FHU Student Publishes Debut Novel

March 18, 2014

“Mark of the Corripian,” the debut novel of Freed-Hardeman University freshman Bethany Parker, was released Feb. 25. Tate Publishing and Enterprises, a Christian-based, family-owned organization, is the publisher of the young adult science fiction/fantasy novel.


“Mark of the Corripian” is set hundreds of years in the future. Humans live on the planet Macathia, where they have cultivated powers called “Abilities.” The story follows Zenia as she is forced to leave her home and survive with the help of the mysterious Xavier, according to the author.

Parker plans to turn her work into a four-novel series.

A native of Indian Springs, Ala., Parker began writing the first manuscript for “Mark of the Corripian” her junior year of high school. Her passion for storytelling, however, began when she was much younger. “Making up stories has always been an interest of mine,” Parker said. “I write to express myself and to escape the stresses of life.”

Parker hopes to go on a book tour for “Mark of the Corripian” in the next few months. In the meantime, she will continue to work toward degrees in criminal justice and psychology at FHU. “For now, my plan is to continue writing as a hobby alone,” she said. According to Parker, her degrees will be helpful in her writing, particularly when creating believable, relatable characters.

For more information on Parker’s book, visit her website at corripianchronicles.wordpress.com. “Mark of the Corripian” can be purchased online at Amazon, barnesandnoble.com and the publisher’s website.