Interview with Dr. Paul Perkins

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The research. From the research springs characters and plot. From the moment I begin reviewing background material images start to form in my mind, and from their the story develops.
What do your fans mean to you?
I wish I knew who my fans are, because each time a person reads one of my books they glimpse a part of me. To know them would add to the wealth of my own experience.
What are you working on next?
I am rewriting and editing "The Prayer of a Transformed Life," at the same time I am writing the first in a Viking Trilogy. I have another book, "The Blue Door," that is in the process as well, but I have set it aside for the moment.
Who are your favorite authors?
In enjoy Isaac Asimov, Douglas Adams, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dog, he has to go out. But really, life has meaning because of my relationship with Jesus Christ. There are days I don't want to get out of bed because the world seems oppressive, but I know that Joy comes from the Father and when I rest in Him the world is a better place.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a regular job, but I like scifi tv, riding my motorcycle, spending time with my wife, and when they are around my children and grandchildren are a constant source of joy.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I belong to Goodreads as well as Bookdaily. I also have children and friends who are constant readers who give me suggestions. My new daughter-in-law reads around 50 books a year.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was called Sphere's. My son says I should rewrite it but I haven't gotten around to it.
What is your writing process?
I do research on the main idea of the topic and then I start writing. The main characters are set but their interaction with others is dictated by the story, and that comes with each new paragraph. Once the book is finished I go back and fill in gaps and rewrite to smooth out rough edges.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first real novel I read was the Hobbit. I read it in High School and it so captivated me that I continued reading.
How do you approach cover design?
My son and daughter-in-law are graphic artists. I give them and idea and they put together ideas for me. Sometimes I will design a cover myself but picking something from the story that portrays an important part of the story.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy Scifi the most and mystery stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Ipad, I'm sorry is there any others?
Describe your desk
It is an electronic mess. But I don't use it for writing. I like to sit in crowed places where people are mulling around. I write on my iPad and the sounds of people become white noise, but the energy is motivating. Sometimes I will stop and watch them if I am stuck on an idea.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It follows three generations of Vikings who are struggling with their call to honor while fighting for their way of life. King Charlemagne is the main antagonist whose strategy of forced conversion creates an environment where the personal lives of this family are cast into turmoil.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The ease in which one can publish. I have tried publishing in the past and traditional avenues are difficult unless you have connections.
Published 2014-07-31.
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