Interview with Justin A. Perry

When did you first start writing?
I began writing when I was fifteen, as I was reading a copy of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot. To this day, I still look to King for the most inspiration as a writer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, the greatest thing I can do with my writing is make people feel. I can either make them feel terrified, horrified, happy, or sad, but as long as I can make them feel, it's worth it to me. Plus, it helps me to express an inner longing to have my words read by someone, anyone.
Who are your favorite authors?
Well, first of all, Stephen King is and always will be my favorite, because he got me started writing. Others include Ray Bradbury, Charles Bukowski, Christopher Hitchens, the authors of the Beat Generation, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, Dean Koontz, John Steinbeck, and R. L. Stine. And not to mention Stephen Crane, whose poetry inspired me to write poems myself.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. It was called "Don't Look Under the Bed", named after a Disney Channel movie I loved as a kid, with the same monster and everything. I still have it, just to remind myself how I got my start.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King, because this is the book that made me pick up a notebook and a pen and start writing
2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, mostly because I needed to have something, anything from Steinbeck on this list
3. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl, the first book that I genuinely loved reading for pleasure
4. A tie between The World According to Garp by John Irving and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, the two most beautiful and heartbreaking stories I've ever read in my life
5. War is Kind by Stephen Crane, this obscure book of poetry is what inspired me to write poems of my own
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything and everything I can get my hands on, for all ages, and in any genre.
What are you working on next?
I'm always working on about a hundred things at once, so that's kind of tough. I think the thing I'll be focusing on the most though is a novella inspired by the film version of The World According to Garp by John Irving.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading on my own is Where the Wild Things Are. Let's face it, who hasn't this book impacted at some point in their life or another?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Depending on where the e-book is, either my laptop or the Kindle Fire.
What is your writing process?
To be honest, there really is no process with me. I write whatever comes into my head, only rarely do I ever plot out what will happen in any sort of minute detail. Most of the ideas I don't have time for at the moment just get written down in little notes detailing the basic idea of it. That's just the way it works for me with short stories, novels, plays, novellas, and screenplays. Poems and songs are even easier. For those, the words come into my head, I write them down, and I don't stop until I finish. I don't write drafts either. I usually just write a story until it's finished, wait about a week, then go in and edit any grammatical mistakes there may be. Very rarely do I add or take away anything at all.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, listening to music, watching movies and TV shows, reading some more, playing pointless games on my Kindle, listening to more music, and reading.
How do you approach cover design?
All of my cover designs are based on the book they represent. For example, if I'm publishing a horror story, the cover will be dark in tone and color. Whereas if I'm publishing a mainstream fiction piece, the tone and color will be lighter. Poetry collections are different though. I try to design a cover based on the overall feel of the poems contained in the collection. I also use a very minimalist style for my covers. In my opinion, less really is more.
Published 2014-11-21.
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Books by This Author

The Misadventure of Another Tell-Tale Heart
Price: Free! Words: 2,720. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
This is a modern (and slightly more gruesome) retelling of Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart".
Darker Verse to Cast a Curse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,500. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A collection of poems that deal with matters of the heart, the mind, and most of all... death.
The Hook
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,110. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
This is the story of Dean, his girlfriend Janice, and the madman that wants to see them both dead. A new spin on the frightening urban legend with shout-outs to classic 1980s slasher films, this story will keep you on the edge of your seat (and out of your car).
As the Mind Fades Slowly Into Dust
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,660. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is the story of a man who thinks he may be losing his mind, and it frightens him. His memories are fading. How long can he keep them?