Interview with B. J. Perkins

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first story? Well, no. I can, however, remember the first story I ever put on the internet - Evanescent Horizons; the story of a girl and hidden enemies.
What is your writing process?
This is a tough one! I usually plot out the entire story before beginning to write, which can take a few hours to several months, depending on my motivation, stress, and inspiration levels at the time. Then, I begin to write - I usually use Grammarly because it catches a lot of mistakes. Then, I post the chapter where I decide to. At the moment, it's Archive of Our Own [Ao3].
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was Into the Wild by Erin Hunter. It's a story I hold in my heart because it was the first story that really got me into [fan]fiction. I was curious about writing then on and I still am.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read fantasy books for pleasure, as well as some fanfiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Computer, because I don't really have a phone or a Kindle or anything like that.
When did you first start writing?
Seriously? November 2016. But it was a long time before that when I began to write - I don't remember the year, as I was quite young.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a sequel of another one; the protagonist and her friends have to fight against someone who is corrupt.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to write because it's for me. The first thing I really wrote was for myself. The first fanfiction I posted online was for myself. I don't write according to someone else's expectations.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't think I have many fans, but I love all of them anyway. They make me smile in the morning, even if they can't see or hear me. I'd love to speak to them, but I can't.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that there's more to be done. I can do more, be more, see more.
Describe your desk
Small, messy. An Xbox controller to one side and some salt to the other. Half a dozen knick-knacks that I've just picked up and claimed as mine.
Published 2017-11-20.
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