Interview with Terry Perrine

What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Janissaries series by Jerry Pournelle

The Janissaries starts with a group of soldiers in an impossible situation, expecting to die in a very short time. From that point on, those soldiers are constantly struggling and using their wits to conquer adversity. I love the way Pournelle keeps the tension and the stories moving.

The Omega Force Series by Joshua Dalzelle

This, as of now seven book series takes a group of mercenaries and puts them into situations which force them to act. Even though these are mercenaries, regardless of the situation, their honor and loyalty are paramount. These are standards that I strive to bring into the characters in my own stories.

Robert Heinlein

His so-called adolescent books, particularly Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, Citizen of the Galazy, Tunnel in the Sky, Farnham's Freehold, and Starship Troopers. All, in one manner or another, carrying interesting storylines that include unexpected educational bits, but also paint people into intriguing situations and worlds in vibrant colors that open the mind's eye.
What do you read for pleasure?
Military Space based Science Fiction, though I do enjoy an occasional break reading a good novel like Stephen Coonts "Liberty's Last Stand." I hate the term "Space Opera," because it makes sound so made up, like one of Shakespeare's plays.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. I read my Kindle Fire or Kindle Cloud Reader primarily.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Placing ads in weekly shoppers guides has really worked well for me. I tried ads in the SciFi convention pubs and newspapers. Both a financial waste of time and money.
Describe your desk
LOL! Massively cluttered. My wife is a neat freak, so she can't stand to even look at it... but she doesn't bother it, either.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a native born Oregonian, though I grew up on a small farm in the coal mining country of Southern Illinois. I was always a daydreamer, and in my younger years I got teased because I was always off daydreaming about things. Now, I use my daydreams to develop plots and characters.
When did you first start writing?
Writing was always something I thought you had to know how to do. But, when I was living in Belgium, with nothing else to do except work, I started trying to write. My first story basically dead ended. I had no idea how to back track, revise and move forward. Now, I realize that there are times when no matter how much effort you've put into the story, you have to backtrack if you want to move forward. But it's still painful.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm glad that someone finally asked this question. The answer is the overwhelming power of corporations: greed, their belief that they can justify doing anything for the holy dollar, their disregard for the impact they have on those around them, and how one person, one man with honor and care for others can stand up and make a difference.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly, I believe that if you don't have a publicly known name or celebrity, it's a waste of time to submit your manuscript to any of the large publishing houses. I'd be dead and buried long before my manuscript was accepted if I waited to be published by one of those.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes self-published authors work available to other major distributors. This is a huge benefit as it greatly broadens the market for indie work. I don't expect to get rich from my writing. I will be happy if people read my stories, though I won't turn down any money they make, either.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing others read and enjoy my stories. While I love good reviews, and will accept well meant ahd helpful reviews designed to help me improve my writing craft.

I hate reviews from amateur "critics" who take great pleasure in enthusiastically trampling other people's work, particularly when they haven't got the guts to try to write themselves.
What do your fans mean to you?
The fans are everything. Without fans to read your books, there'd be no reason for taking the time to write and share my stories.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently editing the sequel to my first book, though I haven't settled on a title yet.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jerry Porunelle
Joshua Dalzelle
Raymond Weil
Stephen Coonts
Robrt Heinlein
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Have to get up and take care of my puppy dogs.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Gardening (or, as I am now, planning for next years garden), Woodworking, though nothing fancy. I love target range shooting, though I don't get to go out as much as I'd like to, Photography, particularly scenic's. I love to travel, and spending time with my family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually I scan sites like and Smashwords. Generally, I follow certain authors that I've found that I like. However, if a story has a good synopsis, I'm often willing to give it a try. If it hasn't caught my enthusiasm in 100 pages, then I move on to something.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was horrible. A wizards and warriors fantasy that was incredibly boring. The only thing that happened was the characters did a lot of travelling.
What is your writing process?
I am NOT a script writer. My stories and more free flowing. I start with a premise... What would happen if... Then I let the story flow. Put the hero in an impossible situation, then see how they work their way out of it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Probably Heinlein'g "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel." Talk about something that makes you want to go to space!
How do you approach cover design?
I have an idea of what I want the cover to show, then work with the cover designer to try to get close to that vision.
Published 2016-11-08.
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Books by This Author

Storm Coming
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,210. Language: American English. Published: November 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Something is wrong on Cabra III. Two League Patrol crews have disappeared. Storm's captain is publicly tortured and executed. CorpSecurity is searching for him and his crew. Pursued by CorpSecurity and abandoned by League Patrol, they defy the codes they hold dear to seek justice. Will they be the next crew to disappear? Can Storm save them? Military science fiction action adventure at it's best.