Sue Perry

Biography

... Concert stage, dark except for a deep blue spotlight. Singer drops to one knee and his narration evolves from murmur to rant. "This is the story of a man who got what he wanted but he lost what he had. He got what he wanted but he lost what he had. He got –" ...

It goes on forever. It's mesmerizing. Uncomfortable. Confessional.

Pretty sure this memory is from the time I saw James Brown, decades ago, but the lost identity of the singer isn't the point.

I've spent my life gazing across some fence or other, admiring greener grass over yonder. I've acted on so many impulses to jump the fence. No complaints, but it has sure taken me a long time to appreciate where I'm standing right now. And nowadays that blue spotlight chant fills my head whenever I contemplate a new jump.

Sometimes I jump back.

I was a low–budget television producer until I wrote a psychological thriller, "Was It A Rat I Saw", which Bantam–Doubleday–Dell published in hardcover in 1992. Soon after that I became the mother of twins, jumped into graduate school, and became a disaster scientist. I dabbled in academia, government research, and consulting.

I stopped writing fiction for nearly two decades, until I noticed how much I missed it. I resumed writing novels with the literary fiction "Scar Jewelry" about a family with secrets that started in the era of Los Angeles punk and persist for decades; then began the speculative detective quartet FRAMES, with "Nica of Los Angeles" and "Nica of the New Yorks". Also in progress is a nine novella series, the young adult paranormal horror romance, "DDsE".

Funny. Back in the day, I had a single book idea at a time. Now I'm flooded with them, can't keep up with them, though I write just about every day.

I live in southern California. I had to leave for five years to confirm this is where I belong. I live with multiple cats, comfortably close to my twins and granddaughter. Like my life paths, my friends and family are all over the damn place. I like to visit them, spend time at the ocean, explore cities, and go out to hear live music.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The adventure continues.
Why do your novels have playlists on Spotify?
No question that writing is my calling, but if I had my druthers (or any talent), I’d be a musician. I missed my chance during the punk era, when ability was optional.

Music is exceedingly important to my writing – and the rest of my life. I can’t write while listening to music, yet music dictates the shape and feel of every page.

I’ve now got playlists on Spotify (a digital music service) that summarize the music that constructed my latest novels, NICA OF LOS ANGELES and SCAR JEWELRY. To listen, follow scperryz on Spotify.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Sue Perry online


Where to buy in print


Books

DDsE, Book 4
Series: DDsE. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,790. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban
A girl, a boy, a feral cat, pursuit by unhuman things. Love, tragedy, adventure, and danger unfold in the diary of a 16yo girl.
Nica of the New Yorks
Series: Frames. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 123,870. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
A self-appointed private eye solves cases and fights evil across the infinite co-existing dimensions of the Frames, a universe where buildings and lawn chairs might be sentient, stray cats have great powers, books can be killers, and clouds can be spies.
DDsE, Book 3
Series: DDsE. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,000. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(5.00)
A girl, a boy, a feral cat, pursuit by unhuman things. Love, tragedy, adventure, and danger unfold in the diary of a 16yo girl.
DDsE, Book 2
Series: DDsE. Price: Free! Words: 17,090. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00)
A girl, a boy, a feral cat, pursuit by unhuman things. Love, tragedy, adventure, and danger unfold in the diary of a 16yo girl.
DDsE, Book 1
Series: DDsE. Price: Free! Words: 14,630. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(4.00)
A girl, a boy, a feral cat, pursuit by unhuman things. Love, tragedy, adventure, and danger unfold in the diary of a 16yo girl.
Nica of Los Angeles
Series: Frames, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 104,520. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.33)
When rookie private eye Nica takes on a mysterious case, she enters a world of multiple dimensions called Frames, where buildings and lawn chairs can be sentient, a stray cat has great powers, books can be killers, and clouds can be spies. At home, Nica solves missing person cases; in the larger reality of the Frames, she gets swept into an escalating battle with stakes that could not be higher.
Was It A Rat I Saw
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 135,740. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.67)
To end life-threatening seizures,Tommy Dabrowski has an operation that disconnects the two sides of his brain. After that, only half his brain can still communicate with the outside world - and it's the other half that becomes a witness to murder. The death toll rises as brain researcher Clare Austen and Tommy race against time to figure out what Tommy knows before the killer comes for them.
C.R.I.M.E. Science - Book 1: The Beginning
Series: C.R.I.M.E. Science. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,670. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.00)
A misfit group of scientists and tech whizzes form a detective agency in order to solve crimes and right wrongs. In this, the first book of a series, they investigate the death of a renowned volcano scientist. He dies in a volcanic eruption in what everyone considers a terrible accident. Everyone except his widow, who insists he was murdered.
Scar Jewelry
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 87,710. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00)
What do we really know about our parents or the ways they shape us? For twins Deirdre and Langston, 20, the answer is: not enough. With their father long dead, and their mother now in a coma, they realize they don't even know whom to notify. In fact, they understand almost nothing about their mother. They delve into her life and uncover secrets that revise the past and transform the future.

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