Today’s Author Interview is S.L. Perryman; Author of The Realms Series: Sapphire’s Destiny.
Names and dates of published novels?
Sapphire’s Destiny was published April 24th, 2016 though i do have another series which i ghostwrote for another author in 2015.
What genre/subgenres do you write in?
I write Fantasy novels focusing heavily on magical realism in an urban setting but I tend to mix mythology into my novels.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing in middle school, finishing my very first book called Blast To The Past which will never be seen by anyone…ever, but I didn’t really get into writing until three years ago when I became a stay at home mom.
What made you want to be a writer/ Have you always wanted to write?
Boredom, honestly. when you go from working a full time job to nothing what-so-ever you will find ways to fill the time. In my case I had a daydream that i couldn’t shake and finally decided to grab a pen and paper to write it out hoping that I would find a little releif but instead I found my new obsession.
Who is your favorite author?
I have so many; J.k. Rowling, Scott Westerfeld, C.M. Owens, Chamilla Chafer, Hailey Edwards, and so many more. There is no telling how many other authors I will end up adding to this list. I read a lot, so if an authors writing catches my attention and draws me in, then they will most likely end up becoming one of my favorites.
What was the first piece of fiction that you fell in love with?
The first book I can remember reading over and over again was the Uglies Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld. It’s a dystopian series and it really got my imagination working overtime. I instantly fell in love with Tally-the main character, her friends, and all of the unusual technology in the book.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love creating worlds that don’t exist, getting to know my characters, and seeing where the story ends up because it never ends like you imagined when you first start writing. I love being surprised by my own imagination and the things it comes up with.
How long did it take to write your first/last novel?
The very first novel I wrote was for another author and it was a short story, it took me about a month to finish from start to finish and 3 months to finish the whole series.
As for my books, Sapphire’s Destiny took me 3 years to write; but I was also working on the other novels in the series at the same time, though only the first one is fully finished now.
What are three words that you would choose to describe your writing style?
Descriptive, magical, and adventurous.
Are your characters inspired by real life people, or do you make them up 100%?
Some of my characters have traits of people i know though they aren’t completely the same. They might have the same hair or attitude but that’s about as far as their similarities go. Others are completely made up.
What sort of mood or feelings did you hope to convey to your readers with your latest work?
I want them to embrace the mystery and get lost in the adventure.
Tell us about the main character of your most recent novel.
Sapphire Archer is a single mom with a shadowed past who just wants to take care of her son and is willing to do anything to keep him safe. When a mysterious package shows up on her doorstep, she it thrust into a mysterious magical world and entrusted with a dangerous task.
Along her journey she encounters mythical creatures, visits magical places, and finds out where she really belongs.
How do you go about building an antagonist?
I don’t build any of the characters really, they tend to build themselves. But I do believe that a good antagonist is one who can hide in plain sight without being suspected of anything.
Can you describe for us your writing process?
I write late at night. I find that it’s the only time that I can concentrate without interruption and my imagination works the best during the night hours. That my be because I’m so tired that I start dreaming with my eyes open but the scenes seem to flow better.
What kinds of activities do you enjoy besides writing?
I love puzzles, fishing, hunting mushrooms, growing plants, and learning.
Do you ever need to escape from writing? What do you do to get away?
Yes, if I ever need to escape I binge watch Netflix, read a good book, or do anything that is relaxing.
What is the hardest part for you as an author? Easiest?
The hardest part for me is getting the words from my head onto the paper and trying to make it understandable to everyone else. The easiest part is imagining the story line. I can clearly see the characters, where they are, the conversations they have, and the creatures they interact with; it’s just getting all that stuff onto paper that proves to be a problem.
Any author pet peeves?
Judging a book based off of bad reviews. J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien have some pretty bad reviews but the stories were some of the most successful fantasy novels ever. Also someone leaving a horrible review on someone’s book and saying that they haven’t read the book yet, to me that’s just pointless.
Any authors that you feel directly inspired you, your works, or your style?
I love the worlds that J.R.R. Tolkien created and hope to some day be as good as he. But I also love C.M. Owens writing style and how relatable and loving her characters are.
Would you say that you were good at English in high shcool? If not, what were you good at?
I loved high school English and graduated on the A Honor Role. It wasn’t until college that I started to dislike the subject.
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, what are some ways that you overcome it?
I think everyone comes down with a case of writer’s block at least once in their life. Believe it or not, I wash dishes or clean the house when it happens to me. It gives me time to think the story through and find ways to correct whatever is killing the flow of thoughts.
Any current projects that we can look forward to?
I’m currently working on book 2 in The Realms Series: Blood stone as well as book 1 in the prequel series The Realms Before the Fall: Reign of the Archer, which is Sapphire’s grandmother Alice Archer’s story.
What are your long-term goals as a writer?
I want to finish The Realms Series and The Realms Before the Fall series. Then i want to start working on my dystopian series W. Vs. Z’s as well as a couple of stand alone novels.
Are you planning any spin-off novels?
Yes, The Realms Before the Fall will be a 6 book series. Each book will highlight different characters form The Realms Series, where they came from, and what they were doing up to the point the Sapphire’s Destiny starts.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t worry so much about where you a headed just enjoy the ride.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Join writing groups (there are tons of Facebook), get as much advice as you can from experienced authors, do your research, and never give up. It will all come together eventually, just don’t rush the story or you will regret it.
Don’t dwell on bad reviews. Use the negative reviews to strengthen your writing and make it better.
How can your readers find out more about you and your books?
You can join my Book Club on Facebook where I hang out with everybody, host giveaways, parties with guest authors, sneak peeks at upcoming books, and so much more: www.facebook.com/groups/s.l.perrymanfantasyauthor
Like my author page: www.facebook.com/AuthorSLPerryman
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Check out my website where I blog book reviews, author interviews, and talk about my life and thing I’m doing :www.slperryman.com