S.L. PERRINE author of many award-winning, best-selling works and staff member at BWP.
31+ questions in 31 days for 31 authors
The Burning Willow Press authors wish to help you celebrate the best month of the year, October. How you may ask? By giving you a different author from the ranks each day with in depth answers to questions that our staff have decided to ask them. Many will be generic, others not so much. Let’s get to know the authors of BWP! Oh, and did we forget to mention… the staff there are all authors too so they have decided to chime in with some answers of their own.
TBK: So first, when did you realize that the voices in your head were telling you to write stories or go mad with all that stuck in your head?
S.L.: Who says I haven’t gone mad already? In 2012 I started writing, but it didn’t stick until 2014. I was tired of people asking me what I was thinking about all the time. So, I started writing it down.
TBK: I know many writers who jump in all different genres, so what is your favorite to write?
S.L.: I did jump, and for a while I thought it hurt me more than help. I’ve yet to find the audience for my steamier books. Not quite erotica, but close enough I think.
Instead of labeling for age group, I found that all of my books seem to have the same pattern…paranormal romance, YA++++ lol
TBK: Currently, there are over a million books that I want to read… and some I have in the past I wish I had written myself, do you have any that you read that you thought about and said, I wish I had written that book?
S.L.: Oh, man the books. I’ve never wished I wrote any that I’ve read. I’ve wished that I thought of little things. Concepts and character ideas. Lots all end up similar in what I’ve read. I strive to try and make my books less like the rest.
TBK: What is your favorite book not written by you? See that question is not the same as the other one above… to follow up, what was your favorite book that you wrote?
S.L.: My favorite not written by me is The Splintered Series by A.G. Howard. It’s a gothic retelling or continuation of Alice in Wonderland. It’s about her Alice’s granddaughter finding out she is really the granddaughter of the Red Queen. Alice never made it out of Wonderland.
My favorite book I’ve written is Ravana Moon. I’m in love with the entire series. The development has taken about a year to accomplish. I’ve got about seven books lined up so far. Four short stories to explain the details prior to when the books take place, and a project with a co-author for another series in which Ravana makes a few cameo appearances.
TBK: When the muse is off doing their own thing instead of pushing you to write, albeit by gunpoint at times, what is your favorite time-waster?
S.L.: Candy crush, reading or working on the next cover needed by BWP. Yes, I’m staff at BWP, which means I don’t get free time. Edd is a slave driver.
TBK: What is the one thing that you must do to get into a writing mood. For me, it is listening to 80’s hair metal.
S.L.: Well, it depends on the day and on the story. Ravana requires rum. For my witches I need hard rock blaring. Fairytales make me want to listen to classical, and when I’m on deadline for an anthology submission I need quiet.
TBK: Is editing your story just part of the job or does it literally kill a part of you to “kill your children” as it has been said? What about making revisions?
S.L.: I don’t edit after I write my MS. The only thing I change is punctuation or words to make it sound less like a five-year-old threw together some sentences and called it a day. I sometimes must fix a plot hole or dates, timeframes. Other than that, there is no killing of the children for me.
TBK: When you read a book by another author do you ever look at it and criticize it or edit it in your head as the way you would have done it yourself?
S.L.: I don’t edit it as I would have done it. I only edit it if there are typos and punctuation errors. I tend to catch them way more now, even from the big five publishers, than I did before I started actually paying attention to my own. After my first editor botched my book, I vowed to always make it a habit to over edit my books. I have a few programs to catch what I might not, and I listen to them in word before I’m satisfied that they are properly edited.
TBK: What would you like to be chiseled into your headstone?
S.L.: I don’t want a headstone. I plan to come back as a vampire and live forever.
Seriously, I will live forever in my books. I don’t need to have anything special written on a headstone. I plan on being cremated. Why take up more of the earth’s valuable soil to plant a carcass? My plot in the cemetery should be a vegetable garden.
TBK: What was your favorite candy to get at Halloween as a kid?
S.L.: Peanut butter and chocolate…Reese’s, duh! Isn’t that everyone’s favorite?
TBK: What is your favorite Halloween ritual? And if you do not do that… what is your favorite Halloween movie?
S.L.: Movies and popcorn with the kids. They have surpassed the age of going door to door. I just buy the candy now. I think this year we’re getting a Ouija board to start a new tradition.
TBK: Beach, Mountains, Country, City? And follow up… favorite season… just a hint here… you should say Autumn.
S.L.: I want a house surrounded in trees on top of a mountain. The base of the mountain (not big) is a small private beach out in the middle of nowhere.
Again…duh! Autumn is by far, the best season for an author. You don’t feel like your missing out on anything because it’s too cold for the beach, yet it’s too warm for snow. It’s not too cold to type, for those of us with afflictions. Or too hot, for those same reasons. I can wear my comfy hoody and not sweat to death, but still wear shorts because it’s nice out.
When I get a block I can bake, and not over heat, and I can open the window and make the neighborhood jealous of the smells they can’t taste. You know, the whole reason perfume exists.
TBK: I know my “To Be Read” list is never ending and grows daily… how is yours? And do you prefer paperbacks or e-books? Notice I did not ask about audio?
S.L.: I prefer paperbacks. Lets just get that out of the way. However, ebooks are easier to come by because of price point. If I really want to own something in paperback, I never get it on kindle. Mainly because I will read it, and never think of it again until I get bored and want something to re-read, which never happens.
Currently, I have over four hundred ebooks on my Kindle, and about two hundred paperbacks on my shelves.
TBK: If you could not be an author then what would you be?
S.L.: That’s blasphemous. I won’t answer it and you can’t make me. In the past however, I have been a security guard, a cosmetologist, a nurse and just mom. I’ve never thought about returning to any of them.
TBK: What was your childhood ideal job to be as an adult?
S.L.: I wanted to be a doctor. Then I decided I wanted to be a cop. When I was eighteen I went to the Navy recruitment center to enlist. I had to finish my senior year, but then I got pregnant and my dreams changed.
TBK: Cats, dogs, both, other?
S.L.: No, no, no, and no. I have no pets. I tell people I have four kids and a husband. I have enough animals. At some point I may get a puppy, but I need a yard first. Lol
TBK: Advice in one sentence to a new author who is not published yet?
S.L.: Don’t feel like writing is something you do when you have time. You either make time or don’t do it at all with the assumption that your going to be able to stick to deadlines. Don’t assume you can get into a big publishing house right away. Don’t expect anyone other than you to do the work of promoting your work. And, do not, under any circumstances think for one minute that other self, indie or newbie authors are going to want to hear you whine about how much you can’t “find” time to write and promote.
Writing is like raising children and once you know the meaning of that phrase, then you’re no longer a newbie.
TBK: Do your siblings or other family members support your choice to write horror? Fantasy? Erotica… if you do? SCIFI? Other genres?
S.L.: They all are ok with it. I doubt all of them know everything I write. I don’t think any but one of my sister’s has read any of my books (I have four) and a cousin. Also, I sometimes feel that just because I’m not with a publisher like Random House, that they don’t consider me an author.
It’s just a feeling I get.
TBK: Do you ever use writing as an excuse to get out of doing things with the family… especially the in-laws?
S.L.: Um, yes. All the time. Although they hear that I’m sick, or tired. Which I usually am, but it’s my excuse to keep writing.
TBK: If you had wrote a sex scene in your book, would you be embarrassed to have your mom read it?
S.L.: No, but I may have been embarrassed if my grandmother read it.
TBK: Beta Readers, Proofers, Editors… all are important to produce a better work of literature. So, who would you say is the most important in your team? Or do you not have those in place and are working on that?
S.L.: Oh man, I have so many. Some I have seen go from Beta readers to authors themselves. Or to PA’s because they enjoy being in the industry but don’t feel they could write.
TBK: In your day of writing… do you push through it all day or do you take mental breaks?
S.L.: I have to get up once in a while to stretch my body. Other than that, I try to push through. Facebook always tends to catch my eye, or if something is going on around me, I get sucked in. Especially if the Hubs is watching a good movie.
TBK: What do you have coming out in the next year and who is producing it?
S.L.: I haven’t thought about the next year. I’m still busy finishing what’s coming out this year. Most of what I have coming out are the third books in my series; The Crawford Witch Chronicles, The Beast Within and Ravana Moon. I do have a couple new ones. Alara’s Curse, my Sleeping Beauty retelling, and Mists of Fury, the first in the Skylar Ryan Chronicles.
All of them are being published by BWP, except Ravana Moon. That one is with Hot Ink Press.
TBK: What is your go to alcoholic beverage of choice?
S.L.: I love alcohol. Wait, that wasn’t the question.
This summer I’ve been drinking spiced rum with ginger ale. It’s a current favorite, but I can’t say it won’t change.
TBK: In the book, Misery by Stephen King, his main character celebrates the end of the Misery books series by smoking a cigar and drinking a scotch so, how do you celebrate a finished story?
S.L.: I don’t know, but I’ll let you know in a week or two. That’s when I should be done with The Fate’s Seal, the last book in The Blood Rites Trilogy. It’ll be my first completed series.
TBK: Ideas come from all over. I get mine everywhere… so my question is what was the inspiration for the last (or upcoming) book you released?
S.L.: The book I’m working on was inspired by Cate Tiernan’s Sweep Series. It’s about witches and done so well, that I read all sixteen books consecutively.
TBK: Who would you compare your work to and would love to have them read and give you a review of or even better, a tweet and post about it?
S.L.: I don’t think I could compare my work to anyone else’s. I like to be different. I like to think my books are told in a way that nobody’s ever read before. I’m sure there are similarities to someone, but I couldn’t tell you who.
I can say I admire A.G. Howard. She actually follows me on twitter and we’ve had conversations on Facebook about her books. I’d love a shout out from her. She said she’s not read a Sleeping Beauty retelling before, and I’d love for her to read mine and review it.
TBK: Are there any horror or thriller novelists that you admired when you were younger?
S.L.: I don’t read horror novels. Believe it or not. I have denied writing horror for some time now, but I’m told I write it well enough.
TBK: Have you ever had any supernatural experiences? If so, have you ever used it as source material?
S.L.: My family and I were camping. We had the ability to stay one more day but I got a bad feeling. Then later that night I had a dream that my house was on fire. The next day while we were pulling into the driveway a flash of my house on fire due to a spark igniting on a power strip behind my fish tank.
When we got in the house everything was fine, but an hour later it happened. The water was trickling out of the filter down the air tube and electrical cord and started a fire on the power strip. If I didn’t have that premonition my house would have gone up in flames.
I have used this type of gift in my witch series, but not specifically that story.
TBK: Have you ever seen a movie that was better than the book? If so, what was it and why?
S.L.: I haven’t until Divergent. I do like the way the movies portray the books way better than the books themselves. I don’t like it when the main character dies, and in the movie, she gets her happy ending.
TBK: When writing a novel, do you have an intended audience (i.e. adult or young adult)?
S.L.: My books vary in age range. I have some YA, NA and erotica. Although my erotica author friend TL Travis says there’s not enough sex for them to be erotica. I obviously don’t agree lol
TBK: Do you ever base characters on people that you know? If so, do you ever kill said characters and feel bad?
S.L.: Every character in my books is based off someone I know personally or have met in real life. So, be careful about how you act around me.
TBK: I cannot live without Chapstick. What is one comfort item that you must have?
S.L.: EOS. I love the strawberries and cream, and the mint. My daughter keeps stealing them though, so I have to hide them. I’m that person that has one at my desk, in my car, in my purse, in my laptop bag, coat pocket, night stand, etc.
TBK: What is your ideal writing space?
S.L.: My desk, even as messy as it gets. I also enjoy sitting in the Livingroom in my recliner. It’s my happy space.
TBK: Do you ever feel that your characters have a mind of their own and change the course of the planned storyline?
S.L.: Absolutely. I don’t write with a timeline in mind. I don’t even do a timeline. Just ask my co-author, Chad Dennis. I suck at sticking to the damn thing. So, when I sit I have in mind who is what and what’s going to happen, but then the characters have a mind of there own and shit gets real. I get yelled at for it, but it wasn’t my doing…I swear!
TBK: What is your actual role at BWP? Okay now that you have answered that… what else does Edd make you do daily?
S.L.: I am currently the Graphics manager, and webmaster at BWP. I also do some formatting and on a daily, I let Edd call me and rant about whatever is going wrong in the company, and sometimes with personal stuff. It usually lasts about three hours or so, but it’s ok. I’m the work wife.
Then I proceed to yell at him and tell him what he should be doing. Sometimes he actually listens. It’s kinds cool. But, shhh don’t tell him I told you.
TBK: How did you get your position there? Is it worth it? (Realistically, we are not going to tell them. Ha ha.)
S.L.: I told Edd his website sucked ass. I asked for the login info for the website and took over. I volunteer my time on that. Then I was asked to do a cover, and another. When the graphics manager left, our other graphics designer was asked if she wanted the position, which she declined. I kinda just inserted myself into the roll, and then was asked. I said sure I will, and then presented him with a more efficient schedule to help us get covers done in a timelier manner. Next year it’ll be me all by myself. Which I’m okay with. I can handle it… I think.
TBK: Not only a staff member at BWP but also an author yourself, so can you tell me what books you have released or plan to release soon?
S.L.: I have many with BWP. Immortal Slumber and Power Surge, the first two books in the Crawford Witch Chronicles. The Beast Within and The Curse of Ormshire, the first two in The Beast Within series. Next year, I will have the third book to both of those series plus two new books. Alara’s Curse, the first in Of Kings and Queens: A Sleeping Beauty retelling. Then Mists of Fury, the first in the Skylar Ryan series. A book about dragons and the long-lost daughter of the earth goddess.
TBK: Where can we stalk you at? Instagram, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter, website?
S.L.: I’m on all social media platforms. Just search SL Perrine. I also have a website which is linked to most of them.