Friday, March 10, 2017

Featured Author: D. R. Perry

Welcome Today's Featured Author
D. R. Perry!!

A Change In Crime: A Supernatural Depression-Era Thriller (La Famiglia di Mostri Book 1)

A Change In Crime: A Supernatural Depression-Era Thriller (La Famiglia di Mostri Book 1)

In November of 1929, the last autumn leaves started a domino effect in Fall River. At a time when most give thanks, others lurk at society’s fringes, waiting for a shot at revenge. Power. Redemption.

A Mafia hit leaves Leo Riley homeless and at the mercy of Oguina, a powerful monster under an ancient curse. A hunter with skin in this game stalks the streets, playing cat-and-mouse with the creatures he’s sworn to eliminate. The capo di tutti capi with a secret gazes into a moral abyss, threatening to take his men with him if he falls. All struggle to hold on to humanity.

Unlikely allies join forces, fighting for their rights to Fall River's streets and their very survival. Some will fall, some will rise, but can there ever be a winner when crime and change come to call?

About D.R. Perry:
D.R. Perry lives in Rhode Island, where all her books are set. Although she's not a native New Englander, once up north she got so inspired she couldn't leave. A wild Northern Muse attacked. D.R. used Typing; it was Super Effective.

D.R. writes all kinds of things. Mostly, they have strange and unusual elements. Not strange isotopes or Strontium or anything like that, but creatures who are people or people who are creatures. Beware of the Attack Poetry and rampant puns. Keep off the grass, or the song parodies may bite.

She lives with her husband, daughter, and dog in the Ocean State, which she loves to remind people is not an island and not Long Island. D.R. is well aware that her home state has both of those things, but isn't defined by them. Maybe she likes it here so much because it reminds her that she's also more than the sum of her parts.

D.R. hopes you have as much fun reading her books as she did writing them.

Interview With D. R. Perry:
1. Can you tell us a little about your book?
My book, A Change In Crime, is Alternative History with supernatural elements. In 1929, Leo Riley comes home to find that the local Mafia has killed his family and burned down his house. With nowhere to go, Leo falls back on the secret history of his town, seeking help from a legendary creature. Leo gets more than he bargained for in terms of sheer power, but can he learn to control it before his enemies hit back with a secret weapon of their own?  

2. What’s the best thing about being a writer?
I love how the characters and stories reveal themselves as I work on a project. And, of course, there's nothing like the feeling of holding a book you wrote in your hands.

3. How do you come up with your characters names?
For A Change in Crime and the other books in the series with it, I looked in the census records from the years around the character's birthdates. This helps the characters who belong in the Prohibition era fit there and gives readers a clue about the characters who are actually from other times and places. 

4. What's one random fact about yourself that you can share?
I've always been fascinated by the decades between WWI and WWII. My grandparents showed me pictures and told me stories that captured my imagination. I'd ask their friends to tell me stories, too. 

5. What is a usual writing day like for you?  How is it structured?
I'm very lucky if I can structure my writing days. I've got to write when opportunity strikes. Sometimes, this leaves my poor muse in the dust. Fortunately, he shows up when I revise, however. 

6. If you ever experience a case of writer’s block, how do you cure it?
There are three things that help me bust through writer's block. First, I try writing something short and unrelated to my project, like a poem or some flash fiction. Usually, when I go back to my project, I can write. If that doesn't work, I try taking either a shower or a walk. I often have to write when I'm done with that. And finally, if all else fails, I use music and just start typing. The words from the first few minutes might get cut later, but at least words happened!

7.  What is your favorite comfort food?
There's nothing quite like an apple. I like them sliced with either sunbutter or cheese on the side. 
8. What are writing projects are you currently working on?
I've got the book after A Change in Crime, which is called Wiser Guys. Also, I'm revising and editing book nine in my Providence Paranormal College series. And then, there's the two humor projects I've been slowly building. One of them is about a man who hears aliens and the other is about a vampire who decides to become a masked vigilante and fight crime.

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