D.R. Perry has been writing for as long as she can remember. She started asking ‘what if’ and hasn’t stopped. She says this question has had long reaching effects for her, like tossing a pebble in the pond and watching the ripples spread out. She’s never stopped asking, watching and listening and it has become a source of endless ideas and inspiration for the almost dozen books she has out. The act of writing is so important to her that she gave up her favorite video game to make more time to do it. Before she began writing, she raided as a Night Elf Priest on World of Warcraft, now she considers herself to be just a casual player preferring to spend her time writing instead.
Welcome to the June edition of the Indie BLT Spotlight. If you are here, you are part of a network of readers and authors who love Indie/small press Authors. Each month I spotlight a new Indie/small press author. You get to ‘meet’ my featured author, and learn how they came to be an author, how they approach their craft and many other exciting facts. You’ll also be eligible for a sweepstakes in which I’ll give away one or more of their books so you can sample their work! What could be more exciting than that?
This month I’m spotlighting 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. She’s a member of a group called the Awethors, they meet at cons, share tables and even run a panel sometimes. I will have the pleasure of shaking her hand this June at AwesomeCon, June 16-18. She can be found with her other Indie author friends in Artists Alley. You can learn more and who will be with her by visiting the Awethors site.
D.R. Perry is a prolific and talented author with almost a dozen books to her credit and three anthologies that she’s made contributions to. She’s the author of the Providence Paranormal College series, which tells the story of a new world in which the paranormals have been discovered and accepted into society. The series focuses on the events and romance that happen as they go to college and get to know each other. She’s working on putting out boxed sets this summer so look for them.
I’ve read two of this series, Bearly Awake and Fangs for the Memories and greatly enjoyed both of them. I can hardly wait to have time to read more. I’m looking forward to Dragon My Heart Around because I love Blaine, the dragon shifter in the series. Unfortunately I read them before I was posting reviews on my website, my reviews can be found on Amazon though by clicking on the titles above.
Find her favorite review here!
The second series she has out is the La Famiglia di Mostri series, a series of stories about crime bosses and paranormal monsters as they battle for dominance, justice and revenge. The first book, A Change in Crime, was released in time for me to review it for the spotlight and I greatly enjoyed it, despite the fact that I typically don’t read in the crime genre. You can read my review here. The short of it? I loved it and can’t wait for the sequel, I’m hoping more than one, to come out. She’s told me that book 2 is due out soon.
As if two active series isn’t enough Perry has a third series in the works. The Supernatural Vigilante Society will take place entirely in Rhode Island and will feature three books per character. She tells me that currently she has plans for a vampire hero, a werewolf hero, and an alchemist heroine. I wonder if I could convince her to write a mermaid heroine series too? I’m excited to see what she brings with this series.
Finally, Perry has also been included in three anthologies, The Longest Nightwatch, Volume 1 and Volume 2, and Stardust Always. Both of the Longest Nightwatch anthologies were written to raise awareness of Alzheimers’s disease, and funds for research. Volume 1 was specifically to honor Sir Terry Pratchett. Stardust Always was written to honor the memories of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, and to raise funds for cancer research. Perry has a poem titled Ticker at the beginning of The Longest Nightwatch volume 2 that left chills on my arms.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Not only is she a talented paranormal author, she’s an amazing poet too.[/perfectpullquote]
On Being an Author
Perry describes herself as a regular writer, she enjoys the flexibility of being able to stay home and work and she intends to stay Indie for the time being because it allows her to write what she wants, where she wants and how she wants. She likens herself to being a pioneer, self reliant in a community of others who are doing the same thing. She loves the community feel she has in her Indie Author groups and the friends she’s made because she chose this route. It enables her to dream up an idea and write it without a publisher shooting her down because it might not be popular. She also likes the opportunities it brings to collaborate with other authors and hopes for some crossovers someday. She doesn’t see herself ever wanting to be anything other than an Indie author.
I asked D.R. Perry what the best way she thought someone could help an Indie author was, and she responded with the word share. She says it is so much more than recommending a book you love to a friend. She wants to know what her readers love, hear their ideas on her stories and what they’d like her to explore next. (Mermaids!) Did you love a character she created? Tell her! She might write a story about them! (Mermaids!) She’d love to have her fans ask her a ‘what if’ question instead of asking herself all the time.
Finally, we all know that being an Indie author is never a one-woman show. We may call it independent but it is really very dependent on a wide network of talent and help that the reader is hardly aware of. Perry would like to thank her support team; C.A. King, who helped her reach out to YA audiences, Jefferey Cook, who helped her learn how to work live events, R.R. Virdi who she describes as “the most motivational person” she knows, Patty Jansen, who helped her improve her presentation and marketing, and finally, ARIA, Rhode Islands organization for authors.
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