Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring D.R. Perry!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Author DR Perry at the “Big E” exposition

Very pleased to have author DR Perry on the blog today – welcome back! Want to know a little more? Here we go:

Where is your hometown? Salem, Massachusetts

What genre(s) do you write? YA Urban and Contemporary Fantasy. I write books about teenagers with powers and the schools they go to.

What have you written? I’m listing names of series because there are nine to ten books in each of those. I have three completed series in the Revealed World. It starts with Providence Paranormal College (2016), continues with Hawthorn Academy (2020) and Gallows Hill Academy (2021-22). I’ve just begun releasing the third series set in Salem, Messing Psychic Academy, as of November 2022. The first book is called Make Yourself and features Ben, a boy with a psychic talent and a disability he didn’t expect. 

Who are your favorite authors? Jane Yolen, Rick Riordan, R.R. Virdi

What were some of your favorite books growing up? A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Hero and the Crown

What do you like best about writing? Perhaps oddly, I enjoy revisions. Writing is a lonely pursuit and I appreciate the feedback I get from the beta readers and editors working for my publisher. Yes, even the negatives. Their comments keep me on the rails, or remind me to add elements I might have missed. And polishing uncut turns of phrase to make them sparkle is always a joy. 

What do you find most challenging about writing? The difficult part is finding enough energy to get the draft down. My health and mobility has declined over the last five years and we’re still not sure why. The physical therapist was kind enough to recommend a rollator walker, which has been a game changer. I got a red one! Despite this, fatigue gets me in a chokehold all too often, so I’ve had to try some unconventional methods and experiment with adaptive equipment. I have addressed this in panels before, and plan to do so in the future. Maybe even at the RI Author Expo. 

Where do you draw your inspiration? I pick pieces of my experiences in this world up, like seashells from beaches, interesting rocks in the park, lengths of wood on a hike. Yes, I still hike, slowly and sometimes, even with the walker. Mine has wheels like a dirt bike for exactly that reason. 

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Rick Riordan! What’s the title going to be? I’d love to write for Rick Riordan Presents. I’m not sure what to title an idea in such early stages, but the series would be about a first-generation Polish-American Jewish girl who discovers a magical migrating hut in the woods behind her school. It’s got chicken legs and belongs to a certain legendary witch, of course. 

Check out her website at http://www.drperryauthor.com

And you can see all of her books at her Amazon page: https://tinyurl.com/7jrnp2u7

How about this GORGEOUS cover?! The author is gifting a copy to one lucky winner. Just answer this question to be eligible: What do you think about adults reading YA (Young Adult fiction)?