Interview with Percy Kerry
What genre do you write and why?
I have always written in the genre of crime fiction, because that is the only genre I love and have read since I started reading books. Therefore that is the only genre I feel comfortable writing in.
Tell us about your latest book.
My book, What The Eye Sees, is a novelette, and the first book in The Crimocopoiea Series starring FBI Special Agent John Hartigan. This story is about a young girl who disappears from her home one night, and how the subsequent investigations reveal the shocking truth about the disappearance.
What formats is the book available in?
The book is available both in Kindle form on Amazon, and also in the print version on Lulu.
Who are your favourite authors?
My favourite authors are crime authors like Agatha Christie, Sir Conan Doyle, James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Steig Larsson and also Erle Stanley Gardner.
What advice do you have for other writers?
My advice for other writers is to write what is on their minds and close to their heart, waiting to be written, because that is the best book they can possibly write. The point is to write for yourself and not for others, because the content in your book should come from your heart.
Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?
In my opinion, readers will enjoy the book because it’s a fresh take on writing a crime thriller, with the story having being given a verisimilitude beyond that of a crime story. I have tried to make this story a bit about the various psychological factors that inspire the committing of a crime, and then also entertain the readers of crime fiction with twists, turns and surprises.
Who designed the cover?
I designed the cover of the book myself, using a cover designer software.
Where can a reader purchase your book?
The print version can be purchased at Lulu.com (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/percykerry), and the Kindle version from Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HB77JU4).
What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.
I am currently writing the second book in the Crimocopoiea series, The Crimson Dahlia. This book won the NaNoWriMo 2013, and should be out by mid- March this year.
What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing?
For independent authors, self- publishing is any day better than traditional publishing. Because, first of all, self-publishing gives you overall control of what you want to write, how much time you will take to write it, how you will design the cover and conceptualize the book, royalties and where you want to market it. True, the marketing and promotion take up your time and sources, but at least you are getting your own work out there, as you want it to be. Traditional publishing though, requires the author to only write and they do all the rest, is more a matter of luck than of talent. They may or may not like your story, depending on their requirements. Self-publishing is better in that way as well. But then, if a self-published author with a well-established fan base gets a traditional book deal, then it’s prudent for him to accept it and increase his readership and popularity.