Summer Author Tour: D.R. Perry

Today’s featured author is D.R. Perry!  Her books are focused more on the paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy side, and she already have quite a few out.  Below I have provided for you exclusive content from one of her novels, “Bearly Awake”, her bio, and my personal interview with her!  Please check out her fabulous work, and enjoy!

BIO

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

1) What is your favorite genre to write, and do you write across different genres?
Like any “favorite” thing of mine, it’s subject to change. Sometimes it’s Paranormal, sometimes Fantasy, sometimes Sci-Fi. I’ve even written Historical stuff. It’s my favorite when I’m writing it.
2) What has your publishing experience been like?
I’ve done some freelance projects and published four of my own books. Right now, I’m publishing one book a month to get the Providence Paranormal College series done. The complete series should be out by December.
3) What is your advice to aspiring authors?
Keep on writing. It’s a practice skill. The more you do, the more you learn. Also, you get faster and better with each story.
4) What do you hope readers will take away from your writing?
Fun! Since PPC is a Paranormal Comedy series (with a touch of serious business thrown in), I hope everyone reading gets some laughs and entertainment.
5) What are you currently working on?
Providence Paranormal College is an institution of higher education for supernatural people. It all started with Bearly Awake, which is about a werebear who never saw snow and wants to hibernate, but can’t if he wants to pass his exams. I’ve gone on to write more books about other characters, including a vampire, a werewolf, and a dragon.
BONUS CONTENT
Book title: Bearly Awake

Blurb: Bobby Tremain’s life used to seem charmed, but since his dad’s crippling accident, he has an avalanche of problems. He’s the first in his family to have a shot at college, also the first to head north of Louisiana. An early snow calls his Bear to hibernate a week before finals, but he needs to pass or he flunks out of Providence Paranormal College.Lynn Frampton’s loneliness is almost more than she can take. She went to college on the other side of the country to get away from the persistent curse of unpopularity in a small town. Once at college, Lynn’s prickly personality has pushed everyone away yet again. At least she’s at the top of her class.Bobby needs Lynn’s help to stay awake and pass his exam, and she discovers she needs companionship more than she’d ever imagined. Lynn’s all set to transfer to a school back home, but Bobby thinks she’s his mate. Can he keep awake long enough to pass, and more importantly, convince his love to stay?

Excerpt: “Think fast!” At the sound of Lynn’s voice, I reached out, plucking a thick stack of rubber-banded index cards from the air. A stinging in my pinkie made me wince. The hibernation urge had me off my game. Usually, I could catch just about anything in human form, and most things in bear. That’s another thing I wouldn’t be able to do this weekend. Let my bear out.
“What are these?” I blinked bleary eyes. The top card had one word on it, but the wide band across the middle blocked too much of it to read.
“My Ecology flash cards.” She switched on and moved a wireless mouse, waking her laptop up. Then, she pulled open a drawer to reveal a USB keyboard. She plugged it into a port, then pulled up an audio app. “Shuffle them.”
“Why do we need cards if you’re setting up your computer?” I sat on the bed to use the nightstand as a card shuffling surface.
“Study aids.” Lynn looked over her shoulder and smiled. “I’ve got all kinds. Trust me, I’m a Valedictorian.” She dropped a wink and I laughed.
“Can you get more specific for the sleep-deprived among us?” I pulled the band off the cards carefully so they wouldn’t go flying.
“This music ought to help keep us awake.” I couldn’t help but sigh with relief. Study tunes were like a last-minute pardon from listening to recordings of Watkins’ lectures. With a few sweeps and clicks, a wailing voice backed by heavy metal thunder poured out of her speakers. I recognized it.
“Iron Maiden?” I had to think for a moment before trying to shuffle them. There were so many, I had to split the deck a few times and shuffle the sections. These cards were serious business. Once they’d been thoroughly mixed, I gathered them together and held them out to Lynn.
“When you want to stay awake, there’s nothing quite like music that chases down your eardrums like a hell-hound.” She took the flash cards back from me and smiled. “Let’s do this!”

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