Dr. Paul Perkins

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For an author writing is as necessary as breathing. They don't write for money or to court literary fame, but because they believe they have something to say. It matters not that anyone will read or listen, the words must be written, and if in the process someone is blessed -- all the more wonderful

Dr. Perkins has written for a long time, but only recently has sought to publish his work and venture into new genres. He believes in education, finally earning his doctorate at the age of 55. He believes that learning never ends, giving fodder to the imagination and breathing life into the characters on his page. His hope is to continue telling stories for a new generation of readers and aspiring authors.

Dr. Perkins' first novel is "Centurion: From glory to glory", but is not his first book. He has written "Legacy to my sons", "The Lost Shepherd", "The prayer of a transformed life", "The Cost", and a verity of Christian Youth Devotionals. 

Interview

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Paul W. Perkins I put the story down for a while, but not too long. If I wait too long then I lose the flow of the story. Most of the time I just write. When I finished the first book in the Viking series I had to go back and change the chronology of events. I kept writing the story and got lost and the time element was off. I picture myself there, my feelings, emotions, and adventure.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Paul W. Perkins Knowing that people enjoy the story. Bad reviews are tough because I want everyone to like what I write, but that will not always be the case. I just love to sit down and watch a story unfold before my eyes.

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Paul W. Perkins Be yourself, write what you like, and tell the story for the sake of the story. I have so many story ideas that I want to jump into the next one before I am finished with the one I am on. I have to force myself to focus. Its my ADAHD, squirrel.

What are you currently working on?

Paul W. Perkins I am working on the Viking Chronicles. The first book is in editing and I am writing the second in the trilogy. 

How do you get inspired to write?

Paul W. Perkins I love telling stories. When my children were young I told "Mountain Men" stories. Now when my grandchildren talk with me on Skype they always ask, "grandpa tell us a story." I just can't stop.

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Paul W. Perkins Centurion came in a dream. I know that sounds weird, but I woke up with a specific scene in my head and couldn't shake it. As I researched the Roman army the story fell into place.