Hello, my name is Ana. Welcome to my blog! I started this blog to motivate myself to write every day. I embarked on a writing journey to find out all I could about the writing world. There are a lot of techniques and ways to write. However, I enjoy writing because it allows me to share my feelings, experiences, inspirational/motivational things, personal interest stories, as well as writing information, with others. My goal is to write a daily devotional/journal. I am a Christian and have discovered that faith is never losing hope. I welcome your feedback and anything you would like to share. Thank you for visiting.
"Dan Perkins is a Registered Investment Advisor with over 40 years of experience
in managing money and has turned his analytical skills from the markets to
writing his thriller debut titled “The Brotherhood of the Red Nile, A Terrorist
Perspective”. An Ohio native, Perkins currently resides on Sanibel
Island, Fl home of many published authors".
I had the privilege of interviewing new author Dan Perkins.
What motivated you to take the
creative writing class?
The Big Arts Center on Sanibel offers many enrichment courses for
residents. In the past I have taken several courses over the years. Watercolor
painting, clay, fusing glass, large brush acrylic painting are just some of the
classes I have taken, but I was looking for something different.
It was November 2011 when I got the winter 2012 catalogue of courses and
I was really looking for a course on IMovie but they didn’t offer one but I did
see an introductory course in writing Mysteries and Thrillers. It was four two-hour
sessions.I signed up and the first
class, February 6, 2012, my instructor, who herself has published 12 novels
said, “You will know in two weeks if you can be a writer.” I was shocked but I
thought. “If I can’t write I can go back
to my golf game that needs work.”
I went home the first night and I sat at the keyboard and wrote 1,000
words. I came up with the title, developed the story line, and began to fill in
the main players. By the end of that first night I knew the ending of the book.
I went to the next class at by that time I had 5,000 words and I asked my
instructor. “Is it possible that with no formal training in writing I could
know the ending of the book?” She asked, “What did I mean when I said I could
see the ending?” I told her, “In my minds eye I can see the last line, in the
last paragraph on the last page.” She said, “No that is not normal for a writer
with one weeks experience.”
I continued to write and at some point in writing the first book I knew
it would have to write a trilogy. When I came to that conclusion I could see
the beginning and the end of books two and three. All three books were as I
envisioned them to be during the first book.
Book one took 90 days to write at 116,000 words published, book two also
took 90 days and published last month at 142,000 words. Book three was
completed to the day exactly 18 months to the day from the keystroke of book
one and it will be about 130,000 words and is expected out in early summer
Where did the original idea to write
your book come from?
have thought about that question because I have been asked it many times. The
only answer I can come with is, “I believe that my instructor turned on a
switch that was off my whole life. And that motion of turning on the switch
released a gift from God. That first night the idea came from God.
What is the hardest thing about writing
When I start writing its like a small snowball rolling down a hill. As it grows
in size it gathers momentum. When I start writing my head is so full of ideas I
find it very difficult to stop.
How are your books unique?
tell me that when they read my books the stories are so engaging that you can’t
tell the difference between fiction and reality. The events are extremely
realistic.The people and their
relationships and event make you think you are reading non-fiction. I have been
told that it is very hard to put them down once you start reading and they are
addictive, you read the first book and immediately you want to go to book two.
I get e-mails all the time from book two readers wanting to know how soon book
three will be out.
What are your favorite books to read?
like what I write about: thrillers and I do love history. I have an idea for a
historical thriller that could be challenging and exciting.
Do you have any stories about the
was in Hollywood talking with writers, actors, directors and producers. One
famous actor who read my book had doughnuts in Hollywood with me said, “I have
read your book and I loved it, you are a natural writer, you have a gift, NEVER
TAKE ANOTHER WRITING CLASS.”
What is your writing philosophy?
are the first to ask that question and I don’t know if I have a philosophy. I
think of myself as a good storyteller and a painter. I want to tell stories
that entertain and that paint pictures in people’s minds.
How do you reach your readership? I try and make as many personal appearances (Expanded Book Signings) as I
can and spend a lot of
time on radio and some TV. I get a great many e-mails and
I try and answer everyone myself.
Do you write everyday and what is
your writing schedule like?
When I first started writing I could write every day but with two books
out and radio, TV and interviews along with editing book three I don’t write as
much as I used to. I hope to get back to a routine. When I do write I like to
write after dinner with my wife and I may write 4 to 6 hours before I stop. I
do try to write some everyday. If I’m not writing I’m thinking about the story
and what I want to do not only today but also down the line.
What project are you working on now
and when can we look forward to seeing the finished product?
I’m currently writing a sequel to the trilogy that I hope will be a
series of books built around a cast. I would hope that it would be out winter