Trish Perry is the author of The Guy I'm Not Dating, Too Good to Be True, and her most recent book, Beach Dreams, a fun summer read. To sneak a peek at Beach Dreams, you can read an excerpt here.
What got you started along the writing road?
I was working on my Psych degree at the university (I went back as an adult), and I thoroughly enjoyed my classes. When some of my courses required writing on my part, I started getting encouraging feedback from my professors. And I realized how much fun I was having with the various writing assignments that came along. That led me to start taking as many Creative Writing courses as I could, and I absolutely loved them. My long-term plans started to change, and by the time I got my degree, I had decided to wait for graduate school and just write and submit for a few years. I never went back to Psychology!
What are some obstacles for you along the writing road?
I was in the middle of raising my kids while I was at college—I had an adolescent daughter and a brand new baby boy. I never considered them obstacles to my writing, but I certainly put them before my writing. So I didn’t get nearly as much writing done as I would have liked back then. But the timing was God’s. If I had written enough to land a contract while my son was still a toddler, I couldn’t have met contract deadlines and participated in the after-publication marketing required of most authors.
Who has helped you along the writing road? What keeps you motivated along the writing road?
My writing friends, both local and online, have been fantastic in providing critiques and encouragement, and by helping me spread the word about my books. My readers are especially encouraging—when a reader tells me how one of my books touched her personally, I feel as if I’ve been given a total energy boost! Very motivating.
What's next for you on the writing road?
I’ve just started writing the next book in The Beach House series, which we hope to release in June 2009. The tentative title is Sunset Beach. As with all of the books in the series, the setting will remain the same, but all of the characters and their stories will be new.
And I’m writing a monthly humor column, “Real Life is Stranger,” for the Christian Fiction Online Magazine (http://www.christianfictiononlinemagazine.com/berzerk_stranger.html). The column addresses true, outlandish events that we’d never get away with in our novels.
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**Take part in Trish's contest**
Participate in a special contest related to Beach Dreams (prize: a beach bag filled with a few goodies) by posting a response to the following prompt: How has God used a mistake you made - big or small - for his purposes? The example may be serious or funny, complex or simple, and you may or may not have realized he was even using it at the time it occurred. Tell your story, reference that you are participating in this tour, encourage your readers to play along, and link to Trish’s book on Amazon. We’ll have a Mr. Linky up on http://blogtourspot.com for you to add your post and read the other entries. All entries must be received by 5pm CST on August 22. Trish will judge the entries and declare her favorite.
I haven't posted my entry yet, but I've got several mistakes that I could choose from. What about you?