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Interview: Atonus Perry, Author of Sinexia: The Mark of Perillius

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Atonus L. Perry has always had a fascination with the world of fantasy. His father was a librarian so he was able to delve into the world of books most of his free time. As much as he loved reading, creative writing was his true passion. As he got older, he took interest in Japanese animation, comic books, and role playing video games. He realized that the books he loved to read so much just didn’t have enough action for him. He decided to try his hand at creating the story he so wished to read, and Sinexia: the Mark of Perillius was born.

When did you first know you could be a writer?

When my father told me I can do anything I set my mind to. I believed him. Still do.

What inspires you to write and why?

I read very much, and when I read something really awesome, a wave of jealousy washes over me. There are many reasons why I write, but I suspect that it is my drive to make other writers jealous that compels me.

What genre are you most comfortable writing?

Sci-fi Fantasy.

What inspired you to write your first book?

It started as assignment in one of my college English classes. We were breaking down Plato’s The Allegory of the Cave, and from there we moved on into its influence on Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey. We then read Planet of the Apes and had to deconstruct it to see how it lined up with The Hero’s Journey. Finally we had to write an outline for our own epic adventure, as well as its prologue. That assignment became The Mark of Perillius.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began?

Marvel Comic’s X-Men, Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series, and anime feudal fairytale Inuyasha.

Who or what influenced your writing over the years?

Any and everything I read, watched, or listened to. I try to implement anything I think of as successful.

What made you want to be a writer?

I just wanted to do something I love. I love writing, acting, and film making.

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?

For me, it was knowing when to stop changing things. I spent five years editing The Mark of Perillius. Finally, I had to stop.

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?

Writing this book reminded me of the power that comes when one never gives up.

Do you intend to make writing a career?

Yes!

Have you developed a specific writing style?

I am actually developing my own style and a literary formula. I am not ready to share it with the public just yet, but it is my hope that it will be studied in classrooms one day.

What is your greatest strength as a writer?

My resolve. With the strength of my conviction, I know I can’t loose!

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

Yes, I took a nap, played video games, and made a sandwich. After that, it was gone.

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