Interview: Ute Perkins, Author of Timeless Conflicts Book 1 & 2

1VTAuthor Profile:

I grew up in a small southern Nevada town on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Just after graduation from high school I served in the U.S. Army for 5 years during which I participated in Operation Desert Storm. Upon completion of my military obligation, I earned my bachelors degree from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tn. Later, after a move to south central Pennsylvania, I completed my MBA from Eastern University in Harrisburg, Pa. I have traveled a great deal for my job and enjoy traveling and spending time with my wife and family.

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Timeless Conflicts, Book One: When the remains of a missing student are found near the small college town of Missoula Montana FBI agents, Marcus Reading and Travis Russell, are called in to investigate. Although local newspapers are reporting this and other attacks as animal related, the two agents believe there is something more. As the investigation continues their only suspect, a local college student, holds the key that not even she realizes will eventually unlock a 5,000 year old secret. As events quickly unfold, one agent is violently and unexpectedly thrust into the unravelingmystery as an unintended attraction threatens the lives of everyone involved

Book Two-Timeless Conflicts “The Amons”: Abandoning the life he so desperately wanted Warren roams the sea ports of the Atlantic, searching for a way to replace the emptiness in his chest, by filling the pit in his Anubian stomach. Bitter and angry with the Masons about his current state, he feeds his vindictive appetite on unsuspecting humans as he struggles reluctantly to dismiss his past. While the Masons expand the depths of their immortal ranks and continue to defend threats against their secret society, Warren accidentally happens upon another immortal race . . . The Amons. Being one of the last remaining ancient tribes that holds the power to assist him they are not pleased that he has found them. In a furious pursuit to urge the Amons to help, Warren finds himself forced to choose preserving his own life, or a tempting alternative that will lead to a horrific addiction. When his hunt for the Amons eventually collides with a past that has been desperately trying to catch him, the events of their meeting result in a catastrophic reunion that threatens the lives of everyone involved.

Author Interview

What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?

Paranormal-suspense-thriller with some romance… at least that is the genre of my first three books. I enjoy making up a story and letting my imagination take me on a ride. With the first story, I just sat down, no outline, no direction, just an idea. Three months later I had a book.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

About ten years ago. I am an engineer by trade but found a love for reading when I was stuck in the Houston airport for six hours. Since then I read a lot. When I sat down to write my first novel, it just poured out. It is so much fun creating a story and finding people who enjoy it. Much fun.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I watch a lot of movies. Have, ever since I was young. I watch cartoons, Adventure Time and Regular Show are a couple of my favs right now. I also watch a lot of sports, hockey, football, lacrosse and baseball.

Where do you hang out online? Website URL, author groups, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc?

Facebook mostly. I have a twitter account but I think I have been on it only five times.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

You can find Ludlum, King, Koontz or Vince Flynn.

Do you remember the first novel you read?

Yup, it was the eighties and post nuclear war was big. The book was Doomsday Warrior. It was a long series and I read the first three before I graduated and left for US Army boot camp.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

The ones I mentioned above are the guys I go back to. There are other good authors out there but I repeatedly buy books by these guys.

Where are you from originally?  Family?

I grew up in a small town outside of Las Vegas, Nv. I spent five years (except for Desert Storm) stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. I met my wife there while attending church. We married and now have four children. We now live in York, Pa and love it.

Your Writing Process

Why do you write?

Because it is so much fun. I get to create a whole new world based on my imagination. It’s awesome.

What excites you about writing?

Some folks don’t like fiction or make believe or fantasy. I love it. Life can be tough sometimes. With a good book, you can get away with just a few dollars. Sure I would like to vacation in New Zealand, but until I can afford it, I will write AND read.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

It’s tough. Since I am on my own with this I have to go to work each day. Like I mentioned, I am an engineer. With four children that I don’t think I could love any more I want to spend time with them. From sports they are participating in and such my evenings are usually taken up. I also find a couple hours to work out and after that, I write. I have to work out because I get a lot of ideas when I lift weights or go running. When I do finally sit down to write, it is usually about 10pm and I can go till pretty late. There have been times when I have gone to three or four in the morning… get up at 6:30, grab a low carb monster and plow through my day.

What would you consider is your favorite part of a book to write? The beginning, the middle or the ending?

That’s tough but I would probably have to say the ending because it’s if it has been good, like a rollercoaster, you’re like… “man, that was great… let’s do it again!”

Is there any other genre you have considered writing in?

I would like to write is a fairy tale for my six year old daughter. I just have to find the time. I really like the Princess Bride and would love to create something that would be that much fun to read.

Do you listen to music or have another form of inspiration when you are writing?

Certainly. Music fuels the emotions and I can really get into a scene if I play something dark and menacing… it really helps to set the mood.

How long does it take you to finish a book from start to submission?

Since I am on my own, it can take anywhere from eight to fifteen months depending on how much life gets in the way.

Do you have a system for writing? 

Not really. Only that if I am not in the mood to write, it is hard to get cranking. However, when those times happen, I take a break, read a book and usually the juices start flowing.

Have you ever had one of those profound “AH-HA!” moments while you were writing?  Would you be willing to share it?

Yeah, a couple. Not really, only that I was like “ah-ha” that would be really cool right here.

What was the most uplifting moment you’ve experienced during your writing career?

When someone tells me they enjoyed my story and felt their money was well spent.

Your Books

Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?

Scarcited (scared and excited obviously)

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

Three. The third is just going into the review phase but it has been my favorite. It the last in the Timeless Conflict trilogy and the ride has been a lot of fun. Lots of action in this one…

When a new book comes out, are you nervous about how readers will react to it?

Sure. When my first book came out I had sold a lot of copies to friends and family… that was on a Friday. By Sunday night I couldn’t sleep worried they would hate it. They didn’t  and I was very relieved.

What can we look forward to in the upcoming months?

Book three of Timeless Conflict.

What story haven’t you written yet but would like to?  Is there anything holding you back from writing it?

I have a couple I would really like to put together but I just don’t have the time.

What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

To an extent. I love to learn but when I am in the zone, I don’t like to stop and research.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I just start writing. I tried and outline, but that really didn’t work. I ended up blowing past it in another direction.

What was your first published work and when was it published?

Timeless Conflict. Jan. 11, 2011.

Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released?

Sleep.

 

Your Characters

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

I have an idea what they look like, but that is all. I like to create the rest.

Is it hard coming up with names for your characters?

Yes. Not sure why, but it is.

Have any of your characters ever haunted your dreams or woken you up during the night demanding attention?

Not so much wake me up, but kept me up demanding I paid attention to them.

Which of your stories would make a great movie? 

I am told my first book would make an awesome movie. I have had several book reviews stating that they would love to see it put to film. As great as that would be, I know it is a long shot.

Do you make a conscious decision to write a certain type of character with a certain occupation, or do the characters decide for themselves what they want to be? I decide.

Is there a character from one of your books that resonates deeply with you?

There is a piece of me in just about all the characters in my story. The one I can relate to most though is Aaron.

Random Questions

Where do you get your daily dose of news?

Radio and my wife. I try not to watch the news as it is depressing. I would much rather watch something that will make me smile or spark my imagination.

 

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