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Today I’m not on a blogtour, but doing my own interview with Indy Perro, author of ‘Central City’, to promote his book.
Before I let you read my Q&As, I’ll first post some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Indy Perro is a novelist, an independent thinker, and a recovering academic. Indy has a degree in history, graduate degrees in religious studies, comparative literature, and education, and has spent more than a decade teaching philosophy, religious studies, writing, and literature. You can usually find him on Twitter and Facebook or at https://indyperro.com. Visit Central City, the setting for his novels, at https://centralcitybooks.com.
Kane Kulpa learned which laws could be bent and which broken after a short stint in prison courtesy of Detective Vincent Bayonne. Bound by time, integrity, and the reality of life in Central City, Bayonne and Kane made peace with the past. Now, gang tension spirals from corrupt to deadly, and a series of murders stresses Kane and Bayonne’s uneasy alliance. Kane balances on a razor’s edge to protect his bar, power, life, and family, and Bayonne hustles to keep another lonely man from being strangled.
Central City is a city struggling for identity. The cops protect the rackets, and the criminals shelter the injured. Innocence is only an appearance, and rage finds a voice.
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I’m a novelist, an independent thinker, and a recovering academic. I spent more than a decade teaching philosophy, religious studies, writing, and literature, and I turned to writing as a way to better develop and share the ideas that mattered most to me. When I’m not at my desk, I’m hiking, running, reading, or studying languages.
I have two websites where readers can engage my work. At https://centralcitybooks.com readers can explore the characters and setting of Central City and find short stories that expand the histories and exploits of Detective Vincent Bayonne, Kane Kulpa, and the rest of the antiheroes and villains of Central City.
Https://indyperro.com is for those interested in what I’m doing beyond Central City. Readers can learn more about me, my ideas, the novels that have influenced my work, other artists who are doing interesting things, and events where I’ll be participating. Everyone is welcome to visit these sites, join my newsletter, and follow me on Twitter and Facebook.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
As a teenager, I loved Edgar Allen Poe, Franz Kafka, William Faulkner, and George Orwell. As an adult, I read a lot of contemporary fiction and substantially more pulp: Cormac McCarthy, James Sallis, Lawrence Block, Bernard Cornwell, Collin Cotteril, Elmore Leonard, and Ed McBain.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
No, I’d rather go my own way. In my experience, people who give advice tell you what they would do in your situation, but they’re not in my situation and they’re not me. I’m always interested in another’s perspective, but I’m not interested in advice. Also, the more I write, the less I want to talk about writing. Even as recently as a year ago, writing captivated my thoughts. Now it’s something I do, and I think about the content of my writing more than the activities of writing and publishing.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Iago seems like an obvious choice.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
No internet before 4PM. I should tattoo that on my forehead.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
People in my life don’t need to be worried…about my writing.
I derive the ideas for my stories from philosophical concepts. Every story has an overarching question, and each scene responds to the question with its controlling idea made manifest by the situation to which the characters respond. The characters, then, explore ways of responding to the issue at hand, an exploration of how ideas shape or function within life.
Philosophical concepts, to my way of thinking, derive from experience. They don’t dictate an interpretation to experience. In other words, fiction seems to be the last best place to develop philosophy, especially considering we live in a world where a scientistic/diagnostic perspective dominates the humanities and the media. We claim/believe in a way to get living right as all about us the world descends into a chaos over which we have little or no influence. Fiction, it seems to me, provides an alternative, a place to explore without the need to explain, validate, or rationalize.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m a plotter, in life as well as writing.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
No. I try to understand what I’m doing, but I don’t pretend to know what’s going on.
What are your future plans as an author?
I plan to write as much as I can as well as I can in such a way that I can do so again tomorrow.
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
A Case of the Jitters
8:12AM Tuesday, September 1, 1992
Nothing Detective Bayonne had seen during his twenty-three years on the force prepared him for this homicide.
A lot of things can throw a detective. A guy walks into a crime scene unprepared for the brutality pounded into the corpse, the fear spread across the floor, the hatred sprayed across a mirror, or the passion sliced off and tossed in the corner. After a while, though, a detective gets used to it. He learns to turn the volume down on his emotions and listen, hear what he needs to hear. Bayonne had taken this to the extreme. In his mind, most cases busted at the seams with something to say. They wanted to talk. A good detective, and Bayonne considered himself one, knew, within five minutes, why a murder was committed.
That doesn’t get the job done.
That only gets it started.
It might’ve been the butler or Miss Scarlet in the library with the candlestick, but a good detective stands in the library, examines the blood on the paperbacks, and knows from experience what it looks like and what it means when somebody uses a candlestick to collapse a cranium. Bayonne’s job, as he understood it, was to find out where the butler was and what Miss Scarlet thought of the victim.
Murder leaps on a soap box and preaches desire, anger, perversion, or any combination of the three. Even professional jobs look like they were done by dispassionate professionals. On occasion, and this is rare, some mastermind who thinks he knows how clever he is tries to disguise what he did. These rocket surgeons watch television like everybody else, so they know their business. Well, Dr. Moriarty must’ve gotten his degree out of a Cracker Jack box, because the physical evidence never lies. The cuts don’t fall at the right angle. The blow occurred after death. The blood splatter tells a different story, a story of a heart past pumping. The television gets it all wrong. Supermodels doing DNA tests rarely solve crimes. Cases close because experienced detectives read a scene, read the evidence, and understand forensics.
What threw Bayonne in this case, what kept this one just out of reach, was that it didn’t preach. It didn’t explain anything at all. He stood over the body and felt alone. Silence. He felt no murderer at all.
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Indy Perro.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
P.S. Are you an author (or publisher) who also wants a FREE interview like this? You can always contact me via e-mail!