About the Author
T.K. Perry lives with her husband and daughter in a lovely Oregon forest filled with wildlife (there is probably a house, too, but that’s less picturesque). When she isn’t writing or watching said wildlife, she enjoys making jewelry, pretending to be a photographer, and trying to save the world (a frustrating task since she lacks both superpowers and a costume).
T.K. has a B.A. in International Relations from Brigham Young University, an M.A. in International Politics from the University of Denver Graduate School of International Studies, and a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law. Law is her profession, but writing is a favorite hobby. This is her first published book.
1. Whom or what inspired you to become an author? I wrote my first book in 3rd grade: The Nosy Kid. I meant to title it The Noisy Kid, but I couldn’t spell, and when my teacher, Mrs. Mensen, read it out loud to the class, I just went with it. My classmates laughed and my teacher was encouraging, so I just kept writing.
2. What does your writing process look like?
Once I get an idea, I just start writing chapter one, and research as I go. Most of my books only get a handful of chapters before I abandon them. Elissa Blue is one of only five books that I’ve finished.
3. What is your current WIP? What can you share with us about it?
I am in the editing stage with Lexi Monarch: Book Two of The Winged, and hope to publish it in December (but maybe January!). I am currently writing book three of The Winged series.
4. What did you want to be when you grew up? Did becoming an author ever cross your mind?
I actually wanted to be a fighter pilot. I did plan to publish a book at some point, but I never thought of it as a career, and I still don’t (just a fun hobby).
5. What inspired the idea for Elissa Blue?
I was reading Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart where she described some of the fairies as having butterfly wings and others dragonfly wings. I had just started studying entomology (as a hobby) and I thought how interesting it would be if fairies were subject to some of the oddities of bug biology like pupa states, pheromones, and short mating periods. I just couldn’t resist writing it.
6. What do you want readers to take away from reading Elissa Blue?
I’m hoping they’ll learn from my romantic mistakes. Dating is a minefield, and choosing a husband requires you to navigate it.
7. When you are not writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
I’m a nature nerd, so I’m always watching and photographing wildlife. I also enjoy making jewelry, reading (of course), and cooking.
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