Read our exclusive David P Perlmutter interview in his own words. I left school so long ago, aged 16 that I can’t remember any of my exams results. But I know there weren’t that many. My first job was making fur coats, what trouble I would get into now, if I was still doing that, but 35 years ago was so different of course.
I am a sort of full time writer, well I try to be, I have about 4 or 5 books in the pipeline this year, so very busy on the writing front, but I also promote and market authors around the world, so its a very busy schedule on a daily basis. There are just not enough hours in the day, hence sometimes waking up at 4 or 5 in the morning and either writing or promoting.
What inspired you to start writing?
I started to write a blog about the events that happened to me in Spain and after two chapters, my friend and then editor Elaine Denning, said, “Dave, you must carry on with this, but as a book.” So that was the beginning of this great adventure! But she did warn me that due to the nature of the book, I would receive some negative reviews, which I have, but the 290/5* one’s that I have currently received, far out weigh the 1* reviews. Anyway, receiving negative reviews keeps it real.
What did you like to read when you were a boy?
I really didn’t read that much to be honest, mainly football magazines and comics, like Roy of the Rovers and Billy Boots! But I have made up for that in my older years.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
For me its not being lazy and of course when I can’t think of any thing to write. Some days I can’t motivate myself, but saying that, I have many books of the MY WAY brand in my head, that I am writing daily now, which I have too as I have a number of books to be self-published this year.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
The books I am writing are about how I market my books, so I have the research first hand. The books in the series of MY WAY are now taking a different angle from number four onwards, as I will be featuring authors of all different genres, so much more research has gone into them, and I must say I am very exciting about them.
What motivated you to write the book “Wrong Place Wrong Time”?
I really just wanted to get what happen out of my system and into words, sort of therapy really and the response I have had has been overwhelming. The reviews like I have mentioned have been a huge and a lovely surprise and the knock on effect has gained me blog, podcasts, blog radio and website interviews. My social media platforms has achieved a mass following I am pleased to say, and now have around 28,500 followers on twitter and increasing daily. The books, MY WAY, MY WAY TOO and MY WAY FREE are all about book marketing for indie authors and have again been so surprised at the large number of 4 and 5* reviews from authors on Amazon about my marketing tips.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “Wrong Place Wrong Time”?
This was my first book and its about my trip to Marbella, Spain, where are saving two people from a hotel fire and seeing dead bodies, which I still have nightmares about, I was wrongly arrested for arson and manslaughter. I spent some time in jail and I had to make a decision after I got bail. I will leave it at that. You must read the book! Pleased to say that this book was a #1 best-seller in true crime in America and Australia, #1 in Biography in the UK and Spain.
How did you come up with the idea of writing anthology non fiction genre book?
As I have said that as the events actually happen to me, it was pretty straight forward, even though it truly bought back some horrific nightmares. I have also published another true story that happen to me on a trip to America called FIVE WEEKS, which has received great reviews, I’m pleased to say. This one was a working adventure where I had to deal with my boss, who turned out to be a wife beater and cocaine addict. To say I was nearly left for dead in a Pennsylvania woods still brings back harsh memories.
Who are your favourite authors?
I do like thriller books, so I would say of course Stephen King, James Patterson, David Baldacci, John Grisham then to David Nichols, Nick Hornby, Gillian Flynn, Kate Atkinson and many indie authors whom I have met on social media. Too many to mention really.
How much time do you dedicate to writing on a daily basis?
I’d say I spend about 2 to 3 hours a on writing, I would love it to be more, but marketing does take a lot of my time as I have 5 books out on Amazon and more to follow this year, and I also promote other indie authors.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?Let your fingers flow, don’t edit as you go along. Take a day or two breaks out of writing if you do have the dreaded writers block, always keep a notepad with you as ideas will just appear in your mind. I always keep one next to the bed as I know I will think of something during the night and forget it by the morning.
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