Interview with Atonus Perry, Author of “Sinexia: The Mark of Perillius”

About Atonus Perry

Atonus L. Perry has always been fascinated with tales of fantasy and wonder. Being the son of a librarian, he spent many of his weekends and summers reading books. The only thing he loved more than reading was indulging in creative writing. As he matured he began to take an interest in Japanese animation, comic books, and role playing video games. After immersing himself in the media storylines he loved so much, he discovered that there was not enough action in most of the stories he loved. So, he vowed to one day write a story that was not lacking in action. One day, after an assignment in one of his college English classes called for an outline of an epic adventure, he made good on that vow and began writing stories that deliver page turning action. He writes for the people who feel dissatisfied with the stories they love so much.

Atonus L. Perry lives in Shreveport, Louisiana with his son, Isaiah Alexander Perry.
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About Sinexia: The Mark of Perillius

Born of war and anointed with savagery, its lands were conquered by magicians, monsters, and creatures that some would revere as gods or demons. Just as Earth holds Sinexia’s Origin, Sinexia holds the fate of the Earth. The Sinexia series chronicles the events that bind Earth and Sinexia. Read them and become engrossed in the tales of honor, love, despair, and action that cycle in a ring of creation and cataclysm.

The Mark of Perillius follows the adventures of a young orphan who inherits the powers and abilities of his fabled ancestor. He is taken from the only normalcy he has ever known and tossed into a world of mystery and magic. Once there, he must learn to master his newfound abilities while encountering a host of rich characters, places of wonder, and dire situations.
The orphan’s name is Emberillius. He begins his journey as a sixteen year old young boy. He must spend nine long years in Sinexia if he is to have any chance at all of saving the Earth from an impending catastrophe. It is during this time that he learns about love, war, hate, responsibility, life, death, good, evil, and sacrifice as he matures into a man. Through the trails of life an orphan is forged into a hero.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Well, I was always a reader, but I think my first creative writing assignment came in second grade. I don’t recall what I wrote about, only that I loved it! I was hooked at 7!
When and why did you begin writing? I started getting things published in Junior High. One of my teachers thought I had potential and really encouraged me. It also helped that my mother was (is) a librarian so I had lots of material to study.
How long have you been writing? 21 years.
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?
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 cant 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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