An Interview with Antonus Perry Author of Sinexia: The Mark of Perillius
Thank you to Mr. Perry for taking the time and effort to answer our questions.
1.) Why did you write this book?
What initiated this particular burst of creativity? 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.
2.) Does your story line develop organically or is it a gestalt before you begin?
A little of both. While certain elements are static, the uncertainty of the journey is very organic.
3.) How did you come up with the concept of SINEXIA?
Since childhood I have had stories in my head. All I really had to to draw on was my own imagination. However, my imagination was highly influenced by the many movies, books, and video games I subjected myself to. The biggest Influences were probably Marvel Comic's X-Men, Square Enix's Final Fantasy series, and anime feudal fairytale Inuyasha.
4.) Do you have a favorite character in the book and if so why?
They are all my favorite! Each one is a joy to write. Rashaad and Akeem were especially fun!
5.) What do you like the most about writing?
The control. In the pages of Sinexia I can level mountains with a whisper and walk on water. In real life, just driving on mountain roads frighten me!
6.)Where do your new story ideas come from?
Usually from my daydreams.
7.) What advice has helped the most in your writing?
The best advice has been to pay attention to the details.
8.) This seems to be your first book, do you have something new in the works?
The Mark of Perillius is the first book in the Sinexia Series. Originally I planned for thirteen books, but I decided that the last two were too similar, and I want each book to stand on its own. So I combined the outlines for the last two books into one. So, there will be twelve. The second book in the Sinexia series is halfway done. I am having fun writing it. It is titled Xen's Ascension.
9.) Who is your favorite author and why?
I cant pick just one! Chris Claremont and Madeline L'Engle. Claremont and his work on Uncanny X-Men impressed me when I was still a boy. The ramifications of his work can still be seen in the Marvel Universe today. L'Engle's novels are so good I've read most of them twice! What I like the most about her work is how jealous she makes me. I wish I had written what she has. She is awsome.
10.) What advice would you give for the want to be writer?
Never give up! That may sound corny but it is the best advice I can give anyone about anything!
Thank you Mr. Perry.