Our planet is full of mysteries that can’t yet be explained either by science or nature. How did these things, these creatures get here? Who made them, or how did they evolve? Are we the only inhabited planet in the vast universe? What if the Creator I believe in cannot be explained, and can’t be put into a box of limited reason? What if he’s populated other worlds? What if our own world contains populations we don’t acknowledge and try to discredit with our modern blinders?
Questions like these have plagued me since childhood, and it’s only recently that I’ve felt the nod from our Creator to explore them in writing.
I grew up as a military Brat, mostly in Europe, with no television and a huge imagination. Books were my entertainment and augmented my very good education in German, Italian and American schools. Books were my lifeline, my ties to worlds I’d never see and to people and characters who enriched my life through their stories.
My first book, Reflections of a Misfit, is just that: snippets of my own life in light of some of the scriptures I read daily. Our family is a rich resource for entertainment and bits of wisdom. If you’re as much a misfit as I am, you might enjoy it and possibly see a little of yourself there.
I wrote the TetraSphere series as pure entertainment, and as a way to answer some of the unanswerable questions about our amazing universe. What if there are inhabited planets interacting with Earth? What happened to Atlantis? What do the giant etchings of Nazca mean, and why can they only be seen from the sky? Do dragons exist? What if the fate of our planet were in the hands of four young people, each with special abilities, and each with his or her own struggles?
I’m Patty Perrin, writing as P.T.L. Perrin, and I’m writing books that I would have loved reading back when we didn’t have television. Pick up Terra’s Call and let me know if you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
21 Things You Should Know About This Author
What book have you gifted the most? Why?
I’ve gifted many copies of REFLECTIONS OF A MISFIT because we’re all misfits at some level, and I felt it might be helpful. Some people have told me they use it as a devotional. Others read it in one sitting. People are relating to it on a personal level.
What is the one productivity tool you use every day? Why?
I read Scriptures and portions of devotionals every day. It seems when I do that, I get a lot more done during the day than those times I skip.
What word do you misspell most often?
Foreword. I misspelled it twice in my first book and published it that way.
What three things do you do to be a successful writer?
I read a lot. I’m open to instruction, especially when it comes to marketing. I won’t publish until after my Beta readers and editors have gone through the books.
What are the titles of the last two books you have read?
Royalty by Laura Ranger and The Battle Is O’er: The Blue Bells Chronicles by Laura Vosika.
What is your favorite word?
What do you use more often – a dictionary or a thesaurus?
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
A Misfit’s Tale
What is your ‘go to’ munchie or drink while writing?
Anything salty and water.
Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.
When I speak about my books, I tend to show pictures of some of the strangest places on Earth. They are real, and my characters visit them. Many of the listeners mention that the photos grabbed their attention as they’re purchasing my books.
What animal are you most similar to and why?
An eagle. I love to fly and my thoughts take me to heights and open vistas that may be difficult to reach. I look for the thermals and soar.
How would your best friend describe you?
Faithful, loving, and full of surprises.
What keeps you up at night? (and don’t say howling dogs)
Visions, many of which become scenes in my books.
What is one thing you will never do again?
Ride in a centrifuge.
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare?
Pot roast with veggies, noodles, gravy and crescent rolls.
What is the best compliment you have received – or would like to receive?
From a ten-year old avid reader: “You’re my favorite author!” From several readers: “Your books should be movies!”
What question do you hate to answer?
Where are you from? I’ve lived in a lot of places.
Crowds, small groups or ‘go away’?
Small groups of friends who will talk about anything and everything.
What would you sing at Karaoke night?
I’d clear the room if I sang anything.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Not afraid to say anything. Highly opinionated.
What is the one question you wished I would have asked you? Why?
What’s so important about reading and learning to write?
Kids are more into gaming than reading these days. I would point out that the creators of those games wrote the scenarios, with plot twists that depend on interaction with the players. The player gets to live in a fantasy world because someone WROTE it; and the best way to learn to write fantasy games, is to read. A lot.