Morbid Thoughts and The Domino Effect received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.
Following find an interview with author Perry Muse.
What is the name of the book and when was it published?
What’s the book’s first line?
Four months ago, the “C” bomb dropped on Nila and me.
What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.
In 2017, Perry Muse was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer. It was just the latest adversity in a life filled with death defying accidents and surgeries , including a near-death motorcycle accident—one of many injuries for the self-described “thrill-seeker”—and homelessness. MORBID THOUGHTS AND THE DOMINO EFFECT chronicles the day-to-day experiences of a cancer patient, interspersed with colorful tales of the life experiences that shaped his character and outlook. It is a roller coaster ride of emotions and filled with educational and inspiring events.
What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?
Once diagnosed with cancer, I felt I could help other cancer patients, their family and friends. Once I started the process, I realized how the many events and influences in my life played a role in the battle.
What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?
This is not a book of doom & gloom, but rather an inspirational story, interspersed with amazing, true stories of a life journey. It is funny, emotional, educational, inspiring and all amazingly true.
When did you first decide to become an author?
I have always been drawn to writing. I have unpublished children’s books, short stories, etc. But the cancer diagnosis made me realize that I should use my passion to help educate and inspire others.
Is this the first book you’ve written?
Yes, it is the first I have written and published.
What do you do for work when you’re not writing?
I am a VP and GM for a corporation that has facilities in 2 states. I also own a dog grooming salon.
How much time do you generally spend on your writing?
Some amount of time daily. Most of the writing is done in the early hours on weekends and holidays.
What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?
Learning how to market and get the book out in front of readers. It is a daunting task and one can spend a lot of money without the results.
What’s a great piece of advice that you can share with fellow indie authors?
There are a lot of seminars and support available to help spend your marketing $ wisely. Also, I would suggest getting professional reviews and entering in as many competitions as possible.
Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling? If so, why?
I would, but only because of the credibility that comes with it and the added exposure.
Is there something in particular that motivates you (fame? fortune?)
Everyone has trials in their life. Mine has been far more eventful than most. My motivation comes in my desire to help others. Whether it be navigating the medical arena, inspiring spiritually or emotionally, or just providing motivation to never give up.
Which writer, living or dead, do you most admire?
Which book do you wish you could have written?
The Lord of the Rings.