Welcome to my tour stop for A Storm of Secrets by Shona Perrett! This is a new adult psychological thriller. The tour runs December 1-11 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
Special Agent Rios wakes up in an abandoned aeroplane. He finds himself on an unfamiliar island in the Bermuda Triangle, suffering from what appears to be amnesia. He must search for clues about his identity, as well as decipher the secrets of the island itself.
But will the truth be too terrifying to live with? Strangers hell-bent on murder, stranded young pilots, and signs of organized weapons trade. These things only touch the surface. What lurks in the skies above is far more sinister.There is a strange energy high above the clouds, stewing deep within the Bermuda waters. And it grows restless. A storm is coming. A storm like no other, seeking to invade their minds. With the help of his newly acquainted team of special ops pilots, Rios must find a way to stop the storm before it destroys them…from the inside out.
Shona Perrett is a first time author, blogger and closet poet. Her novel A Storm of Secrets is due to release November 2015. Shona studied applied writing in her home town of Whangarei, and is now looking to branch out into creative business enterprising. Passionate about finding beauty in the dirt, she aims to write stories of redemption. Shona believes that narratives exist to teach us how to love one another. That every day, we all communicate through the medium of story, seeking out ways to connect with the world around us. She believes they are one of the most ancient forms of creative expression and vulnerability, and are therefore a fundamental part of what it means to be human. You can visit her at www.shonaperrett.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/shona.perrett
What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
An unbearable mixture of pain and hope that couldn’t come out of me any other way. I write to make sense of the world, and myself. I’m fascinated by perceptions. I wanted to mould a world where I could explore the human psyche in a creative way. I’m of the opinion that most, if not all of the issues in this world are because of wrong beliefs about ourselves and others. An old African proverb inspired much of the creative process, which goes – “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” I tried to put that across in the undertones of the story.
Who is your favorite character in the book?
Oh gosh, can I say all of them? Probably Aiden, because of his humour. He brings a sense of adventure and hope to an otherwise terrible situation.
Which came first, the title or the novel?
What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
The chapter towards the end where Tia is fighting off the storm. The details of her struggle differ somewhat, but the general feeling is very much a reflection of how I felt at the time of writing it. I was at breaking point in my own personal life, and felt like giving up on the story along with many other things. But I pushed through, and got it done. The chapter is precious to me because of that.
Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
To keep going. Writer’s block can be overcome. When I wasn’t in the mood, I would force myself to write about not being in the mood. I discovered that I always have words, but sometimes I’m not being honest with them. I’m not always letting myself, or the character, be truely heard on the paper. That’s when blocks occur.
What do you like most about the cover of the book?
The sleek design. The colour scheme reflects the atmosphere of the storm that I envisioned. It was designed by a friend, so that made the process easier.
What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2016?
Gosh, no idea at the moment.
What was your favourite book in 2015?
Concrete Jungle by JG Ballard.
What’s up next for you?
Great question! I like to tell myself that I know what’s next, but really, I’m still in-transit. Maybe back to uni to study psychology or social work.
Is there anything that you would like to add?
Your dreams are worth pursuing. Do not bow to now. Keep moving towards what you want out of life.
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Ends December 16th
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