Twin Powers is a thriller published by Second Wind Publishing. Twin Powers is a deviation from my earlier books in that two of the main characters are 10-year old twin girls, one of which gets kidnapped by members of a child sex ring intent on selling her into forced prostitution. When the Arab human traffickers avoid capture, the father of the girl, Dr. Raymond Peters, and a lethal professional assassin named Marcela team up to investigate. The search for the girl takes the unlikely pair – a man who has sworn to save lives and a woman who kills for a living – to the Middle East in the hunt for the mysterious mastermind, Mohamed. Working against the clock, Raymond and Marcela must pull out all stops to save the girl and flee Dubai before Mohamed and his band of thugs kill them.
What authors have influenced your writing style?
So many authors have influenced my style that I don’t know where to begin. Hemingway, Conrad, Shakespeare, all the Russian writers, especially Dostoyevsky and Chekov, were great influences in my life. When I was a kid I read everything written by Max Brand and Zane Grey. During recent years, the greatest influence on my writing has probably been Harlan Coben. Someone once wrote a review of one of my books and called me the Latino Harlan Coben. I was very proud of the comparison since I consider Harlan Coben the best thriller writer today, but the Latino reference left me a little cold. I don’t want to be the Latino anything. I want my writing to be recognized as that of David Pereda, without a qualifying adjective in front of my name.
How long have you been writing with the hopes of publication?
I’ve been writing FOR publication since I was in college. I published my first short story in the USF literary magazine when I was a sophomore; my English teacher submitted it for me. The following year I submitted to the magazine myself, and I had my second published short story. Since then I have published dozens of articles, several poems and eight novels (one under a pen name), but I have never published another short story.
How did you get started?
I guess I always wanted to be a writer. I wrote my first novel, a western, when I was ten years old. My proud uncle Antonio typed it for me. I titled it bombastically, Dave Patterson, The Temerarious. After that, I wrote a few short stories that I never published, or even tried to, until I got to college.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m definitely a plotter, although I turn into a pantser from time to time. I plot my books in detail and then change a big portion of them as I write them. It’s called poetic license, I believe. Often it’s not even me who changes things; it’s my characters who get together and decide to change the book. Sometimes I disagree and put my foot down and say no; but most of the time, they convince me to make the changes.
What genres do you enjoy reading? Writing?
I enjoy reading and writing thrillers, romantic suspense, and mainstream novels.
Who is your favorite character from your book?
My favorite character is definitely Marcela, a beautiful, but lethal, lesbian assassin who won’t take any crap from anyone. She has amber eyes and looks like Halle Berry on steroids. In Twin Powers, Marcela, for the first time in her life, falls in love with a man, Raymond Peters.
Describe your writing environment and your process. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I’m an early bird. I’m usually up by 5:30 in the morning to exercise. Because I need to take my daughter Sophia to school by 8:00 and I teach at A-B Tech afterwards, I’m unable to write in the morning, except on weekends. Usually, I write in between noon and 3 pm when I go pick up Sophia from school, and at night.
I have an office at home. I write on a laptop surrounded by hundreds of books, family photos, paintings and some of the writing, running, and horse show-jumping awards I have won. My daily process is similar to the one Hemingway used. I sit down, review the last thing I wrote, revise it and write some more.
Of course, before I get down to the daily routine, I outline my novel in detail, develop character sheets, determine how many words I’m going to write, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera….
I know you are a college instructor, so which is more fun, writing or teaching others how to write?
Writing is my passion, so it is – or should be – more fun. I say should be because often it is a painful process for me, getting that right word, that right sentence, that right paragraph, that right chapter, that right novel. The reward in writing comes at the end, when the book is finished and you know is good.
On a daily basis, teaching is more rewarding. I love to see my students triumph. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and makes me feel proud that I could help them take one step closer toward achieving their goals in life.
Who’s your muse? Is she a constant companion, or do you need to lure her into your writing?
Thank God I don’t have problems writing. I don’t have a muse per say, either. If I do, it’s a silent and invisible muse. I can confide to you, however, that my beautiful girlfriend is a great distraction — but I enjoy being distracted by her. She makes me happy, and unlike all those artists who claim to create better when they suffer, I write better when I’m happy. Who wants to suffer, anyway?
Where can we find out more about your book?
From Second Wind Publishing http://www.secondwindpublishing.com/#!product/prd15/3646416451/twin-powers and Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Twin-Powers-David-Pereda/dp/1630661112/
And you can read excerpt here: http://wp.me/pkaaX-ys