Perry Covington is a dear friend, a fellow Think King and creative nerd. He is a talented writer who is bursting at the seams with ideas. He recently launched the third novel in his Child of Atlantis series called Catalyst. So in light of that momentous achievement, without further gilding the lily and with no more ado, I give you Perry Covington: author, creative, blogger, ninja, fellow badass…
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Perry Covington, I am a journalist and also a novelist. I live in California with my wife, two daughters, a crazy dog named Ninja, and four fish named Leonardo, Donatello, Rafael and Michelangelo. Our family really likes ninjas.
What is your current project?
Right now I have several novels in the works. The main project is called Child of Atlantis. I just released the third book for that series called Catalyst. I even have a children’s book I would like to do. I’ve written it out already but I just need an illustrator. I am constantly writing down story ideas or working on writing projects for the news. My latest one though is my novel called the Hunter. It’s an entry I am going to put forth to national novel writing month. It’s about two sisters who are separated at childhood. One is raised as a hunter that kills witches and the younger sister is raised as a witch. Later in their lives fate brings them back together, from there the adventure begins.
What keeps you motivated to create? What inspires you?
Several things inspire me and keep me motivated, but it comes in spurts. Many times I will turn to particular movies, books, or comics for inspiration. Sometimes I will listen to soundtracks for movies to get me in a particular mood, depending on the scene I’m writing. The true test of a writer is to be able to power through the times where you were not particularly motivated or inspired. If you can get through the lolls then you will find that you are more likely to be productive
How do you organize your creativity to keep you on task?
For most who know me, I am not a very organized person. When I am outlining my books I find that it’s easier for me to work on a large whiteboard. I really can’t explain why. Working on the whiteboard helps me to see the big picture, and I can map out an entire storyline that way. Then I take a picture of the whiteboard so I can move on to the next plotline. I’ve tried using a computer to outline but the ideas just don’t flow for some reason. When I am on the go I carry around a moleskin notebook to jot down ideas and notes whenever the mood strikes.
Can you provide some advice for aspiring artists, a favorite quote, or perhaps some resources to help them along the way?
The quote that I always turn to comes from Benjamin Franklin. He said ‘energy and persistence alter all things’. That has always been my mantra. Many times writers will get critical feedback that can be a little disheartening. The trick is to keep on moving forward. Put forth the energy, persist through all obstacles, and you will be successful.
For more information about Perry and to follow him on his creative journey please visit his social media sites and Amazon to purchase his books:
Thanks for reading. Cheers.