Book Giveaway & Interview: Author David M. Perkins

Welcome to Author David M. Perkins.

David M. Perkins has spent the past thirty years as a telecine colorist in the motion picture and television industry in Los Angeles. He is a writer, and became a member of the Writers Guild of America, west in 1988. But mostly, he’s a father and a husband.
He currently lives, with his wife and son, in Southern California and devotes much of his time to building and maintaining internet websites. You will find more of his writing on his website at


If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
An iPad loaded with books and music, a pint of Haagen Dazs, and a Beck’s light. And a spoon, I guess. Can I have four things?

What is one book everyone should read?
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

What is the last book you read?
The Lion by Nelson DeMille

What is the last movie you saw?
Fair Game. Excellent film.

When you were 12 years old what did you want to be when you grew up?
Elvis Presley. But, sadly, the position was already taken.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Peanut Butter

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
My favorite music genre is Jazz. A favorite artist is a little harder to pin down, but I’d say it’s a tossup between Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown. Of artists who are currently recording, I really like Diana Krall.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
Mostly, I just need to stop finding other things to do that will allow me to put off writing.

Night owl, or early bird?
Night owl. Even as a kid.

One food you would never eat?

Pet Peeves?
Morons. There are a lot of them.

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms of course. You know, it’s been scientifically proven that Earth is the only planet with chocolate. We need to save it for that, if for no other reason.

Favortie Cartoon?
All old Warner Brothers cartoons.

If you could go back in time and meet one author, who would it be and why?
Probably Mark Twain, because I’m afraid that I share his cynicism and sarcasm but, alas, not his insight and keen wit.

What was the first book you read?
I’m not sure, but I was a big Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew fan when I was young.

Who is your favorite author?
In fiction, I love Nelson DeMille

Do you prefer to write on the computer or with paper?
I use a computer. I’d really be a mess if I tried to organize paper.

What kind of book do you read when you get sick?
Mystery thrillers

What are your favorite comfort foods?
Ice cream, but I try not to “comfort” myself too often.

What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
NFL football

If not a writer, you would have been?
A musician, provided I could arrange a visit from the talent fairy.

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
Besides To Kill A Mockingbird, I loved Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie

What is your least favorite movie that came from a book?
For Those I Loved – a disappointing translation of an outstanding book by Martin Gray.

What is your favorite quote?
“Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”
Mark Twain

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee because she created, in Atticus Finch, a character who is the model of morality and integrity that every father wishes he could be for his children.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
A wheel of Jarlsberg and a pair of socks.

What do you do in your free time?
Criticize myself for wasting time.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Really? This Is What You’ve Done With Your Life?

To learn more about David please visit his website:

Dear Austin: A Letter to My Son by David M. Perkins:
Leaving home; for college, for military service, or for a job. It’s a milestone in the life of almost every child – and a bittersweet crossroads for almost every parent. What you say to your child at this critical moment, and how you say it, can be a welcome catharsis for you, as a parent, and a lifelong gift to your child. The letter in this book is how David Perkins chose to say goodbye to his son as he left for college. He does not hold it up as a template, or even as an example, for others. He only wants you to know that it made this important rite of passage easier for him to navigate. How his son feels about it may not be known for some time.

Giveaway Details:
David has generously offered 10 copies of his book for giveaway to followers of this blog.
5 Paperback copies to those with a US or Canadian mailing address.
5 pdf Ebook copies open Internationally.
Giveaway ends December 20th.

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