iUniverse introduces author Perry D. DeFiore, who talks about The Paraponera, his new sci-fi thriller!
Dr. Richard Denton, a brilliant entomologist, is shy, introverted, and protective of the secret projects he hides in the basement of the country home he rents. He knows his creation is a major scientific breakthrough but fears the consequences of his discovery all the same.
When one of Richard’s few friends convinces him to take a weekend off, he does so—and returns to find that some of his hybrid ants have escaped into the world. Worried, he waits to hear and in the meantime finds an unexpected romance. Sightings of the ants become major international news, and as Richard watches, he knows it is just the beginning. A university associate helps develop a poison to combat the ferocious carnivorous insects, whose colonies soon reach into the millions. As the death toll climbs, Richard works to help defeat the demon he has created while attempting to keep his own responsibility for the ants a secret. But all bets are off when he learns that the ants are attacking the woman he loves.
In this novel, a scientist’s carnivorous hybrid ants break loose and overrun the United States, and only time will tell if he can contain the menace he has unleashed.
Do you have any particular literary influences?
All my influences actually discouraged me from writing, but I have always had this big impression I feel inside me about how you can take a blank piece of paper and create life with a pen.
What inspired you to write your book, and how long did it take you to finish it?
It took me a year to write this book. I have always loved sciences, still studying to this day (Forensics, at the moment). My areas of studies include Ocean Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Paleontology, Entomology, Chemistry, Physics, and Oceanography. I can’t get enough.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
My message is that you should never stop writing. I have published four books, but have written many more, including 52 textbooks that were published.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
The Paraponera is the first of a series of which I have finished the rough drafts on four others in this series. I am presently learning about Social Media and how the market has changed over the years. Within the next 60 days I will have a marketing plan built.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with iUniverse?
My best experience with iUniverse has to be the people I worked with. Most companies offer the same or similar deals, and traditional publishers want to change your book. The people at iUniverse have always been professional, understanding, respectful of my work, and helpful.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
My only advice to other writers is to write, write, and write some more. The more you write, the more you grow.