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Author Q&A with David P. Perlmutter

I’m delighted to host my first ever author Q&A here on my T. J. Blake #Author blog. And what better debut guest than David P. Perlmutter!

Something really awesome about David is that his novel, “Wrong Place Wrong Time” is being adapted into a movie. It’s currently in pre-production. So you can be certain that David will have some amazing insights for you if you’re an aspiring author!

David P. Perlmutter Author Q&A with psychological thriller author T. J. Blake

Welcome David, thank you for joining me.

Let’s kick off with this. Describe ‘David P. Perlmutter’ in three words.

Impulsive – Petulant – Dreamer – according to my girlfriend 👀

What is your type and genre of writing? 

I write true stories (4), crime fiction (trilogy), marketing books (8) for the indie author, and one children’s book.

Why do you write? 

Well, when I first started to write, the last thing on my mind was writing a book, especially being dyslexic. But I did start a blog ten years ago when I lived in Portugal, which was mainly for therapy to be honest about my adventure to Marbella, when I was wrongly arrested for arson and manslaughter and ended up in jail.

I sent a couple of blog posts to my friend and then editor to look at and she replied, “David, this is far too good for just a blog, you should write a book.” So, within six months, I did. My friend and editor edited it, and that book, “Wrong Place Wrong Time” has been a #1 BESTSELLER around the Amazon world.

She did warn me that I may receive some negativity from readers because of the nature of the story, which I did, but with over a thousand five-star book reviews, these have certainly outweighed any negative reviews. Also, this true story is currently a book to movie project.

From there, I caught the writing bug. I guess it’s escapism, my escape from the real world.

You’re an author, but do you have another full-time occupation? And if so, how do you find the time to write? 

When I first started to write, I was in newspaper sales, real estate, and Google page one online marketing in Portugal. Then I came back to the UK and worked for another newspaper selling advertising.

The past couple of years I’ve stayed at home to concentrate on my writing, but when Covid began, I had to do my bit. The past year I’ve worked at my local Sainsbury’s, stacking shelves from 10pm to 8am a few nights a week. I have a thirty-minute power kip at lunch, between 2 and 3am. I’ve done four nights on the trot this week. It’s such a tough gig and I now have the upmost respect for supermarket employers and key workers. As a customer beforehand and still of course, I really didn’t appreciate what went on behind the scenes. I used to go and get my shopping without even thinking how the products appeared on the shelves every day. I’ll tell you it’s a slog, nine/ten hours a night of ripping up boxes, lifting cans or bottles and stacking shelves. It’s a workout, one doesn’t need to go to the gym believe me.

Regarding writing, I can’t do any when I do the graveyard shift as working one night, takes out two days for sleep. So, I write at weekends, during the day and at night when I’m not working.

I also do extra work as an actor and some modelling. I have appeared in a few Bollywood movies, several indie films, TV shows, music videos and fashion photoshoots.

At 56, I wish I started the acting lark 30 years ago, but I’m loving along with my writing.

What is your writing process? Do you even have a format for when you write?

Good question. I have no format at all. Sounds crazy, but with my latest books, my crime fiction series, Write to Kill, Write to Survive (both on Amazon) and Write to Live, (with my editor) I never had a format. Yes, I had ideas, but nothing written down, not even a clue about books two and three when I first began to write book one.  

What comes first; fictional world, character, plot, or something else? 

With my crime fiction series, which I’ve loved writing, I guess the fictional world came first, then the characters came to me as I wrote, and the more I did write, the more the plot played out in my head and then onto the screen.  You could say that I came up with the plot and characters as I wrote, which wouldn’t be too far from the truth. 

How do you create your characters? 

Again, with my crime fiction (You can tell I loved writing these books!), the characters came to me as I wrote. The main character is an author, his name is never mentioned in the books. He does have love interest with Lisa, a nurse, but his main rival, the danger man is called Mad Dog Maddox, an underworld mafia type character.

I also act out the scenes when I write and read the dialogue out loud too. I really have put blood and guts into writing these books so the reader can try and feel the scenario when reading. Judging by the many comments and reviews on my blog, I guess that has come across.

As an example, a scene in book one, Write to Kill, I acted out when the main character, the author in the book was gently pricking himself in the stomach several times to feel the pain from the tip of a knife before he did his murderous deed. At the time, my editor (my editor is also my partner), Julie Tucker, was editing the scene as I acted it out in front of her and said, “are you mad?”, which, my partner knows full well, I am. So, just for her, I replaced the knife with a banana.  

Can you write us a flash fiction story based on your latest story? Let’s say no more than 10 words. 

No, sorry!

What about four sentences: “An aspiring author, cursed with writer’s block and ridden with debt, is offered a huge amount of money to commit a heinous crime.

Caught up in the machinations of the underworld and at the mercy of a gangland boss, will this budding writer accept the money, commit the crime and leave his innocence behind him?

And will real life turn to fiction, as events inspire him to write what he dreams will be an international bestseller?”

What’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing? 

Anthony Horowitz with David Perlmutter - T. J. Blake Author blog

A few years ago, I met Anthony Horowitz at an event. He gave me a few minutes of his time. He in fact grew up in the next town to me.

Anyway, he told me a story of when he was writing his sixteenth book, without any success at all beforehand. His wife said, “If this one doesn’t take off, I feel you should think about changing professions.” That book took off and changed his life. He told me to never give up.

My third book “Write To Live” in my crime fiction, which is with my editor as I stated above, is my sixteenth novel too.

Even better, Anthony follows me now, and he’s my mum’s second favourite author.

What’s you next project? 

Apart from being involved in the book to movie of “Wrong Place Wrong Time”, which believe me is a very long process, especially with the current world situation involving Covid, my new project is pushing my crime fiction to become a TV series. Yes, it’s a dream, but the response on my blog, where I’ve featured the first three chapters of Write to Kill has been nothing short of overwhelming.

I also have a producer in LA, pitching it for me. This one blog post alone has received over 100,000 page views, (over 417K in total) and over 170 comments/book reviews from readers who have stated how much they have loved reading the books, also suggesting actors to play my characters if optioned for TV, which many want, with Jenna Coleman being the firm favourite of readers to play Lisa. Other names have been mentioned. So, that is what I’m pushing for. If one doesn’t try, then to me, what’s the point.  

What advice would you give someone who wants to start writing? 

You must enjoy writing of course. Don’t over think and write for yourself. Also, as I’ve said above, try and make things happen.  

How important is book marketing? 

People who know me know I love social media marketing. I just wish social media was around when I was a lot younger. But I can’t do anything about that apart from acting younger than 56, which believe me I do. Anyway, as I have mentioned, I have written several books about book marketing, a brand titled “MY WAY”. I do not confess I know everything of course, but if just one of my tips helps an author sell a book or get their name out into the world, then I’m happy with that.

My Way - book marketing from David Perlmutter - T. J. Blake author blog

I’m on several social media platforms with Twitter being my number one with over 55k followers, followed by, and this may surprise people, LinkedIn. I went from 150 to over 18,000 followers in a year and a half. I even had a post that went viral with over 70,000 views and 35,000 comments. I wrote a book about that too. Instagram is of course great as is Facebook.

I’m also on Vero another great platform. Book marketing is free on all platforms if you use it right, and the only cost and investment is your time. I have also featured over 200 books from authors from around the world on my blog.   

Which authors inspire you? 

To be honest, all authors inspire me as writing is a tough gig.

Please name up to three of your favourite self-published/indie authors. 

Anne John-Ligali, Soulla Christodoulou and David P Perlmutter - T. J. Blake author blog
Anne John-Ligali, Soulla Christodoulou and David P Perlmutter!

I could name three thousand.

There are so many, but I’m going to be biased as these three authors have been very, very supportive. I met Anne John-Ligali at the London Book Fair six years ago and we’ve been great friends ever since. We also meet up during the year and at Christmas for a few drinks, also with my next author mention, Soulla Christodoulou and I must say, they are such bad influences on me (Yeah, right David).

My third author is more of a writer and blogger, and he has been so supportive all the way from Philadelphia. Billy Kravitz has been a supporter for several years on Twitter and when I read his tweets about my work, I feel so special, so, Billy thanks.

Anne and Soulla, subject to Covid restrictions, I’ll see you over Christmas for some more shenanigans.


Well, I hope my invite for that Christmas drinking session arrives in the post soon! 😉

Thank you so much for giving me your time today David, speak again soon!

Did you enjoy that?

If you have any questions for David then please do drop them over to me and I can happily hold another session with David. Or head over to his blog or even one of his popular social media accounts he mentioned above.

Thank you for reading, another author Q&A coming soon!

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GIVEAWAY ALERT – fancy a new audiobook to listen to? Limited codes available

You could listen to my paranormal thriller, “Familiar”, OR psychological thriller, “Deception”, for free on Audible. Comment your email below.

I have 50 free codes for you to listen to my paranormal thriller, Familiar. AND I have 50 free codes for Deception: A Love of Lies too.

Check it out to see if it’s the kind of audiobook you would like to listen to.

Familiar audiobook preview

Deception audiobook preview

How you can get a free code for Familiar and/or Deception on audiobook

All I need from you is your email, location (UK or US), and which book you would like.

Then I will reply to your email with your free promo code!

Go! Go! Go! I only have 50 codes to give away!

Happy International Women’s Day♀

Which woman inspires you?

In the spirit of International Women’s Day, who inspires you? Please comment your answers below!

For me, it’s my wife. She’ll hate me for writing about her like this, but she deserves a huge, huge shout out.

So, why’s my wife my inspiration?

She paid me good money to write about her (I’m joking!). In all honesty, she’s been putting up with me for a good 8 years now. We’ve been through a lot of challenges with what life has thrown at us over the years, but we’ve always stayed strong and supported each other through whatever issue there was.

On top of this, she’s pregnant and I am absolutely amazed with how she’s managing with the experience. It’s quite a surreal moment for me, so I can’t imagine how it’s making her feel.

By going through the journey of pregnancy it just shows how amazing and strong the female body is. It’s extraordinary!

I imagine I’d be a real wimp if I was the one carrying our baby!

In the spirit of inspiring women…

My novel Familiar was driven by a powerful, strong and confident woman in the lead character, Arabella. She’s a badass and has to deal with ‘friends’ constantly reaching out to her. I absolutely loved writing as Arabella, she was amazing! The book wouldn’t be as good if she wasn’t the lead.

If you’re looking for a new book to read and inspiring female protagonists are your bag, then I highly recommend Familiar to you.

It’s currently free to read on Smashwords for Ebook Week ’21

It’s free to read on Kindle Unlimited too (as always!) – preview below

#2 on Amazon’s Best Sellers in Psychological Fiction 🤘

DECEPTION: A Love of Lies has been free to download on Amazon Kindle to help all those turning to books during the UK’s next Covid lockdown. Anyone across the world can download DECEPTION for free too 🙂

It was my gift to all of you out there, but actually, you guys have given me an amazing gift. Something I really didn’t expect to happen, wowee!!

Check this out!

DECEPTION at number 2 in the best sellers charts!

Thank you to all of you who have downloaded DECEPTION so far, and I hope you all enjoy reading it!

If you haven’t downloaded it to your Kindle just yet, you can do so HERE.

Want a free lockdown psychological thriller read?

After the latest Coronavirus announcement here in the UK (we’re in lockdown!), it took me back to last year’s lockdown where a lot of people decided to spend more of their free time reading books.

That’s why I’ve decided to make my novel, DECEPTION: A Love of Lies FREE to download on eBook/Kindle from January 8th until January 12th 23:59.

Put the date in your diary and bookmark DECEPTION on Amazon. Here’s the link: http://getbook.at/DeceptionTJBlake – it’s a universal link and will take you to your Amazon country page.

DECEPTION: A Love of Lies preview & synopsis

“Through the stark and leafless trees, I see her.

I remember the first day I saw her; an instant attraction. I think she’s beautiful. She has such pensive blue eyes; they remind me of a blue sky right before the sun descends. Every time I see her I want to talk to her, I want to get to know her, and I want to be her friend.

She usually completes the lower woodland walk in six minutes and forty-two seconds; she misses the deeper woodlands and goes home, I believe.

I walk down the road at the same speed as her. She reaches the crossroads at the bottom of the road, looks both ways, and then jogs across into the garden of a house. I stop walking and concentrate on which house is hers.

I can’t stare too long but I am intrigued already, I will come back.”

Read DECEPTION

The Undoing Alternate Ending

The Undoing, starring Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman, had us all gripped. A classic whodunnit. We all had theories, most of them COMPLETELY off the mark.

If you’re behind or are yet to watch The Undoing, stop reading and come back once you have watched it – I’m going to reveal what my theory was.

… SPOILERS AFTER THIS POINT! …

It was on that drive between Jonathan (Hugh Grant) and his son Henry that the nation collectively gasped once the flashbacks started rolling.

“No! It can’t be, it was Hugh all along!?”

It sure was. The signs were there in plain sight, but none of us wanted to believe it. It was too obvious to be Jonathan, he was the prime suspect after all, it’s never the first person that’s accused. Until The Undoing came along.

This nicely leads me onto what my theory was… and to be fair, I thought that my alternate ending would have been pretty awesome too!

My alternate ending/theory for The Undoing

My theory came to me when Jonathan mentioned to his lawyer Haley Fitzgerald about another woman he cheated on Grace with before Elena Alves (the victim). He referred to this woman as a “one-off years ago”. This other woman who Jonathan mentioned didn’t have a name, and I thought this was the writers giving us a teeny hint.

I was convinced that it was this other woman that had murdered Elena Alves in a jealous rage.

For this unnamed woman, the brutal murder of Elena wasn’t enough. She wanted to make Jonathan pay, so she went to Jonathan and Grace’s family lake house, where she and Jonathan used to meet, and planted the murder weapon in the fireplace.

A cruel act of revenge!

So, who is the ‘one-off years ago’ woman I’m talking about?

Sylvia Steineitz

Sylvia Steineitz!

Hear me out. The unnamed ‘one-off’ woman, why doesn’t he name her? Even when the lawyer pushes, Jonathan still doesn’t name her. She’s simply the “one-off years ago”.

Sylvia worked with Jonathan secretly without Grace knowing. Sylvia admitted secretly helping Jonathan after he was fired from his job at the hospital. More lies.

Jonathan ended it, Sylvia was jealous and saw Jonathan leaving Elena’s place the night she murdered him. Rage, jealousy, bitterness took over and boom. The hammer was there.

Sylvia brutally murdered Elena and framed Jonathan!

Or that’s what I thought.

It all came tumbling to me, I was absolutely convinced I had it all figured out.

I didn’t have it figured out at all.

What was your theory on The Undoing?

Let me know!

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I was interviewed by fellow author, Nina Soden

We talked about my personal life and what I’m up to when I’m not writing my fiction novels (including the mention of my new cashless tipping app, TipSpend).

Here are some of the best bits of the interview:

(Speaking about my day job as a Content Marketing Specialist)

“Although my content writing is different to my fiction stories, there are a lot of similarities – there is still storytelling in everything I do. There’s a lot of psychology involved in what I do too, which is an element I really enjoy.”

What is your favorite film based on a book?

There’s too many to choose from; The Harry Potter films, Lord of The Rings, The Avengers (I think that counts!), any adapted Stephen King novel!”

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or fewer words, what would you say?

Familiar” is my new paranormal mystery thriller book.

To describe it in 20 words: a murder mystery with a paranormal twist. The Conjuring meets True Detective.

Do you have a book trailer? If so, where can we watch it?

Does your character have any weaknesses?

There’s a big weakness to Arabella… but I can’t tell you! You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Arabella has a habit for getting too close with her ‘friends’, but she must distance herself. All ‘friends’ want one thing, to feel alive again.

You’ll have to read to find out more!


Check out the full interview with Nina here.