Interview – David Perlmutter, author of Wrong Place, Wrong Time
Self-Publisher’s Showcase: Today we are joined by David P. Perlmutter, author of Wrong Place, Wrong Time, and his latest release My Way. Welcome to our Showcase Lounge, David.
David P. Perlmutter: Thank you for the invite.
SPS: For any of our readers that haven’t come across your work previously, can you take a moment to tell us all a little about yourself?
DPP: Having just turned 50, I won’t go into too much detail as I will be on here forever. I am a father of 4 great kids and work in sales and marketing. I live in the UK but lived in Portugal and Madeira for 6 years, which I loved and miss. I do enjoy living by the sea.
SPS: What are your perfect writing conditions, and how often do you write?
DPP: Home on the sofa, music in background with a drink, that’s how I write. I should write more often, into 25k of my third book but with work, and marketing of my first two books, that book is coming along, but slowly.
SPS: Can you put your finger on the moment that you decided you wanted to publish your work?
DPP: With WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME, I first started writing this true story as a blog, then my friend and editor read the first couple of chapters and recommended me to write it as a book and self-publish.
SPS: Why do you think it is that you decided to write non-fiction as your debut work, and do you see yourself ever writing fiction?
DPP: To be honest I really do not see myself as an author. I wrote Wrong Place, Wrong Time as a sort of therapy, as the events that happen in Spain live with me every day. I so admire authors who write fiction, to make up a story from nothing.
SPS: So, tell us about Wrong Place, Wrong Time?
DPP: Well, it’s a story of stupid mistakes by myself, hands up, I was foolish, naïve, but what happen in Spain was so harrowing. After leaving London I went to Marbella for a summer holiday but ended up behind bars wrongly arrested for Arson and Manslaughter. This even after I managed to save lives in a hotel fire. I am not proud of some of my actions but people need to read my story to see the full facts.
SPS: What led you to head for Spain in the search of adventure?
DPP: In the early 1990’s Marbella was the place so I followed. Why Spain, unsure.
SPS: What sort of events do you experience on your ‘one way ticket to hell’?
DPP: How from partying one minute, to being caught up in a hotel fire, and then behind bars. But, there is so much more.
SPS: Are we talking self-inflicted situations, or did you feel events were conspiring against you?
DPP: As I have said, some of my actions were self-inflicted, but as the title suggests I was in the wrong place.
SPS: Were there times when you could never see a light at the end of the tunnel?
DPP: Yes. Handcuffed in jail in a foreign country with other screaming prisoners in a dark basement, I know it wasn’t for weeks, months, years but it was the first time I been in jail and boy it wasn’t pleasant.
SPS: Did you find any parts of recollecting and sharing emotionally difficult?
DPP: Yes, everyday. Story as I have said still lives with me, I re-read the book sometimes and think ‘how did I ever get into the situation and out of it?’ My family were awesome.
SPS: Looking back, do you wish the events had never transpired, or do you feel they grew you as a person?
DPP: People will think I am mad but it happen and I guess it is a part of life. Without the events, the book would not have been written, because I could never write anything like that.
SPS: Tell us about your follow up release, My Way.
DPP: My Way is a book on how I marketed WPWT and how to use the social media for promotion and advertising.
SPS: What made you decide that you wanted to share your methods with the world?
DPP: There is nothing better than giving support to indie authors, especially on twitter. I have met so many great people, authors on twitter and the support is amazing. If just one tip from MY WAY helps an author then that is great.
SPS: Who do you feel would gain most from picking up a copy?
DPP: I guess authors but I have had reviews from people who own companies and they have said that the tips would help them increase their company profile on social media.
SPS: Any snippets of wisdom you can share with us now?
DPP: Just keep marketing and promoting your product, it’s your baby, so let the world know about it. Twitter and Facebook are FREE, use it to the maximum.
SPS: You are incredibly active on Social Media (we understand the work that entails). Do you also promote your books away from these social sites?
DPP: I use Pinterest, word of mouth, I do interviews like this for example. To my surprise WPWT has been ranked in top 10/50/100 categories since it was self-published. Not just in the UK, but America, Canada, Australia, Spain, even Japan and India!
SPS: What can we expect next from the pen of Mr. Perlmutter?
DPP: I do have another non-fiction book, which is halfway to be completed. I am busy doing the marketing, also trying to move forward in making WPWT into a film but it’s a long way off that!
SPS: Was the Self-Published/Indie-Published route always your preferred route for your work?
DPP: I guess it was as it was the only way to get my books out into the world.
SPS: Has the experience so far been all that you thought it would be?
DPP: The experience has been far from what I thought. Thinking about it, I have never written a book before, published it, and at the moment has nearly 350 reviews on Amazon with 200 being 5* and over 50 4*! Amazing really!
SPS: If you could give one piece of advice for someone looking to get into writing, what would it be?
DPP: Just do it, you only live once, no regrets!
SPS: Before we bring this interview to a close, it’s your chance to name-drop. Anyone who you feel is deserving of more recognition at present or someone whose writing you have recently enjoyed? Now is your chance to spread the word…
DPP: So many talented authors out there who self-publish, not just one book but many, how do they do it. All I will say is that in MY WAY there are a few pages with names that I recommend to follow on twitter and read their books.
SPS: Thank you for joining us today David, and all the best for the future.
DPP: My pleasure, great questions and sorry it took so long. Thank you Paul.
SPS: For more information on David and his work to date, please do visit his Author page here.