Tell us a little about your story and the story world you've created.
The story of Perfidious follows a half-elf, half-human girl named Elisia. Though she seems like a normal teenager, Elisia’s life and very survival depends upon a lie. But when her father challenges her to embrace that lie and turn her back on her birthright, Elisia must choose between loyalty to herself or to her family.
When handsome and popular Greyson begins to pay attention to her, she finds that she has more in common with him than she ever realized. With the help of her best friend Kalvin and Greyson’s brother Noah, will they be able to restore peace in Perfidious? Or will Elisia find herself torn between the slowly kindled flame of her best friend Kalvin and the exciting new charms of Greyson?
Perfidious is a world created for the monsters of myths and legends to live safely and not be hunted by humans. Even though most humans don’t know about it, there are a few that wander into Perfidious. Because of the purebloods' past with the humans, human-monster half-breeds are looked down upon for being a disgrace. The story follows Elisia as she tries to bring peace to Perfidious so she doesn’t have to live in fear.
Perfidious will be a trilogy, with the second book, Deceptions, coming out in 2022, with the last book to be released in 2023.
Which character was most challenging to create? Why?
The most challenging character for me to create was Noah. He was a supporting character that seemed to be useless in earlier drafts. I had to do serious revisions to help this character shine so that I could keep him in the story. He has a role that I feel is very important.
What do you hope readers will take away from this story?
Greyson goes on this journey of self discovery throughout the story. Even though it is hard at times, he doesn’t give up on figuring out who, and what, he is.
With my target audience being young adults, I hope my readers take inspiration to find out who they are and where they fit in in the world, even if it is hard.
Are there particular themes or motifs wrestle with or address in your story?
Perfidious has a strong theme of equality that I think will connect to my audience especially when there are so many different kinds of people in the world.
I think many people will be able to bond with Elisia and Greyson’s determination to fight to belong in a world that seems to be against them.
What is your biggest dream in life?
My biggest dream in life is to tell stories and for people to enjoy them.
Being a self-published author at 24 is not easy. I hope that my own story can bring inspiration to people to follow their dreams.
What are you the proudest of?
I’m proudest of my accomplishment of becoming a published author. It took a lot to save up enough money to self-publish, find a great editor, and have the confidence to get my story out there (which I am still working on the last one).
I have been writing stories since I was 8 years old. Since then I have written many short stories, poems, and books.
Perfidious was the first book I was able to publish, but it won’t be the last. I am currently in the editing process for Deceptions, the second book in the Perfidious series.
What Do You Think Is A Sign That It’s Time To Let Go Of Something?
Letting go of something is never easy. But when something brings more stress and negative emotions than it brings joy, then it's time to move on.
Where Do You Find Meaning In Your Life?
Besides writing, I find meaning in my family, friends and my animals.
They support me and help me get back up when things aren’t going well. They keep me smiling and moving forward.
How has the pandemic affected you? and how did you cope?
Oddly enough, the pandemic actually helped me more than it has hurt me. I got laid off from my job back in March 2020 for three months, but I didn’t let this get me down. I used this time to get the big edits done on Perfidious and start the second book, Deceptions (which will be coming out in 2022).
With things still not running 100% and remaining at home a lot, I took a lot of time to focus on writing and editing.
Read The Book: https://www.amazon.com/Perfidious-P-T-McKenzie/dp/1736618407