Sunday, April 19, 2015

Book Review and Author Interview: Karli Perrin

Karli Perrin's April Showers is categorized in an emerging genre called New Adult. The characters in this genre of novels are in that stage of leaving the teen years and learning to be an adult. These stories can be thought of as coming-of-age where the "age" is that fine line between leaving true childhood behind and figuring out where you belong as an adult.

Perrin's novel takes place in lovely England, and, as many American bibliophiles are also Anglophiles, proves to be, for American readers, the perfect location to follow April Adams on her journey.

April has left her home to enroll at Manchester University, where she finds newfound freedom to explore her dreams. April isn’t looking for love when she meets Isaac—“meets,” as in literally falls right as his feet—the hottest guy on campus. She is certainly intrigued by him and even more so when she sees him at a party. However, any hope she had of them being together is crushed when she finds out he is not who she thinks he is.

April’s feelings become even more complicated when she meets Lukas, who seems to be perfect for her. He becomes one of her best friends, the guy she leans on and who is always there for her. But then, it turns into more, and as hard as she tries, she cannot get Isaac out of her mind. The more she learns about both of them and the secrets that they have held, the more she learns that in order to find true happiness, she needs to find herself.

April Showers is a fun, exceptionally witty, romantic story that will have readers laughing and crying within the same chapter—and even on the same page. Perrin’s writing is catchy and clear, and the characters are well-rounded, having relatable flaws and likable quirks. Perrin’s novel is a perfect place to revisit that time of life where nothing seems to come together, and then it all does, right at the same time.  

As a content warning, this book has adult content—very unlike Young Adult. April Showers ends with a “To Be Continued…” so be sure to also check out the sequel, April Fools. 

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I live in rainy England with my fiancé and son, who is 4 months old! I'm a huge book nerd and have always loved to read and write since I was little. I love chocolate, Harry Potter and cheesy reality TV shows. My favourite NA book is Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire closely followed by Slammed - Colleen Hoover.

Where did the idea for April Showers come from?
I was working in a sixth-form school at the time, which brought back memories of my own time at college and University. I really wanted to write about a girl who moved away from all of her friends and family. I was intrigued to see how she would handle all of the changes in her life.
Give us an insight into April. What does she do that is so special (without giving away the plot!)?
April is very witty, sarcastic and down to earth. She is just your average girl and I think a lot of readers will be able to relate to her. She isn't perfect - she makes mistakes and sometimes I felt like screaming at her but I wanted the story to unfold organically. She meets somebody special but soon finds out that life isn't always easy!

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I always edit my own books. I read April Showers over ten times from start to finish to ensure I was happy with everything. I also get close family members to proof read for me in case I have missed anything. There will always be the odd typo, we're not robots, but it's about limiting these errors as much as possible.

Tell us about the cover and how it came about.
April Showers originally had a different cover but because I buy my images from stock photography sites, other people are also able to use them. Another author used the same image as mine for her book cover so I made the difficult decision to change mine. I am so glad that I did! Emma Hart designed the new cover for me and I love it so much! It is much better than the original. The rain represents a crucial scene in the book, as well as playing around with the title, April Showers. Get it? ;)

Why did you choose to publish this book independently?
I like the freedom that comes along with self publishing - you can choose your own cover, release date, price etc. I would love to be traditionally published but in the meantime, self publishing enables me to get my stories out there.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
I think I just answered this! There are both advantages and disadvantages with most things in life, you have to do what is right for you.

How do you market your books?
I do it all myself, mainly using Twitter. I am friends with a lot of bloggers - they are awesome! Without them, it would be much harder to get the word out about my books.

This book is New Adult, which is (arguably) an emerging genre. How would you define NA?
NA is essentially about growing up. It's the transition from being a teenager to becoming an adult. It's fun and edgy but also deals with serious issues. NA is so fun to write!

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write the story that you, as a reader, would like to read. Keep going, don't give up!

Give us a little insight into the sequel, April Fools?
Okay, so I was a little mean with the ending of April Showers so April Fools picks up straight where I ended book one. It involves the same characters but also introduces a new one. Two words - ALPHA MALE. April Fools was a lot of fun to write and the ending had me crying whilst writing it.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
I love hearing from readers! Please feel free to get in touch. :) I also love to send out swag.