Read our Q&A with Bestselling Author Kyle Perry

Read our Q&A with Bestselling Author Kyle Perry

What inspired the idea behind this book?

A client gave me a step-by-step process for beginning an ice syndicate, and that’s where it took off from. The Deep mainly centres around a crime family, and the royalty of a drug dynasty. It was inspired by my work in a men’s drug and alcohol rehab. Working in that rehab changed my life—I learnt that some of the best stories of Hollywood and novels are actually happening around us.

What was the research process like for the book?

I made good friends with some dangerous people. They let me get some insight into their lives, which included some enlightening road trips. One involved being greeted at the door by a hunting bow. One found me allegedly accidentally being used to allegedly transport a very large amount of money in duffel bags—I’d thought my mate had to pick up $50 bucks he was owed, but he didn’t realise there was other money to pick up too … (“Sorry bro, didn’t realise there’d be so much, if you see the cops don’t pull over”). One thing that will always stick out in my mind is late night, sitting on a couch, sharing funny YouTube videos with a very influential criminal leader. All of it incredible inspiration for The Deep and future books.

Does the creative process get easier for you with each book?

The creative process is easier, because part of it is linked to confidence and it also makes a difference when you’re able to share more and more with the people in your world. After you are published, the excitement and encouragement and support you get from your friends makes creating deeper and richer. Being a published author also opens doors that were closed to you before—particularly when you’re trying to draw answers from people that are incriminating.

How does it feel to hold your book in your hands?

It’s an incredible feeling. Not sure how else to describe it, except maybe like the way it feels when you climb to the top of a mountain and finally get to see the view. I’ve had a few moments on Instagram when I’m scrolling and I’ll see someone’s shared my book, and there’s my name, and it jolts me every time. It’s definitely a part of the magic of being a writer.

Are you able to switch off at the end of a day of writing? If so, how?

Not really. I feel like the writing is always there. I think the best way to describe it is like a tree. It is always growing, the writer’s mind is always writing, always absorbing stuff with our roots: for example, I find it impossible to read other books some days, as the writer in me is trying to absorb new ideas as I’m going. Writing is not just not the contact of fingers on the keyboard, it happens always.

Reviews

A Heart-Stopping Thriller: Read an Extract from The Deep by Kyle Perry

Review | Extract

27 July 2021

A Heart-Stopping Thriller: Read an Extract from The Deep by Kyle Perry

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        Publisher details

        The Deep
        Author
        Kyle Perry
        Publisher
        Penguin
        Genre
        Fiction
        Released
        02 July, 2021

        Synopsis

        From the bestselling breakout author of The Bluffs comes a heart-stopping new thriller set on the rugged coast of Tasmania about modern-day pirates, family bonds and betrayals, and the hidden dangers that lurk in the deep…If you encounter the Black Wind while out there at sea, all you can do is race back to shore. There’s no predicting it, no sailing it, no living with it. And if you’re a Dempsey, it can play tricks on your mind... On the Tasman Peninsula, nestled amidst the largest sea-cliffs in the southern hemisphere, is Shacktown. Here the Dempsey family have run a drug ring for generations, using the fishing industry and the deadly Black Wind as cover. But when thirteen-year-old Forest Dempsey walks out of the ocean, bruised and branded, everything is imperilled – because Forest has been believed dead for the last seven years.Mackerel Dempsey, out of jail on strict bail conditions, is trying to change his fate, doing his best to keep out of trouble before his next court date. His cousin Ahab has renounced the family altogether, in favour of working to keep the town and its fragile tourism economy safe. But in their search for answers about Forest, both Mackerel and Ahab can’t help but be drawn back into the underworld. What on earth happened to the boy all those years ago? And does it have anything to do with the infamous drug kingpin Blackbeard, who is rumoured to be moving in on Shacktown?When secrets long thought buried at sea wash up on shore, generations of the Dempsey family must stand up for what they believe in, even if it means sacrificing everything. But in the gritty fight between right and wrong, blood isn’t always thicker than water, and everyone is at risk of being pulled under...From the bestselling breakout author of The Bluffs comes a heart-stopping new thriller set on the rugged coast of Tasmania about modern-day pirates, family bonds and betrayals, and the hidden dangers that lurk in the deep…
        Kyle Perry
        About the author

        Kyle Perry

        Kyle Perry is a drug and alcohol counsellor based in Hobart, Tasmania. He has grown up around the Tasmanian bush and seas, with the landscape a key feature of his writing and his spare time. He loves the sea, and his entire leg is covered in ocean tattoos. His debut novel, The Bluffs, has been translated into five languages. It was shortlisted for the Dymocks Book of the Year and the Indie’s Debut Fiction Book of the Year, and was longlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards’ General Fiction Book of the Year.

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