Sergio Pereira is an eccentric writer, who somehow managed to obtain a BA degree in Media Studies and Psychology. In spite of his academic endeavours, he secretly aspires to be The Wizard of Oz, or Batman (actually, mostly Batman). Sadly, none of these dreams have come true for him yet. For further information, please visit www.sergiopereira.co.za.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m a sophisticated killing machine sent back through time…just kidding. I’m 28 years old and from sunny South Africa. During the day, I work as a freelance journalist and copywriter; at night, I put on a cowl and write some more. I’m also known as the “Fountain of Useless Information”; if something’s geeky, chances are that I’ll know all about it.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
Well, I normally write horror comedy, but began to feel the need to attempt just horror. I took some time to come up with a perfect angle and concept, and Don’t Steal from the Devil is the product of it. The story is a different take on the possession theme, as I threw a spanner into the works – in short, what would happen if two criminals broke into a house that was possessed?
How do you create your characters?
Sometimes, they’re based on people I know. Other times, the characters introduce themselves to me.
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
When I was a child, I’d spend hours creating my own comic books and stories – I also created a mock magazine with Charlie Sheen on the cover. Nonetheless, I’d be lying if I said that I believed I’d be a writer back then. I guess it all just happened. I got paid for writing, and kept coming back for another paycheck.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
Mostly in the study – or in bed, if I’m feeling lazy. Sometimes, I do put on some music in the background, but I don’t have any weird rituals that I swear by. I don’t drink my own blood, or summon the souls of a thousand dead warriors. Sorry to disappoint you.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
Anywhere and everywhere. It could be a dream, a line that I read somewhere, just watching a piece of paper float around in the wind, or even while I’m showering. My creativity lacks sensible protocol.
What do you like to read?
Anything by David Moody, Roald Dahl, Michael Crichton, Neil Gaiman, Derek Landy, Neil Strauss, and Chuck Palahniuk.
What would your advice be for authors, or aspiring, in regards to writing?
Prepare to lose friends, family, and everything else. No one will understand you, or your need to do it. Writing isn’t a job; it’s a calling. If you want to do it, do it for yourself. Sharpen your skills and develop mental toughness – if you cry easily, be prepared for swollen eyes.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Just a thank you to you for featuring me on your site, and to the readers for reading my nonsense. Say hi to me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/sergiopereira27), Twitter (www.twitter.com/sergiowrites ), and Goodreads (www.goodreads.com/sergiowrites).