The Dociles by Valerie Puri

The Dociles by Valerie Puri

Walls are meant to keep the monsters out…

Deep in the forest there is a wall where no wall should be. Behind it live the people of the Commune, the last remnant of human kind.

Jennie Caraway has lived behind the wall her entire life, certain that it protects her and her brother from the lemerons, ravenous undead monsters whose only desire is to kill – and feed.

Jennie’s peaceful existence is shattered when she uncovers a secret organization whose purpose threatens to destroy not only Jennie, but her entire world. The Order has a deadly mission, and they will stop at nothing to see it completed.

Jennie and those closest to her must expose the evil truth before they are killed – or worse.

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Valerie Puri has always had a lifelong interest in all forms of artistic expression. She has tried her hand at many things, yet she always found her way back to reading and writing. With inspiration everywhere, she finally put pen to paper (or rather, fingers to keyboard) with the intent of publishing her stories.

Writing has always come naturally to Valerie, and for a time she even worked as a technical writer. She continues to hone her skills by having at least one writing project in the works at any given time. Her true passion lies in the freedom that comes with writing the stories that pour from her imagination and real life inspiration.

Valerie believes that the experiences we have in life are just stories waiting to be written.

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  1. Who is your favorite author? 
    Ken Follett. He has an incredible way of telling his stories. You feel as though are living through the events in his novels alongside his characters.

 

  1. Who is your favorite character in your books so far and why?

My favorite character in The Dociles is Marlene. She has been around a long time and seen things those around her couldn’t possibly fathom. Her stubbornness is only matched by her strength. She’s done some terrible things in her past, but has tried to make up for it as best she can. There is still a lot to tell about her, but I don’t want to give anything away.

 

  1. Fiction writing is a creative endeavor and assuming you have experienced “writer’s block,” do you have ways of getting your creative juices flowing again?

The dreaded writer’s block. Everyone experiences it, and I have from time to time. It can be frustrating when the words just won’t flow and you feel stuck. To help overcome this is to go for a walk, watch a movie, or just do something to give myself a mental break. Sometimes it even helps me to work on another story for a while. I still get to enjoy my creative outlet of writing and make progress on another story.

 

  1. Are any of your characters or stories based on actual events or real people? If not, how do you come up with your story lines?

The Dociles is completely fictional. The inspiration came from a very vivid dream I had. The more I thought about it, the more I realized this story idea would not go away and I had to do something with it. After incubating in my mind for years, I finally decided I needed to write this tale.

 

  1. What technology do you use for writing?

I previously wrote in Microsoft Word, but I recently switched to Scrivener. I am really enjoying the added features and organization Scrivener provides.

 

  1. What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

Wake up, have coffee, go to work, come home, play with the little one, have dinner, settle in for bed and write. On the weekends I can get more writing in between fun activities and play time.

 

  1. What d’you want to be when you grow up? Was being an author your first love?

I always dreaded this question when I was younger. Teachers would always ask what you want to be when you grow up. Some of my peers had it all figured out before they were even double digits in age.

I’m still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up, but I’ve learned I can be anything I want. I’ve changed careers from a software developer to a project manager and I couldn’t be happier. Through it all, I can write consistently and I enjoy doing it.

 


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