TJ Perkins talks about her new mystery series about to be released.
Local author rings in the week, Melissa Richter, The Gettysburg Times, March 31, 2004 I was privileged and honored once again to spend an evening in the company of local author T.J. Perkins. “A star on the rise,” is how Rick Mohr speaks of this writer but these words do not even begin to tap into the outer realms. As a girl, T.J. Perkins engrossed herself in Nancy Drew books and spooky stories not realizing then that those very moments would turn into a career, a life’s passion, a dream, which through hard work is now taking shape before her eyes.The last time I spoke with T.J. in November she had just released her book “Mystery of the Attic.” Now proudly, with a new publisher in hand, she is releasing her first two books in the Kim and Kelly Mystery series for ages 12 and up. Defiantly this is a shining moment for a diligent writer that deserves a round of applause sure to end with a standing ovation. What makes this mystery series, compared to Scooby Doo and the author of the first 23 Nancy Drew books, is the fact that the stories are told in the first person point of view. The books rotate between Kim and Kelly’s own young voices. You get to know these two best friends intimately as they solve mysteries, deal with rivals at school and life issues that plaque young teens today without violence and bad language woven into the stories important life lessons. Kim is down to earth and Kelly is a wealthy young girl who loves to take riding lessons. They are the youth of today and a series for young African American females to look forward and proudly to. But do not think the males are left out because Detective Eddie Bancroft, who will also have his own series, helps the girls along the way. Without children of his own he grows to look at them through a father’s eyes. T.J. Perkin’s biggest fan is her nine year old son Nicholas who enthusiastically is the first person to read each book. He glows when he talks of his mothers stories and always can not wait for the next. T.J.’s ideas began with stories, family lore, that she heard as she was growing up including tales about mills, a person’s disappearance, and moonshine!For interested and exhilarated literature fans out there her books can be ordered on line through Lulu at www.book.lulu.com or through the author herself at sunbed007.aol.com. The first book in the Kim and Kelly series is titled “Fantasies are Murder” and book number two excitedly reads as “The Secret of Phantom Forest.” With her sunshine like personality and wealth of energy she is always thrilled to do school and library readings. T.J. Perkins is an author on the rise who will always bring a smile to ones face and always leave a person wanting more, to hear more about her stories to come, and the spooky surprises. Like any good author though T.J. knows that she does not do it alone. She has an amazing illustrator who did the cover work her Kim and Kelly mystery series. Chris Buchholz, also a local who lives right in East Berlin, is an artist who loves illustration. He says, “To me there’s nothing quite as exciting and at the same time, frightening, as staring at a blank piece of drawing paper.” He works to capture the emotion and essence of the characters in the book. Always as an artist he says that, “when I look at a drawing or painting of mine, I always see something that I could have done better, and I think that’s a healthy way of looking at art because it keeps you coming back to the drawing board.” He has won awards including a Gold Key Award in the 2000 Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and also a Silver Key in the 2000 National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. We have so many talented and rising people among us, leaving others with hope and defiantly a reason to keep shooting for the stars. I wish both T.J. and Chris the best of luck as they pursue their love of arts and the same is wished upon any one out there who strives everyday to make their dreams come true . So stick around and hear more about rising locals and all of the events which beautify this town.