Paul Perilli lives in Brooklyn, NY. His writing has appeared in places such as The European, Baltimore Magazine, Poets and Writers Magazine, New Observations Magazine and more recently in The Transnational, Numero Cinq, Thema, Overland, Aethlon, Jerry Jazz Musician, Zin Daily and others. He’s also published chapbooks and been included in several anthologies. Paul’s stories have won the European short story context and the Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction Contest, and his story was one of four included in Overland’s False Documents contest.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: Not sure of the first book I read but I do recall as a kid getting a hold of three paperbacks published as part of a larger series for young readers. Two of them were The Sign of the Four (Arthur Conan Doyle) and Ben Hur (Lew Wallace). That’s when I realized I liked reading novels, and getting lost in fictional worlds. I just remembered the third, Riders of the Purple Sage (Zane Grey). My father’s Isaac Asimov books came after that.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: I go back to many of them. These days Roberto Bolaño is someone I’m rereading.