Interview with Arikan Weelwright

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story was told by my mother. She used to read fairy tales for me and my brother every night in the bed. I always cuddled under her right arm. I remember I completely lost connection with the real world while she was reading for us. In my mind I could see dragons, knights, princesses and enchanted landscapes... And I still can. From her and the first stories she told us I learned how to dream awake. This is one of the greatest things she taught us.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nook Glowlight that I ordered from the US and it is simply perfect.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Well I am quite new on this market but I guess I will just do what I did to make my blog famous: be honest, give the best I can, try to help others become their own superheroes and never try to sell it. I believe creating something truly valuable is going to do the magic.
Describe your desk
At the moment I am sitting at a camp table I abducted from our balcony, covering it with coffee mugs and.. Oh well there is no space for anything else. Just my white laptop and coffee (who need anything else, right?).We just moved together with my boyfriend and we don't have any proper desk. Yet.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing my first diary when I was 10. I feel so much joy when I let my thoughts flow through my fingers and the words start to form sentences, of which the most beautiful bouquets can be composed... Oh well. I often declare myself "graphomaniac" but you know what they say: behind every joke lays 50% truth.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly? I really don't I have energy to try to convince any publishers about the value of my writings. Instead I decided to publish them this way and see where it all goes. I believe that real value will find its way to the readers and pulishers and I am only interested in creating value. I am not motivted my fame or wealth and I would never 'prostitute' myself for commercial success. I prefer the harder way. Let's see if it works, shall we?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My thoughts, my love, my hatred, my energies - all my magic is flowing through me to form my words. Writing makes everything alright.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am honored by all the love they give me and they are my motivation to believe I can do better and better and better.
What are you working on next?
I have all kind of topics in my head but basically I registered to Smashwords to publsih e-books about dieting, weight-control, nutrition, willpower etc. In my own country I am famous for my great diet plans - new customers must wait 2-3 weeks - and I plan to publish such plans in english, designed specially for different purposes.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love my life - when I wake up this is my first thought. Then I get up, make a coffe for me and my man and as we carefully sip the hot beverage from under our sea of blankets and pillows, I feel pure happiness. I don't need any other inspiration.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have tons of hobbies... I love walking my dog, I love knitting while I listen to some worthless TV shows, I love extreme sports such as diving and paragliding, I love horse riding, reading, drawing. I also love putting my legs up the couch's backrest and watch a movie upside down... The list is long and I never have time to be bored.
Published 2015-08-31.
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