Interview with Arum

When did you first start writing?
I was thirteen years old. I had picked up a Nancy Drew book my sister had borrowed from the library but wasn't interested in reading. It hooked me and I began reading everything I could get my hands on. Then I discovered that I had characters of my own who wanted to be given life...so I began writing.
What are you working on next?
Right now I am editing a romance novel called 'When I Need You.' It is by far the longest piece of writing I've done - 140k words. I hope to have it ready before the beginning of February 2014.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite writers are Sidney Sheldon, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Dan Brown.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The potential to create something amazing, something that would inspire later generations and that I can be proud of when I reach the age of 80.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, listening to music, playing the guitar, or watching my favorite TV shows.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am always searching for new authors to read but the book has to hook me from the very beginning or else I won't finish them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Lol. I was obsessed with the movies 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'Halloween,' so I created my own slasher serie titled 'A Nightmare on Halloween,' not very original I know.
What is your writing process?
I have my own version of the Snowflake Method (created by Randy), but I normally skip creating a character bible just because I find that work boring. My characters are very much alive before I write one word. After writing a short sentence of what the story is about, I then figure out the 3 major crisis plus how it ends - if I don't know the ending of my story I can never finish it, or at least it takes me forever. I then continue by writing a novel and character synopsis. After I have all that, then I start writing the first draft.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Nancy Drew and the Myster of the Velvet Mask. The mystery and the suspense was what hooked me. From that first book, I developed a love for the written word.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Master of The Game by Sidney Sheldon. Midnight by Dean Koontz. Eyes of the Dragon and Nightmares and Dream Escape by Stephen King. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. If you have read these authors you would know the level of suspense these stories have...they're fast paced and delisciously horrifying. I love them because they entertain me and transport me to a world so different from my own.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Paperwhite.
Published 2013-12-11.
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