Interview with Bruce E Arrington

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I would have to say it is getting positive feedback from the readers who enjoy the stories. It's like they came along and enjoyed the ride I created.
What are you working on next?
Currently I am working on the fourth installment of the Josh Anvil Series.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy riding my bike, working outside, and reading great stories. When I'm with others, it just helps feed my creative impulses.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a short & silly story as a child that I typed on a manual typewriter. I was so proud!
What is your writing process?
Lots of brainstorming and outlining come first. I try to read and reread some of the wonderful material out there about being a better writer, so I don't forget it. Then I start. Once I'm finished with the story, I'll try to pass it by my beta-readers if they are available. I have a great editor and awesome artists whom I collaborate with in creating the covers. Then it's off to publishing through Pipe Dream Books.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading the Chronicles of Narnia, and how suddenly my world got a whole lot bigger. I never knew anything like that existed before.
How do you approach cover design?
I work with professional artists who can deliver the style I am looking for. I feed them ideas, we go back and forth on the details--sometimes it takes a good while, but the final product is always worth it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Generally I prefer fantasy for teens & young adults, but I also read books for younger audiences, some science fiction, some general fiction. If it's a good story and well written, I will probably give it a go.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small rural community in the Pacific Northwest, filled with river and streams and hiking trails, fruit orchards and wide open spaces. My mom and I rode horses for pleasure and we camped out as a family. All of this beauty helped feed my story backgrounds and landscape choices.
When did you first start writing?
When I was in high school I began a fantasy series. It definitely helped me to start thinking about how to put a story together.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Aliens want to balance Earth's population, by force if needed. Josh Anvil has powers that can defend us, but they come with a risk that could cost everything he knows and loves.
Published 2016-02-25.
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Books by This Author

Josh Anvil And The Cypress Door
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 140,830. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General
What would you do with limitless powers? Fourteen-year-old Josh Anvil has severe dyslexia, and his dad’s recent injury from a terrible arson fire threatens his family’s livelihood. But when Josh makes a fateful canoe trip in the family swamp, his life changes forever. After a mysterious event, he discovers his ability to create living things, from dragons to float
Josh Anvil and the Gathering Storm
Series: Josh Anvil. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,570. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Oblivion avoided. An interview mocked. No one seems to believe what is coming, but sooner or later Earth will be laid at Raga's feet. That is what Josh Anvil is striving to prevent.
The Legend of Skaluni
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,140. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
On the day of Skaluni’s birth, the seven moons aligned. On his twelfth birthday, a fireball hit their world. Skaluni is used to being the village outcast, the unfriended Boy Who Did Not Believe. But when the lives of the villagers are threatened, they are forced to turn to him for their future.
Trial By Fear
Series: Fallen Powers. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,400. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Dark fantasy/ Horror Fallen Powers Series Book One A defeated kingdom. A forgotten prince. A powerful resurrection.
Josh Anvil and the Pivotal Weapon
Series: Josh Anvil, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,730. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Teen/Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy Josh Anvil and Troy Thompson find themselves in a strange tropical world, far from anyone or anything familiar. They come to explore a new planet, excited for what wonders await them. But it doesn’t take long before they are on the run from the aliens who conquered this world.