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 fifth and final installment of the Josh Anvil Series, as well as a new short story series called The Phalanx Blood. I'm really psyched about this as it revolves around a teenager who discovers his blood is the world's cure for cancer, and all the roller-coaster adventures that follow. Parts one and two are ready and there are more to come!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My full time job is teaching art, music and science in a small K-12 school and absolutely love it. I enjoy bike riding, hiking and other outdoor things.
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. 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 my first fantasy books, The Chronicles of Narnia, and how suddenly my world got a whole lot bigger.
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?
I enjoy good stories of all kinds with strong leads. My person preference is a clean read, something that has purpose and a good heart. I want to like the main character and root for him/her throughout the story. My leaning is toward science fiction and fantasy stories.
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. But I also remember using a typewriter when I was in elementary school, putting together a short story about Marco and Sharkey. Strange I don't remember what the story was about but I never forgot the names of the characters!
Published 2017-07-14.
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Books by This Author

Coverup: The Phalanx Blood Series Part III
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,430. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
My blood kills cancer. Yep, you read that right. The big bad C word that scares just about everyone these days. My blood kills it. Dead. Dead Kennedys' invitation to the White House dead. Disappointed George Romero dead. Doesn't matter what type of cancer. It quickly finds itself outmaneuvered, surrounded, and mercilessly crushed by an iron-red phalanx.
Over A Barrel: The Phalanx Blood Series Part II
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,900. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
My blood kills cancer. But it does a lot more than that. It makes me a living, walking target to those who want to make me their blood bank and cash cow. So now I'm in hiding until my plans for revenge can come to fruition. But as you'll see, don't trust everyone these days, even those you thought were there to help.
Kidnapped: The Phalanx Blood Series Part I
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,600. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
My blood kills cancer. Yep, you read that right. The big bad C word that scares just about everyone these days. My blood kills it. Dead.
Josh Anvil and the Indomitable Power
Series: Josh Anvil. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 90,000. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The aliens were right: Josh can’t contain his powers. Not anymore, with his subconscious making monsters he doesn’t control. As Earth’s future looks darker with a catastrophic invasion just around the corner, Josh’s world is torn in two.
El octavo deseo de cumpleaños (Spanish Edition)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,410. Language: Spanish. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Finalmente el cumpleaños de Sofía había llegado A partir de hoy su deseo ya no sería negado Era lo único en el mundo que podía desear Ella bailaba y giraba cuando soñaba con cantar...
El séptimo deseo de cumpleaños (Spanish Edition)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,250. Language: Spanish. Published: November 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Poesía juvenil / Libro de imágenes: niños, Edad 6+ El séptimo deseo de cumpleaños es una divertida y mágica historia de cómo Wesley, en su séptimo cumpleaños, elige hacer una diferencia positiva en la vida de otros. Wesley cumple siete años, y en su mundo, puedes tener todo lo que quieras para tu cumpleaños. Él explora nuevos lugares y descubre nuevos amigos y aventuras. ¡Lee la historia para
Josh Anvil And The Cypress Door
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 140,910. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General
Josh Anvil has powers, though how he got them is a mystery. He can make living things just by talking about them, and of course they get him into all kinds of trouble. Schoolmates harass him, the FBI kidnaps him, and something else is out to kill him.
The Eighth Birthday Wish
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,260. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Adventure
Sophia can't sing, but she wants to more than anything. Now it's her eighth birthday, and she braves her way into the cave of the Great Rock Faery, to ask for her wish. But when the Faery does not arrive to meet her, Sophia finds herself faced with the Rock Babies, who want her wish desperately. What will Sophia decide?
Josh Anvil and the Gathering Storm
Series: Josh Anvil. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 76,570. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Back on Earth, Josh faces a global interview disaster, demanding FBI agents, and dangerous teacher clones. Wasn't life supposed to get easier?
The Legend of Skaluni
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,180. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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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: $4.99 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.
The Seventh Birthday Wish
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
A fun, magical story of how a young boy, on his seventh birthday, chooses to make a positive difference in the lives of others, for the best birthday gift of all. This second edition adds new pictures and beauty to a charming tale.
Josh Anvil and the Pivotal Weapon
Series: Josh Anvil, Book 2. Price: $5.99 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
Josh and Troy find themselves in a strange tropical world. It doesn’t take long before they are on the run for their lives. In their attempts to help their friends, Josh and Troy find themselves immersed in a terrible war that has spanned millennia.