Interview with Gun Arvidssen

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The joy of life. I am delighted to report that I recently experienced a life-changing epiphany, whose implications are spawning practical distributaries, Mandelbrot-fashion, into my everyday existence. So that's a project which is taking up a huge proportion of my attention span, and motivates me to do all the other things I must. Alongside my inevitable obligations as a father and a husband, each day spurs me with the yearning to fling my spirit as far in the direction of a low Jupiter orbit as I can.
Describe your desk
This one isn't what it used to be. I recently did a massive overhaul of storage space and work areas in my den/studio/office... now all I need to do is find the right places for everything. Which in itself is going to be a wonderful exteriorisation of how I arrange my mind.

But I really should answer the question: my desk is half James Bond, half Takeshi Kovacs. The 'main' area has a timber floorboard desktop with a hidden compartment that holds my 24-track hard drive recorder (true story!) as well as some shelves and drawers.

The 'side desk' is sleek, black and Tron-inspired. Its plywood edges glow with a turquoise wash. It's fully 2400mm wide, but folds down to 1200mm and the legs roll in for recording vocals or acoustic instruments in a sound-isolation area.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It comes as naturally to me as light comes to the eye. I love words so much, their implications, the complicated frameworks with which we string them together to share our souls with one another, to function in life in general... Words are important. Writing is important. I love getting it right. But I suppose the greatest joy of writing, for me, is when someone reads a thing I have written, and their life is a little bit better as a result. That is the greatest reward I can think of.
What do your fans mean to you?
Essential airflow to cool my chassis, which has a thermoregulatory system evolved for colder climates than Sydney's.
Who are your favorite authors?
Philip K. Dick, without peer. If not for the fact I was already five years old when he died, I would swear I was him in my last life. But yeah, unless you want to go >really< deep down the rabbit-hole, the calendar kind of fraks that reincarnation possibility. I could go on for hours about how deeply I identify with him as a human being... but then, you'd be like, 'BORING!' and skip to the next author.

Another favourite is Yamamoto Tsunetomo. Also Sun Tzu. I love T. S. Eliot, Jim Morrison even more, Greg Egan, William Gibson... stream of consciousness much? Hahaha. ^w^
Published 2018-05-11.
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Books by This Author

Purgatory
Price: $2.15 USD. Words: 89,550. Language: Australian English. Published: November 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Purgatory is a dystopian mystery in three acts, with elements of surrealism, horror and science fiction. It describes the protagonist's experiences in an environment he believes to be Hell, although it gradually becomes apparent that his understanding of reality may not be entirely sound.