Interview with M. Arbon

Published 2018-03-04.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's fun! I enjoy the thrill of finding out what happens, and also finding the right words and shape for the story in my head.
What is your writing process?
Notice a thing. Make a note about the fact that it exists. Notice another thing. Read more about the things. Ignore them for a while in favour of other things. Have new ideas relating to the things at inconvenient times. Ask myself, But what if Thing 3? Wait for the things to blossom in my brain as an entirely new and different Story Thing. Walk around thinking about the Story Thing all day for weeks. Convert the Story Thing into an actual story 200-500 words at a time on evenings and weekends. Read story over ten thousand times and tweak it until I can tweak no more. Send it out into the world with pride and trepidation. Repeat forever.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but I was starting and abandoning them for a long time, into adolescence, before I figured out how to follow them through to the end. From listening to other authors, that's not uncommon. I think our experience of how stories feel in our heads--worldbuilding and character and emotion--comes first for many of us.
Describe your desk
I write on my bed, using a complicated array of lap desk, pillows and makeshift backrest, surrounded by file folders and cats, and able to look out the window at trees when I need to think.
Who are your favorite authors?
KJ Charles, Lois McMaster Bujold, Melissa Scott, Tanya Huff, Sarah Monette / Katherine Addison, Ellen Kushner, Robin Hobb. All writers who create believable characters negotiating complicated situations in complex worlds.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, baking bread, playing silly phone games, and taking long walks while listening to music.
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Books by This Author

An Unexpected Stay In Highbridge Town
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,160. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A short story about probability, friendship, magic, sex, and tea. -It's literally a travelling circus -Is something weird happening? -Magic made them do it -Something weird is definitely happening This 5,000-word story was previously published in Shousetsu Bang Bang.
A Beginner's Guide to Stealing Home
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,330. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
-Arthur Wu is a knitting nerd whose family thinks he works in tech support -his kinda sorta boyfriend Colin is a total slacker, man -it's a summer fling -Arthur's awesome grandmother is awesome -so are his sisters -there's a whole lot of knitting This 10,000-word story was previously published in Shousetsu Bang*Bang.
I Am the One Who Has You Now
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,290. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Struggling with the "long-term" part of "long-term relationship," Cai attends a party where he evades his partner, bitches to his best friend, makes the same resolution for the dozenth time, and has an intimate encounter with someone who may or may not be a mysterious stranger. Contents include: LTR ennui, Christmas lights, and the best holiday party you've ever been to.
A Chain of Beads
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,050. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Goodman Stone fled tragedy at home to build a new life doing odd jobs at a school in Frael. When one of the students does something unthinkable, Stone comes to his aid. He is helped by schoolmaster Caerel, and as the relationship between the two men deepens, Stone contemplates a decision that will once again reshape the life he's strung together.
Cup of Tea
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,040. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
"I'm not being mysterious on purpose," Russell said apologetically. "It's just, it's a somewhat...special collection." Arriving at Russell's house to assess a collection of Victorian photographs, Allan finds a cozy welcome, an unexpected rapport—and some very interesting subject matter. This 6,000-word short story was previously published in Shousetsu Bang*Bang.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,650. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Introverted Lewis needs to increase his Social score for a shot at his dream job. So he hires Cam to pose his boyfriend. Lewis isn't interested in a real relationship, and he takes steps to ensure that the liaison remains purely for show. Cam can't touch Lewis, but that doesn't mean he can't have opinions about the situation...