Interview with Omer Arad

Describe your writing process
Well, I must confess I'm a slow writer. Usually, my story begins when I have an idea about a specific imaginary character that interests me and with hope may interest my readers. Then I begin to describe the character. First- how he looks like from the outside. What he feels, his inner emotions, conflicts and thoughts I prefer to leave for the end. (The same as my private acting method). After that, I describe his surrounding. Naturally, I find it much easier to give my character a samiliar surrounding and social background as I do in my private life, but only samiliar because it can never be quite the same. After that, I start raising ideas of how to develop the story around the character. When a certain idea seems right for me, or challenging, I start to write, and develop my character during the writing process. At some stage, after I wrote few chapters, I go back to the beginning and rewrite again, changing, reordering and correcting mistakes. Then I continue to write. I made a deal with myself: I love to write a full novel and end it some day, but I have one important rule: Never write a boring chapter (in my perspective). As long as I'm interested in the book, the writing process will continue. That's a big challenge, because it makes me think over and over about new ideas, argue with myself which is better, is it make any sense? (Even in a fantasy tale, I'm trying the best as I can to bring some realism into it, so that it will feel real for the readers. If I succeed or not, I'm not always sure) Is it a good or a bad idea? What are the consequences of my character's actions? And so on.. I admit, it makes me take long brakes sometimes, until I feel that it's the right time to write again. During the breaks, I read a lot and try to improve my English and my story telling. I admit I need a lot of feedback from you readers, so if you can direct me by giving criticism, it will help me a lot:) Hope you'll enjoy my work
When did you first start writing?
When did you first start writing?

When I was 6 years old, even before I knew how to write, I used to dictate to my parents my first short simple stories that crossed my mind. When I was 11, I started to write fiction. That used to be partly my own original ideas that included: A tale about a lonely kid in a summer vacation spent at his half crazed uncles, a space tale named: "Oblibo" and more, partly my own version of other writers works or just retelling a film I saw and liked in my own words. A year later, I progressed and improved my short original stories, most of them were thrillers, one of them: "The two instincts of Beni" I made into a home movie two years later. At the age of 13 I started to write poetry, and a year later I started to work on a novel by the name of: "Velnodbil Lake" which I had never finished.
Describe your desk
My desk is usually a small, brown cafe desk,made of wood, since I love to write in a cafe house, usually in: "Cafe Lechamim" in Haheshmonahim street Tel Aviv, drink coffee and eat a cake or a cookie during writing, honestly it inspires me and helps me to concentrate on my work.
What do you read for pleasure?
I mostly like to read books in the mystery, thriller, horror, fantasy & science fiction genres. So naturally, I'm a big fan of Stephen King's work, love to read him at any time. "The shining" is a real masterpiece I love to read over and over and "Pet Cemetary" of course. I love: 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke, the poetic: "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley. I read as a teenager: "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo and fell for it until today, a remarkable work of art, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" as well. And I won't skip on the Shakespearian: "Hamlet" and "Romeo and Juliet", my favorite works of Shakespeare.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is the ability to create a world that comes out directly from my live imagination, without the need to reduce it (like in directing low budget films for example) but just describe it with no limits, fill my characters with thoughts and emotions, endear them to the readers, and determine their life story and fate, the way I could never really write my own life, that's what makes it a real fun.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean a great dill to me. They drive me to work on my fiction. My work is dedicated for them, for their pleasure and fun. Whatever I do, whether it's films, blogs, performing as an actor, or in this case: writing books, I'm doing that to please and (in great hope) to enrich the world of the people out there who love me and give me feedback.
Published 2016-12-28.
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