Interview with Dimak Arsenic

What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a Saga I've aptly named Terras Irradient: it's a horror-fantasy book inspired by other books, personal experiences and well, video games. I want it to be grim and up-beat and funny at the dame time (if that's possible) and of course add some love affairs to the whole thing — but nothing too tragic or twilight-esque.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors... hmmm? There are so many great authors out there it's really hard to choose but if I had to narrow it down I'd say Marisha Pessl because she's witty and uber intelligent and she actually changed my life with her books in a very unexpected and unforeseen way. Needless to say I'm in love with her and her writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play video games, watch Japanese ludicros animation and go to my day-job. Awesoem, I know, right?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I honestly don't, although I would really love to...
What is your writing process?
I think a lot... and drink plenty of tea/coffee plus eat chocolate. It really helps, but I also discovered that you can't force a story: it has to be natural. The best thing to happen to an author is to have thing happening to them since it develops something very special in you, so instead of reading all day long go out and do things from time to time
How do you approach cover design?
A cover design has to reflect what the book is about, it can be something mundane and simply like one of those 80's-90's thriller covers that bore the title and a knife covered in blood, or something more dramatic like a girl about to jump off a cliff while wearing a very ruffled dressed and a head full of salon treated hair. In all honesty I think that the cover has to be intriguing, maybe a bit cynical or ironic, cleverness is very hard to come by.
What do you read for pleasure?
I used to read wwwwaaaayyyy too much YA, it's a dumbed down guilty pleasure that I eventually neglected since it got extremely boring and way too predictable: you read one you read them all. I try to read a bit of everything, don't have a genre I prefer anymore, as long as it's good and ingenious I love it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Mac
Describe your desk
It's messy and forever buried under notebooks, mugs, my PS3, TV and Hello Kitty plush... oh, and books
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Ukraine and around the age of seven my family moved to Israel. I had a good childhood so I can't complain, spent my days hanging out with friends, reading and consuming too much day time TV. Growing up in Israel had it's upsides and downsides since on one hand you live in a place that's politically, religiously and socially divided, but on the other hand I wouldn't want to grow up anywhere else since it made me the person I am today and taught me how to be tough. My stories are inspired mostly by things that I have experienced in Israel, since it was so unique and profound for me.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at a very young age, I think nine... maybe, I don't know... Hard to remember, but writing was always part of my life, at every stage: it's a shlter, a passion and my first and greatest love
Published 2014-08-17.
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