Interview with Arwen Chandler

What are you working on next?
The Militarian Job. It's a prequel to The Louvre Still Stands. It is the story of how Gwyn and Adrik meet. It's a science-fiction thriller. I am loving it!
Who are your favorite authors?
JK Rowling, Christopher Paolini, Stephanie Meyer, Victoria Roth, Suzanne Collins, Stephen King, Lynn Nodima
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love watching movies and binge watching shows online. I also love to paint. :)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually I get suggestions from friends, or people I know. Also, if I like a movie, I almost always find the book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was in third grade. It was called, Sandy and the Dragon.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story; however, I was given a set of abridged classic novels when I was about nine, and I loved them. I read Poe, Doyle, and Dickens. I still love the classics!
How do you approach cover design?
Currently, I play with designing my own covers. I love art, and to me cover design is an artistic release. I love learning new skills, and finding just the right picture or font.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Bible: I believe it to be the most important book in the world.
Uncle Tom's Cabin: Heart-wrenching and important culturally.
Dracula: It has been my go to book for years. I love it.
Harry Potter Books: Iconic!
Anything Written by Stephanie Meyer
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mostly YA novels. Fantasy and Mystery/Thriller are my two favorite genres.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on a Kindle Fire. I love it!!!
Describe your desk
A lap desk that holds my laptop, hard drive, Kindle, and a hubman. I usually sit in my living room recliner and immerse myself in my writing while my hubs watches television. (Sounds weird I know, but I like to be there if he needs me. He had a stroke a year ago.) When I need quiet, I put on my headphones and my sock monkey hat.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent my young years in Central Texas, but I have lived all over the south, east coast and mid-west. I think this has allowed me to expand my understanding of different people and cultures. I think this understanding helps me to write more realistic characters.
When did you first start writing?
9 years old. I started writing poetry. Only in the last few years have I started writing fiction.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Collision of Fire and Ice is heavily influenced by family research. One day, I found that my husband's clan and mine in Scotland were at war about 400 years ago. This made me wonder, what would "Grandpa" think about us being married? This was the seed, and then it grew into the story I would want to have lived. :)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to be in control of my writing destiny. I have several friends who are published traditionally and they have to spend just as much time marketing, and working as I do. The only real difference that I found, was that where I might make $5 a book, they might make $1. That in itself spoke volumes to me, so I started publishing myself in 2011.
Published 2016-12-25.
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