Interview with Walter Areinoff

Question: Your profile tells that you were a dentist and then became a bridge teacher. What started you on the path to writing your first ebook
Answer: My daughter presented me with a “Grandfather’s Book”. It consisted of a list of questions followed by spaces in which answers were to be written that would picture the life and times of my generation. But I felt they were the wrong questions and, besides, there wasn’t enough space in which to properly answer them. So I tapped a few keys on my keyboard just to see what would happen and, suddenly, all the memories started to pour out. It was so much fun, I kept on typing, and before I knew it, I had written several pages. I just kept on going.
Question: Your book, “A Voyage Of Self Discovery”, uses the word (or perhaps I should say “expression”) “unincredibelievable”. What’s that all about?
Answer: So many of my experiences, particularly during my army years, were so unbelievably incredible that just using those words separately didn’t feel strong enough to describe them. But when I combined them into one word, it seemed right. It must have resonated, at least in the person who provided Smashwords with the first review of my book. He started it by writing, “A new word has been added to my dictionary…”unincredibelievable.”
Question: It seems as if you started “A Voyage Of Self Discovery” first but published “The Goddess From The Sea” before it. Is that correct?
Answer: Yes, it is. I was halfway through writing “Voyage” when I woke up one morning with a thought that made me chuckle. Would it not be funny if, in the middle of the islands of Polynesia with names like Vaatu’u and Tutuila, there was one named, “Ginsberg”? I mentioned it to my wife, who gets me into all the exciting things of my life, and she said,” Why don’t you write a book about it?” I had written two textbooks on the subject of bridge and was in the middle of writing my memoir, but I had never written a novel before. I thought it might be fun and I would try it. Well, I got so caught up in writing “Goddess” that I never put it down to finish “Voyage” until the second book was completed and published,
Question: Have you ever had any formal education in being an author?
Answer: Not really. I did take a required college course in Freshman English, part of which consisted of writing, but that was all. After I started writing and found it so enjoyable, my wife and I joined a writer’s group at our public library and I learned a great deal there.
Question: What do you think motivates you to write? And what satisfaction do you get out it?
Answer: I’ve always been strongly motivated by the need to feel the world was a better place because I was in it, that I was of value. When I practiced dentistry, that need was easily satisfied. Patients came to me for help and I was there for them. And when I retired and taught classes in bridge, in a smaller way, I felt I was enriching the quality of my students’ lives. So many of them have come back to tell me how much they enjoyed playing and how much bridge has become a part of their social life. And now that I’m writing, I feel strongly that my efforts will bring pleasure to my readers and enable them to escape, if only briefly, the tensions of their daily lives...and that’s good.
Question Is that your only motivation?
Answer: No. I will freely admit that writing has been an ego trip for me. Seeing my name on the cover of a book and knowing that I was the one who wrote all the words behind it, and being happy with what I wrote, gives me great pleasure. Getting approval from the other members of my writer’s group and good reviews from a number of people who have read my books is very exciting, But when one reader told me she was so affected by one part of “Goddess” that she broke into tears,.. I mean, like Wow.
Question: What about a financial motivation?
Answer: When I first started to become involved with Smashwords, I read the Q&A section of their guide book. One of the questions an author had asked was, “Will I make a lot of money publishing with Smashwords?” The answer was quite frank. “Probably not.” But at this stage of my life, that did not faze me. I was much more interested in satisfying my other motivations. I will say, however, that when my first check as an author came from Smahwords through Paypal, it was very exciting. After Paypal extracted its fee, the amount of the check was $9.01. Small but symbolic. My wife copied it before depositing it, framed the copy, and it now hangs on the wall behind my computer next to my framed certificates for becoming a Lifemaster, a certified director, and an accredited teacher.
Question: Can we look forward to any more books?
Answer: Hopefully, if time permits, many of them. Right now, I’m in the process of framing out a sequel to “The Goddess From The Sea”. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.
Published 2014-06-04.
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Books by This Author

A Voyage Of Self Discovery
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 139,620. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers, Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers
My unbelievably incredible adventures as a United States Army dentist in the Pacific theater of World War Two, the path that led to my being there, and how the experiences helped me discover who I am.
The Goddess From The Sea
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 77,420. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Meet Sarah and David, two people from opposite sides of the world. They live in societies whose lifestyles are as far apart as the distance between them. Also, meet a group of barracudas who help them find each other. This is their story, the story of a love that would not be denied. Not by a tsunami, nor a hurricane, nor even by the power of the United States government.