Louis Arata


Louis Arata is a longtime resident of Chicago, where he has worked a variety of jobs, including debriefing gang members, building databases, and reconciling million dollar budgets. For fun, he is involved in theatre. His play, A Careful Wish, was first performed in 2008.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
I read Stephen King's Dans Macabre, his examination of the horror genre from the 1950s-1970s, and it got me thinking about what actually scares me -- deep, deep down. I rewatched Night of the Living Dead, which is a brilliantly scary movie, and then shortly after that I saw a more recent Zombie movie which didn't do a lot for me. Zombies are wildly popular, and I considered doing my own take on the genre, but there are other writers who have the talent to mine this territory. So, it was an easy sidestep to consider using Ghouls as the premise, but it wasn't until I thought about someone capitalizing on Ghouls as a new consumer-base that I got that deep, deep down, unsettling feeling. And the book went from there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The joy of discovering. I plot my books to a certain extent, but there is a fair amount of discovery on the way. When I started writing Dead Hungry, Tucker didn't have a brother, but somewhere around chapter 7 or 8, I got stuck, and I went back over what I had written. At that point, Robber was a very minor character, but when I decided to make him Tucker's brother, it opened up a whole new dynamic in the story. Now I can't imagine the story without him.
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Never Land
Price: Free! Words: 2,710. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
When she plays Chopin, Kyong thinks of her fingers as ten individual Olympic athletes. Today, she discovers what it takes to win gold.
Price: Free! Words: 1,440. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
What do you do when your cat starts smoking cigarettes? You stage an intervention.
Dead Hungry
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 136,330. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Flesh: It's What's For Dinner. Ghouls are overrunning Chicago. With an appetite for the dead, it doesn't matter if it's road-kill, bodies from the morgue, or the recently buried. For Tucker Smith, life is now scarier than the horror novels he studies. He soon discovers that low-budget horror movies, reality TV shows, and cultural sensitivity collide with family secrets.

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cat    chicago    chopin    comedy    ghouls    horror    horror action    horror and dark humor    music    olympics    pet   

Smashwords book reviews by Louis Arata

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Nov. 21, 2013

    Incredibly helpful, straight-forward guide to formatting your book for e-publishing. Mark Coker demystifies the quirks of MS Word. By following his careful directions, I've been able to upload my Word documents easily. Also check out his Secrets to Ebook Publishing and Smashwords Book Marketing Guide.