Pierre C Arseneault, the youngest of eleven children and grew up in the small town of Rogersville, New Brunswick, Canada. He fulfilled a childhood goal in 2004 and became a published cartoonist. His first published work of fiction was in 2013; a collection of short stories called Dark Tales for Dark Nights; written in collaboration with Angella Cormier. This was followed up by Sleepless Nights, a collection of short stories published in 2014. Pierre currently lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
What's the inspiration behind your newest book?
My last publication was Oakwood Island which was written in collaboration with Angella Cormier. The inspiration for this book came solely from said collaborative partner. In the early days of our friendship, our love of stories and interest in telling some of our own eventually led Angella to create Oakwood Island and some of its cast. She created a series of events in three finely crafted short stories that were deliciously intertwined. Once I read them, I was hooked and after many conversations we joined forces, grew the cast of characters and weaved this into the novel that it is today. Working with someone else is a treat in itself but having them trust you with their creation is amazing and something I’m very proud of.
What are you working on next?
My next book to be published will be my first solo novel and a departure from my usual darker stories. Of course it’s a murder mystery which starts with a body being found; and while the book doesn’t bode well for the entire cast, this story has much levity in its characters and situations. And while this one at the moment is in the hands of my publisher in anticipation of seeing the light of day, I’ve started a new novel which will be a return to my dark side where I will terrorize characters simply because I can. Simply said, I’ve too many ideas and not enough time.
Mysterious things are lurking on Oakwood Island. A young woman shows up at the police station with an unbelievable story of being kidnapped and suffering from a mysterious illness that baffles her doctors. More residents of the island fall victim to the strange disturbances on the island. Some locals hold he answers, but will they be able to save their neighbours, and better yet, do they want to?