This installment of my interview series is with Arnold Eigger – a member of the Pontiac & Ottawa Valley Writers’ Circle (POVWC) who is hard at work on the second draft of his debut novel, Return to Chernaya Bay, and is working on a serial called Cedar Lake View on Wattpad. Arnold brings a positive energy, a desire to grow as a writer and a passion for supporting his fellow writer to the POVWC on a regular basis. Please enjoy this interview with Arnold.
1. What was the first thing you ever wrote?
A song when I was sixteen or seventeen. I wrote a full comic book script when I was twenty six. It was only when I was in my forties that I started to write short stories and longer works.
2. Do you remember how you felt after you wrote your first story/poem? And how was it?
As a songwriter, the feeling of achievement is complete when you realise that you make resonate the words you write with a musical theme that really enhances the mood of the text. Emotion is so important in this exercise. In writing literature, it is quite different because your goal is to keep your reader hooked and willing to keep reading. It is also very much structured and emotion is therefore not so desired. However sometimes a specific chapter can evoke emotion with the way the characters bring out personal feelings or experiences.
3. What book(s) are you reading right now?
Patriots by James Wesley Ramles.
4. What was the most recent “great” book that you read?
Angel’s call by Guillaume Musso.
5. What do you love in a book?
Evasion, the fact that you can travel in a different dimension, discover new worlds, be creative in how you visualize what the writer is proposing in his story.
6. What do you dislike in a book?
Unbalanced descriptions which can be so pompous if they don’t serve the plot.
7. What do you like in a poem?
The emotion it can convey. A sense of beauty and purity that words express.
8. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
It happens it is not something you decide.
9. What are your writing goals?
To become better at it and to be published would make me more than happy.
10. Have you any publishing credits? What are they?
Not any yet except for a chapter on Wattap.com. But it does not seem to be a necessity for me.
11. What is a typical writing session like for you? What are your habits?
I try to write 300 words every day and it works well with me, I always write more and it is a very feasible goal that keeps my motivation high and fosters my creativity too.
12. Without spoiling the plot or the intrigue, what are you working on now?
I am writing a fiction story on Wattpad.com titled CEDAR LAKE VIEW. I am writing chapter by chapter and publish it as I go. I have already put the first chapter online. It is the survivalist tale of a family which is escaping a world pandemic and by isolating themselves in remote place of New York State.
13. Off the top of your head, what’s a prompt or technique you would give to a writer experiencing writer’s block who needs something to inspire them?
Use another angle to tell your story. It is what I do when I don’t get inspired, I jump to another part of my story outline and write from there. Using a writing prompt works well for me too, it jumpstarts me and makes me use my imagination.
14. Shakespeare is credited with inventing several words through his writing, one of them being “assassin”. If you could make up one word, what would it be and what would it mean?
I invented Warism which can mean all action and means used and deployed when having a war.