Wednesday, May 30, 2007

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Michael A. Arnzen

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
The Schwa E.


2. Tell me about your travels.
I've been to hell. The handbasket came in handy, actually, when I tried to escape.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Nothing against tea or milk, but coffee packs the strongest punch. And I do like it rough.


4. What else can you do besides write?
Hint taken.


5. Who are you, reading right now?
Who am I, not to?


6. Pop culture or academia?
The difference is academic.


7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
The opening section to Grave Markings. The disc failed and I had to rewrite it from memory FOUR TIMES. But a lot of people tell me it's the best opening to a book they ever read. Hmm...maybe I should rewrite more often?


8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
They're usually hiding in the closet. Biting their nails. Eye-balling me. Cowering.


9. Food you could eat everyday.
Plastic, not so much.
[Okay, seriously: Turtle Chocolate Chex Mix! Washed down with gallons upon gallons of coffee!]


10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
Okay, okay... I'll promise to slow down on the Turtle Chocolate Chex Mix!


11. What kind of music speaks to you?
The backmasked kind.


12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I lay in the backseat, with my feet out the window, asking if we're there yet.


13. Celebrity crush.
Celebrity die.


14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
The bank tellers.


15. Do you still watch cartoons?
The question is: are they still watching me?


Award winning author and writing professor Michael Arnzen was born in Amityville, NY -- hometown of the infamous horror house. After a brief stint in the US Army overseas, where he began writing horror stories to entertain his fellow soldiers, he moved to Colorado where he launched his career in publishing to much success. By the mid-nineties he received the coveted Bram Stoker Award -- the highest accolade in the horror genre -- for his first novel, Grave Markings. Shortly thereafter, he went on to earn a Master's degree while working on his second novel, soon followed by his Ph.D. in English at the University of Oregon, where he studied the role of horror and nostalgia in 20th century culture in a dissertation called The Popular Uncanny, which will be released soon through Guide Dog Books.

Arnzen now lives near Pittsburgh with his wife and cats. He is an Associate Professor of English with tenure at Seton Hill University, where he teaches in an innovative Master's degree program in Writing Popular Fiction. His latest novel is Play Dead, published by Raw Dog Screaming Press.
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Audiovile, a collection of Arnzen's works set to music, and the harcover edition of his popular 100 Jolts will be available this month, also through Raw Dog Screaming Press.
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His blog Gorelets.com now features a full bibliography and publication history, with free excerpts and more.

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