Talkshow Thursday: Welcome back, Alice Arenz!
Linda: Welcome back! You’ve got two new books out which is exciting. Dark of Night seems like a story that could have been torn from the headlines. Where did you get your inspiration? Any chance it’s based on a true story?
Alice: Hi, Linda. Thanks for inviting me to join you. The story is total fiction—based on inspiration from God and my imagination. And, a correction here. Dark of Night is my only new book—for the Kindle ebook, my publisher attached the one-liner “Where nightmares become reality.” But the ebook and print are the same.
I pray a lot before beginning a project and then wait to hear an answer. First, I heard the title. Next came the lead character’s name and just a bit of the scenario. It’s a process that sometimes takes a little longer than I’d like and, at others, hits me all at once. Maybe it depends on how much I’m really listening. I’m not sure.
LM: How do you come up with your characters?
Alice: Once again I have to say it’s prayer—and a mixture of what comes about organically as I write. As a seat-of-the-pants writer, I never know what’s going to happen until I’m in the middle of something. Even then I don’t know the specifics and end up spending a lot of time asking questions on the computer and to members of ACFW loops.
LM: If Dark of Night were made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
Alice: Wow. This is a question I can’t really answer. It would be awesome to have that happen, but I wouldn’t have the first idea who would be good in the roles. I’m just not up on the latest actors and actresses. Other than watching movies now and again on the Hallmark channels, I’m at a loss.
LM: Did any of your characters do anything surprising while you were writing the book?
Alice: All of them. Constantly! As a pantster, I never really know what’s going to happen next. God reveals enough to get me from one point to the next—especially when I need to research something. But, that only gives me a generalized idea. I mean, there have been times I’ve been “urged” to research something that doesn’t even end up in the current story. All this to say that it’s exciting when the characters suddenly divert from the direction I thought they were going.
LM: Here are some quickies:
Dinner or dessert? Dinner
Walking or driving? For now, driving
Dog or cat? Cats
LM: What is your next project?
Alice: I’ve started working on a Christmas book/novella. I’m hoping it will be a romantic comedy. But, since I never really know. . .
LM: Where can folks find you on the web?
Alice: My web site is www.akawriter.com. Unfortunately, the computer and program I used to update it, quit working—broke my heart! As a result, the site hasn’t been updated with DARK. 😢
About the book: Determined to get justice for the brutal murders of her parents twenty years ago, Kelsey Carol returns to the scene of the crime—Seaton, Missouri. But what she quickly learns is that every clue brings more questions than answers. And, nightmares really do come true.
Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2Rfz3Zi