Saturday 10 September 2011


1. What is your name, where were you born and where do you live now?

My name is Joel Arnold. I was born in a small town in Minnesota, USA, called Pipestone – it’s where Native Americans quarry the stone that is used in peace-pipes! I grew up in Rochester, Minnesota (home of the Mayo Clinic) and now live in a town called Savage (also in Minnesota.)

2. What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarise it in less than 20 words what would you say

Snow Burn – Two teens go winter camping and discover the man they rescue from freezing to death is a dangerous escaped convict.

3. Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?

I’m always working on a new book! Snow Burn, however, is not part of a series.

4. How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write? 

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Fell in love with it when I won a writing contest in the 2nd grade, where first prize was lunch out with my teacher.

5. Do you gift books to readers to do reviews?

Yes, I do on occasion.

6. Have you ever based characters on people you know or based events on things that have happened to you?

Sometimes. In fact, the personality of the character of Vince in Snow Burn is based on a childhood friend of mine.

7. Is there a certain Author that influenced you in writing? 

I read a lot as a kid, so have a lot of influences, but probably the most influential has been Stephen King. I read him voraciously in high school.

8. What is your favourite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?

My favourite book is probably Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. It’s such a wonderfully written book – great characters, great plot – I loved it! I’ve only read it once, though.

9. Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favourite/worst  book to movie transfer?

Some do, some don’t. It depends on so many factors – the screenplay adaptation, the cast and crew... Take Stephen King, for example; some of the movies based on his work are great, like Shawshank Redemption, Misery and The Shining. Others are not so great. Dreamcatcher comes to mind (although I personally didn’t find it as bad as many critics did.)

10. What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it? What format is it?(ebook, hardback or paperback)

I’m reading a sci-fi classic, Earth Abides, by George Stewart on my Kindle.

11. What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?

Grow a thick skin and don’t expect to get rich. If you love to write, then write. Also, writing takes a long time to do well – don’t expect to write a masterpiece out of the gate!

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Thanks for the opportunity!

Best wishes,

Joel Arnold

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