I shall be engaging in a number of interviews with independent authors. May you find these informative, entertaining, and perhaps even inspiring to go out and locate their books!
This interview is with author Arlene Radasky.
Dear Arlene, can you offer us a little insight into who you are?
Hi, I am Arlene Radasky. I am having a hard time figuring out just what side of you to show here.
Being an avid reader, my imagination runs wild all the time. When I am at the gym or airport waiting area, I invent lives for people around me. I am sure they would be surprised a what I am having them do. To me, the most interesting part about learning about people, is imagining them doing the everyday things like displaying emotions and completeing daily chores.
I love history. I love the future. I want to live to be 100 years old so I can see what happens in the computer world. I would love to travel back to 3000BC to Durham Wall and see what really happened there.
I am a wife, mother and grandmother. I am a writer and poet. I am a Hospice volunteer. I am a friend.
I am many things.
What is the reason that you started writing? When did you start writing?
A man gave his life almost 2000 years ago voluntarily, was buried in a bog, discovered in the 21st century by a farmer, and two archeologist wrote their theory about him and his times. I read it and he came to life in front of me. He told me to write his life story. I had no choice.
I did not start writing until about 2004. I wrote a few short exercises for a writing forum and then started my novel., The Fox and finished in 2007.
Are you writing under a pen-name, do you use your own, or is your work out in both ways?
I use my name. I suppose in this eworld of information, anyone could find out who is behind a pen name, but I use my name. I write in several formats and genres, some of my work is very dark, but I never thought of using a name other than mine. I have grown so comfortable with it over these many years, I guess.
If you have published one book so far, what aspect of it do you like best?
Truth. I will not allow anything into my novels that could not have happened at that time. Years of research allow me to make this promise. And the fact that all my work except a poem and a short story can be found and read for free. Those two items are in anthologies to make money for non-profits.
Naturally, after the best book, what is your worst, if there is one? And why do you feel that way?
The book I am working on now is not my worst, but the fact that it has taken me this long to get it finished does not make me happy.
How do you think your writing has changed over time? Did it change at all?
Yes, I guess my writing has become much fuller and yet spontanious.
And can you say that writing has changed you?
I can see my book in front of me, an accomplishment that my grandsons and future generations will read and talk about. We all want to be remembered somehow, when we are gone. My main charactor asked that of me. I have done that. Now we are both complete. Now I write for the joy.
What is the most daring thing you ever did or tried in your writing? In which book did that happen?
I wrote a song sung by a man 2000 years ago. A poem. In The Fox.
And, if your feel up to it, what is the most daring thing you ever did in your life? Feel free to skip this one, not everybody is up to revealing much about themselves…
I asked a fellow artist, a singer and songwriter in New Zealand, if I could use his music for my recorded book. I give that recorded book away, also. His music inpired me many times during the writing of The Fox. I was wonder-struck when he said yes.
Also hitting the “publish” button on the first website I uploaded The Fox for the public to read.
Is there something you still want to have a go at, in your writing life? Is there a challenge you envision that’s worth pursuing?
I have dreamt about an epic poem. But who knows……….
Has your writing ever been compared to the writing of another (perhaps even famous) writer/author? And do you like that?
Clan of the Cave Bears Series author Jean M. Auel is my favorite.
Do you have one or two favourite books (written by someone else)? If so, what are they, and why do they appeal to you so much?
The most recent one is The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. The idea of an elderly woman in a pink sweater timelessly waiting for her soul-mate, fascinated me.
Which book you ever read would you label as least readable book, so far? Feel free to comment as liberally as you want to the why.
I have learned something from everything I have read, whether I could finish it or not.
Is there a book that you know of that should never have been published, in your opinion?
None, freedom of speech is sacred to me, even evil speech. We have the choice not to read it.
Is there a writer that you would love to co-write a book with? And what genre would you like to write in then? Something you’re familiar with?
Co-writing with someone has been a dream for a long time. I tried a short story with a friend, also a writer and it was difficult. I did not want to hurt her feelings. However, my daughter is a natural writer and I would love to co-write with her. Maybe after my grandson grows a bit more.
Let’s see… is there something in the realm of ‘wise words’ you once picked up that you would like to share? This does not have to be limited to writing, there is more to life than writing. At least, I heard there is. 😉
Pride in ourselves is important, but not to the point of sacrificing the good in ourselves. (my words)
And as a last question, what is cooking with you? What’s your work in progress? Is there a tip of a veil that you can lift for us?
I usually have something in mind, something being worked on. However the biggest item on my unfinished tray, is my second novel, Sea Hawk. It is about a woman who lived 5500 years ago. She is beginning to haunt my dreams, and I need to finish telling her story.
If there is anything else you would like to share, for example a thought, some promotion for your book(s), then here’s your chance!
My website at www.radasky.com will tell you where to go to find The Fox, downloadable free into any reader and where to find the recorded version for listening. I also post my short stories and poetry in the blog area when I decide to post them. The Fox is also available in the print version at Amazon.
Thank you, Arlene, for your time, and for sharing your words with us!