Writer, photographer, social critical artist, musician, and occasional actress, J. Arlene Culiner, was born in New York and raised in Toronto. She has crossed much of Europe on foot, has lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave-dwelling, on a Dutch canal, and in a haunted house on the English moors. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest and, much to local dismay protects all creatures, especially spiders and snakes. She particularly enjoys incorporating into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction, and romances, her experiences in out-of-the-way communities, and her conversations with strange characters.
What inspires you to write?
I love stories. I love telling them and hearing them. I love reading history, and I love learning new things. For me, writing combines research, history, and story-telling. What fun!
Tell us about your writing process.
All my preparatory work is in my head. I can, mentally, work on my ideas for months so that I know what I want to write about, I know my characters and their history. After that, I just have to sit down and write (which is, of course, the hardest part.)
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, I don't. They are characters. I can admire or dislike them, but they remain fictional, and that is also true when I'm working on a biography because we can never really know another person.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are far too many to list, and I keep discovering new authors.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I publish traditionally, through publishers. I need the reassurance that being accepted for publication gives me. I need professional editors working on my books, and I like seeing my name on publisher's lists.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Why should it change? People read books, ebooks, and listen to audiobooks. There's a place for everything.
What genres do you write?
Romance, romantic suspense, mystery, history
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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