I was born in Owosso, Michigan and grew up in Bancroft, Michigan. Because I grew up in a rural area, I had few friends that I saw every day beyond pets and neighbors. With few resources beyond my imagination, I began to create.
My interests have always been varied. I work in more than one genre, depending on what interests me at the time. Some of my projects:
– Strictly G.I.
Social Engineering (Hiding in Plain Sight)
– Monster Land
– The Magical Murphy Farm series
– Punkin Jim
– The Illiminiers
I have always been an artist who loves to write. I attended Baker College of Owosso where I received degrees in Graphic Communications, Marketing and Graphics. I have been an independent graphic designer for over a decade. In 2012, I received my Masters in Information Assurance.
I founded Arnold Creative (graphic & web design) in 2000 and Marquette Press with my father, William Arnold Sr.(publishing and interactive multimedia) in 2012. I use my abilities not to just release my own books but to design books for other authors.
What inspires you to write?
The books I read as a child are a major inspiration for my writing. I hope to create just some of the magic of those early stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
I create an outline of important events in the story, and I try to stick to it for as long as I can. Many times, the outline changes, because I try to add a plot twist to every story.
When writing non-fiction, I stay as true as possible to the actual events. When I complete the facts, I reserve an area at the end where I can interpret those events from my perspective. After writing Strictly G.I., my grandmother’s WWII memoir based on actual letters; I created a chapter detailing my personal experience with the letters and my grandmother. I had some concern in regard to adding these personal memories. However, I strongly feel that if you had the honor of knowing the person that you are writing about, you shouldn’t hold back if it adds to the memoir. It’s important history.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
In terms of fiction, the first thing that I have in mind is my characters. I usually visualize them in a setting that opens my story. I consider the types of conflicts that they will face, and how they would achieve resolution. I visualize my character’s hopes of where they would like to be at the end of my story, and I try to make it happen.
What advice would you give other writers?
Be ready for criticism of all kinds, because not everyone is going to like your book. While most people are very supportive, some may not appreciate your viewpoint or topic for whatever reason. Fortunately, no two readers are alike, and there is a great deal of helpful criticism out there that can help you improve as a writer. Take the criticism that you can use and leave the rest behind. Another piece of advice I would offer is to take your time and perfect your work. When you’ve done that, be patient. Some of my books have taken years to become appreciated in the marketplace. While I am waiting, I keep working.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first novel, (my grandmother’s WWII memoirs) began as a genealogy project to give as a gift to family members. While transcribing her letters, I began to appreciate the historic value. I thought, hey, this is something of interest for a wider audience. I understood little of my grandmother’s younger years, so I wanted to tell her story in her words. In addition, I wanted to express my pride in her achievements. I was also fortunate enough to have graphic design skills that I could use to produce my books. I was already building large scale websites, so I was nostalgic to illustrate and design print books. Some of the options out there to help do-it-yourself authors were very helpful.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that publishing is heading in the right direction. When I was younger, the understanding was that if you couldn’t sign on with a publisher, your work would never be read. There seemed to be a wall between written works and the public. This wall is dismantling as more independent authors enter the market, and I think it’s a good thing for authors and publishers. A story that never would have been seen because of red tape is available to all. Of course, I am excited about that.
What genres do you write?
fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, memoirs
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print