Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE UNDER-APPRECIATED NOVEL?
Armanis Ar-feinial: The Lord of the Rings is entering that “Classic” stage where it is becoming underappreciated.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU BALANCE MAKING DEMANDS ON THE READER WITH TAKING CARE OF THE READER?
Armanis Ar-feinial: Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of care and the market moving towards realism of late, one of the reasons why Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy is very popular is because of its approach to realism in the text. I tend to write very fluidly and simply, but when it comes to dialogue is when I really shine, especially when I’m shooting for realism to incorporate the views of the speaker, and how real and how raw that can feel.
Romelia: AS A WRITER, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE AS YOUR MASCOT/AVATAR/SPIRIT ANIMAL?
Armanis Ar-feinial: The Lone Wolf. I’ve always been a loner, and in this time of pandemic, working from home, why I couldn’t ask for anything better, but what I will say is, when this is over, continue to maintain six feet away from me.
Romelia: WHAT DO YOU OWE THE REAL PEOPLE UPON WHOM YOU BASE YOUR CHARACTERS?
Armanis Ar-feinial: Anything I’ve published I wouldn’t have based it off real characters as much as ideas. In a book I’m currently working on, many of the personalities of close friends at Park Street Church make up the characters of the novel, both minor and major characters. I owe them appreciation for being a friend when I was looking for one, and inviting the anti-social one out for social events despite me being way out of place.
Romelia: HOW MANY UNPUBLISHED AND HALF-FINISHED BOOKS DO YOU HAVE?
Armanis Ar-feinial: I have three published novels: The Secrets of Terra Silenti, The Covenant, and The Desecration of the World, all of which are high and dark fantasy. I have a novella and an Urban fantasy novel coming out this year, times to be announced, and two other tomes to be completed sometime next year. The Urban fantasy novel at over 95,000 words took me 2.5 weeks to write the first draft.
Romelia: WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO MARKET YOUR BOOKS?
Armanis Ar-feinial: The most important thing is, I want my stories to resonate with people, and it will be the case once people start picking these books up, and some of them will resonate with different readers. I’m a very diverse author.
Romelia: WHAT KIND OF RESEARCH DO YOU DO, AND HOW LONG DO YOU SPEND RESEARCHING BEFORE BEGINNING A BOOK?
Armanis Ar-feinial: That really is going to depend on what I’m writing most of the time. My high fantasy took some but not a lot of research as much as it was prep work which takes some time to do an outline. My Urban fantasy novel took me 2 weeks of outlining before I felt comfortable starting it. The novel City of Dreams, most likely a 2022 release, took a lot of research and a ton of writing.
Romelia: DO YOU VIEW WRITING AS A KING OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICE?
Armanis Ar-feinial: I don’t view writing as a spiritual practice as much as it is something I like doing.
Romelia: WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT WRITING CHARACTERS FROM THE OPPOSITE SEX?
Armanis Ar-feinial: Obviously getting in their head unless you want to be cliché and pull a bunch of Mary sues and gossip messes. A lot of it can be accomplished I’ve found is, think of a fictional character, doesn’t matter the medium, that closely resembles what you want this character to act and behave like, and then write something similar to that character. Maybe they’re the exact same person! Maybe one of them is missing a leg. I don’t know. I’m going to have a lot of paperwork.
Romelia: HOW LONG WERE YOU A PART-TIME WRITER BEFORE YOU BECOME A FULL-TIME ONE?
Armanis Ar-feinial: Well I am still a part time writer as I still work full time in an insurance company.
Romelia: HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO YOU WRITE?
Armanis Ar-feinial: This depends on what is going on. It isn’t unusual for me to spend 5 hours writing in a day, some days I’ll get fifteen. Right now I’m not doing a ton of writing because I’m getting ready for a new release.
Romelia: WHAT PERIOD OF YOUR LIFE DO YOU FIND YOU WRITE ABOUT MOST OFTEN? (CHILD, TEENAGER, YOUNG ADULT)
Armanis Ar-feinial: This is a non fiction question that I have no intention on writing about it, although, the period of my life that would be most entertaining if not tragic to read would be my young adult life, thinking in terms of literature being 14-18. I moved a lot when I was young for a variety of different reasons.
Romelia: HAVE YOU READ ANYTHING THAT MADE YOU THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT FICTION?
Armanis Ar-feinial: Reading no. But I do deal with a lot of book tubers that provide excellent feedback from a readers perspective.
Romelia: WHAT ARE THE ETHICS OF WRITING ABOUT HISTORICAL FIGURES?
Armanis Ar-feinial: If you’re writing historical fiction, stay as close to the real thing as you possibly can. If biographical, it is imperative it is done absolutely correctly. If you’re doing some fan fic of the past like when Abe Lincoln was a vampire slayer, I don’t have a problem with it as long as the relationships were what they were. Like you couldn’t have Stalin be married to Eleanor Roosevelt for example.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU SELECT THE NAMES OF YOUR CHARACTERS?
Armanis Ar-feinial: Sometimes I just use random name selections via letter sequences, and figure out word patterns for different cultures. Sometimes I’ll go into a year book and mix and match names.
Romelia: DO YOU READ YOUR BOOK REVIEWS? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH BAD OR GOOD ONES?
Armanis Ar-feinial: Well, I don’t have many reviews but the ones that are there are positive. I look at them as critique, what could I improve upon or do I need to make adjustments for the bad reviews.
Romelia: DO YOU HIDE ANY SECRETS IN YOUR BOOKS THAT ONLY A FEW PEOPLE WILL FIND?
Armanis Ar-feinial: There’s some in there.
Romelia: WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST SCENE TO WRITE?
Armanis Ar-feinial: The hardest scene for me to write was one that took several weeks, and almost each time I went to it, I would have to step away for a couple of days at a time because the scene itself was depressing. This is in the City of Dreams.
Romelia: DO YOU GOOLE YOURSELF?
Armanis Ar-feinial: Why? What would I expect to find?
Romelia: WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU GIVE UP TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER?
Armanis Ar-feinial: Work. Haha. But that hasn’t happened yet. Honestly if I could go on a hiatus for a year, that would be great but I can’t. I have many stories in my head, and many of them are complex that takes time to write.
Romelia: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY JOURNALS?
Armanis Ar-feinial: I like to go to the writer’s digest from time to time. But as far as anything market or up to date information, I tend to rely on booktubers.
Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK?
Armanis Ar-feinial: The Story of David and Goliath. You too can slay monsters with stone. Or at least a slightly worn out sling.
Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.
Armanis Ar-feinial: I worked in a restaurant for years. I was working as a bar waiter and returned home at 2:00 AM. I was hungry and didn’t feel like making anything. My cousin was home and playing video games, I think it was elder scrolls online, and he was in the living room. For the past several days, my great grandmother was cooking for us and she would always have pudding portioned out in small glass containers per serving and coated it in plastic wrap. So, anyway, I went into the kitchen and pulled out a cup of pudding, tore the plastic wrap off and topped it with pudding. Granted, I’m exhausted and this is 2:00 AM. I go into the living room to chat with my cousin as I start to eat the pudding. The pudding is salty. I take another bite, continue this conversation. I’m thinking, maybe this has something to do with the chips and salsa I had maybe 30 minutes ago at the restaurant. I go into the kitchen and put more whipped cream on it. I go back into the living room and take another bite, and say, “This pudding is awful.” My cousins says, “Wait, what are you eating?” I reply, “Granny’s pudding”.
It wasn’t pudding. It was solidified, hard, gravy.
Romelia: DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A FEW SENTENCES. TELL US SOMETHING WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU AND SOMETHING YOU HATE ABOUT THE WORLD.
Armanis Ar-feinial: Well I pride myself on being sarcastic and quick witted. I have a diverse academic background in social science, literature and I have recently dabbled in some finance. What do I hate about the world? There are lots of injustices out there that goes unpunished. You really need not look further than the U.S.A as we are filled with injustices even if you consider or don’t consider the injustice that was out last POTUS, there is plenty of it from how certain state governments are run, some companies exploiting their employees for extra work, student debt, lack of appropriate getting ready for the work life: why aren’t we telling kids about trade schools? And then there is a hidden epidemic, of human trafficking that no one seems to care about. The list goes on and on.