Joel Arnold

Joel Arnold
Northwoods Deep

Q: How did you come up with your story?
For some reason, there was this image of an old man creeping up a set of wooden stairs, through a trap door, and into a decrepit cabin, that I couldn’t get out of my head. This image stayed with me, and eventually a story developed around it. Also, a lot of the story is a bit of an homage to the Brother Grimm’s Hansel & Gretel story, as well to Native American tales of the Maymaygwayshi.

Q: Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
In the second grade, I won a writing contest in which the prize was lunch at the local A&W with my teacher. I’ve been hooked ever since! My parents – both elementary school librarians before they retired – always encouraged my creative side, too.

Q: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? Why?
If I weren’t a writer, I would have probably been a social anthropologist, which was my major in college.

Q: Favorite genres to read?
Bio. and Memoirs, History/Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Noir, Sci Fi/Fantasy.

Q: What are your pet peeves?
It kind of drives me nuts when people throw their cigarette butts out of their car window! That’s what your ashtray is for!

Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
I collect old manual typewriters.

Q: Where else can we find you, other titles, or anything else you’d like to share?
I have a few short story collections out there, as well as another novel. You can check out my Amazon author’s page here:


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