Mother of two grown daughters and grandmother of four, A.K. Arenz has been writing since she was a child. She's a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and was a 2009 ACFW Book of the Year Finalist in the Mystery Category for her first novel The Case of the Bouncing Grandma. Her recent release, The Case of the Mystified M.D., is the second in the Bouncing Grandma Mystery Series.
A.K. lives in Missouri with her husband and two Himalayn cats.
And now it's time to Take 5 with A.K. Arenz
Q: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
A: I’d have to say a big YES to this one. When I wasn’t making up stories to entertain family and friends when I was small, I was acting them out with my dolls. By the time I was twelve, I’d already written several “novels” – at least that’s what I considered them.
Q: How do you come up with your story ideas?
A: I don’t believe that I’m the one who “comes up” with the premise for any story I’ve ever written. The process usually begins with a person’s name or a situation – and that just sort of pops into my head. Even when I actually sit down and begin to write I don’t know what’s going to happen next. When I’ve tried to figure this out in advance, it’s a disaster: too much of me in the writing and not enough of the One who has inspired it.
Q: How does your faith impact your writing?
A: Without God’s direction, I honestly feel I wouldn’t be able to put two words together and have them make sense.
Q: How do you deal with writer’s block?
A: I throw things around, act really nasty and . . . seriously, it’s a very frustrating thing. I’m sure I get irritable, which I hate and which I’m certain makes things even worse. If I can just remember to stay calm and to listen --- especially when I’m in the shower, as that’s where most ideas seem to pop out and germinate --- anyway, if I can remember to listen and relax, the block will pass.
Q: What does your family think about your crazy career?
A: I’ve been trying to attain publication since my grown daughters were wee little things. You’d think they would resent all the time and effort that was expended, but they don’t. They, along with my husband, are my biggest supporters. I couldn’t do it without them.
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