NOVEL INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD ARBIB. #books, #author #interviews.
- Richard, could you please tell about yourself? Where you grew up, the places you lived, your family and your current place of living?
I was born in New York City, later lived as a teenager in Squaw Valley (site of the 1960 Winter Olympics). Studied at San Francisco State University where I received a master’s degree in English and creative writing. Now living in Reno, Nevada. I’m single and my ideal woman would be Sylvia, the female character in my novel, The Vampire Girl Next Door.
- What kind of person are you?
I’m similar in many ways to Mark, the narrator of my novel. The character and I both were students at San Francisco State University, both exercised at Gold’s Gym, both practiced Wing Chun kung fu. But none of the events in the novel happened to me. I’ve never had a girlfriend who was a vampire. While it’s probably obvious to many that the character Mark is similar to me in some ways, it’s also true of the character Sylvia. Like her, I enjoy art and music. While I can’t play the harpsichord and she does, I appreciate the music on the harpsichord. Sylvia is involved in the practice of magic and I have always had an interest in magic and the supernatural dating all the way back to the 1970s and 1980s when I learned and practiced magic with others.
- Could you please tell from where comes your inspiration for writing?
As to where the inspiration for my novel came from, I was influenced by three stories I read in 1978: “Clarimonde,” by Theophile Gautier (1836), “Carmilla,” by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu (1871), and “The Spider,” by Hans Heinz Ewers (1915). All three have beautiful female vampires who are seductive, seemingly sweet and innocent, yet dangerous. All three are narrated by the actual victim, who has fallen under the spell of the alluring vampire.
- What is your book is about? Why do you write?
Here is my short description of my novel:
When Mark first meets Sylvia, he tells her, “You’re the girl of my dreams!”
Sylvia smiles and responds with a warning—“Be careful what you wish for.”
My novel would be categorized as paranormal romance. I like reading stories in that genre. I like writing them because I can create the outcome. When Mark tells Sylvia that he saw her in his dreams, she replies, “Freud would call this wish fulfillment.” I think I created Sylvia and the romance of the two characters because it was something I wanted to experience .
Right now, I’m rewriting the original draft of the sequel to The Vampire Girl Next Door. While the first novel was set in San Francisco, the sequel moves the location to Sylvia’s home in London. After the sequel, there may be a third novel in the series. After that, I will probably write another paranormal romance, but with a ghost instead of a vampire.
- What are your hobbies?
I enjoy art museums, plays, book discussions, photography, but also athletic activities such as bicycling, going to
the gym, martial arts, and ice-skating (racing).