Interview with Arwen Paris, Author of Relic Bounty

05 Jan 2021

What can you tell us about your new release, Relic Bounty?

Relic Bounty is the first book in my new Sci-fi space adventure Relic Legacy. I think fans of Firefly and Star Wars would really enjoy this series. It follows a bounty hunter, Janis Torzen, a man that’s run his life into a dead end. He’s given a delicate assassination job on the desert planet Urrak that turns into an escalating disaster that drags our hero through all sorts of danger. It hones his self centered awareness in a way that makes the smart-mouthed archeologist, Everell, into the new focus of his decisions.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My coworker, Tina, was an aspiring author and she belonged to a local writers group. That chapter was part of Romance Writers of America, and even though at the time I had no interest in writing romance they accepted me with open arms. I wrote, revised, studied, and went to national events where I learned from many amazing authors. I refused to give up and let my investment in myself go to waste. So here I am, with my third book Relic Bounty released and two more books planned this year. I love writing!

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I’m not going to lie, I’m a huge YA fan (yes, even Twilight) but my tastes vary with age. My Top 5 as of today would be:

1. Outlander (I just finished the audiobook and season 5 of the show). Diana Gabaldon is an amazing author and I can only hope to learn to weave descriptions, sensations, and conversations with such finesse.
2. Hunger Games – I loved the series, and even though the ending was bittersweet it made me smile.
3. Dragonsinger – This was one of my favorite books when I was young and fed my early love of dragons. I read many of the Dragon Riders books.
4. Dune – I read this book multiple times in Jr. High and High School (I can finish it in about 8 hours). The thoughts and ideas were so compelling, and their view of fear changed my life.
5. Chronicles of the Cheysuli – This series, with their short books and intense characters, cultures and prophecy intertwined through generations.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Keanu Reeves out of a purely selfish desire to meet him in real life. I would want to know who his favorite character was from any movie he’s been in, even if he didn’t play that character, and why.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

When I realized that I really do have talent, and I’m amazed by something I wrote. I think all writers, and artists in general, go through this kind of self-loathing belief that whatever you’ve created will never compare to someone else or be good enough for others to enjoy.

What is a typical day like for you?

I work a day job. I do speech to text on the 30 min drive each way, and then type up the disaster when I get home while the kids do homework. I feel like I should just to a voice recording, but I think trying to fix the words helps me write better.

What scene from Relic Bounty was your favorite to write?

There are several, but there’s a part at the end where Janis realizes Everell is planning something that will ruin everything and he’s trying to save her from herself. It makes me laugh every time!

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

You get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit.

Arwen Paris is the author of the new book Relic Bounty

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