Interview with Emmanuel M Arriaga, author of Elevator Quest
07 Feb 2018
What can you tell us about your new release, Elevator Quest?
Elevator Quest is an action packaged homage to D&D style fantasy with a modern twist. It’s a story of survival, highlighting leadership and teamwork with real people in impossible situations.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I fell in love with the Dragonlance and Legend of Drizzt series many years ago. Those fantasy adventures helped fuel my vivid imagination. This imagination spills over into my dreams and leads to extremely detailed stories that I write down as soon as I wake up. It’s from these dreams that I began crafting my own novels. I also owe my passion for reading to my mother. It’s from her reading to me from a very early age that I’ve gotten to where I am today. This is why I’ve dedicated this novel to her.
What fictional literary world would you most like to visit?
You’re hosting a literary dinner party. Which three writers are invited?
RA Salvatore because he’s my favorite author. JK Rowling because I think she’s an awesome person. And Richard Knaak because he’s written some of my favorite lore with the Warcraft and Diablo franchises.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
When I get into a hyper focused flow state, my creative energies in full swing. Those are some of my favorite moments and when I think I do my best work.
BAM. You’re a superhero. What’s your superpower?
Whatever it is Doctor Manhattan’s superpower is from the Watchman series. Ability to fully manipulate atoms at a subatomic level? I think that pretty much wins them all.
What scene in Elevator Quest was your favorite to write?
Not to give anything away, but there is a later scene in the novel where the team is face to face with one of the most intimidating and calculating monsters they have ever faced. That whole set of dialogue and encounter gave me goosebumps. That whole section is probably my favorite theme in the novel.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
Emmanuel M Arriaga is the author of the new book Elevator Quest.
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