Interview with Sam Arnold, Author of Pyramids of Meridian

07 Sep 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Pyramids of Meridian?

I’ve always been fascinated by the bigger picture; the greatest questions existence has posed to us. In fiction media there’s always so much death, but I’ve always wondered, what is happening to these characters when they die? Does their journey continue? That’s where the seed of this novel was formed.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Pyramids of Meridian, what would they be?

Classical music for Michael, the bombastic types especially. Kelly and Nathan would enjoy the same sort of vibes, probably something in the more ambient, soothing, zen category, despite them both being hardcore warriors.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

My favorite genre is the same genre I write: epic, far-reaching space opera, but I do have a penchant for the classics.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

My TBR feels endless. I try to alternate between a classic and a modern novel when reading. I’m currently finishing up “Children of Time” by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Next up will be the classic “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy. I try to enjoy and learn from the best!

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

Some favorite scenes would include the conflict dialogue scenes between Nathan and Kelly. I always enjoy watching characters come to a head, revealing harsh emotions and once-concealed truths, and seeing how they grow from those tough conversations.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I wouldn’t say quirky, but a rule I try to follow is music when designing and writing, utter silence when editing. Music inspires me and is a critical part of the first stages of my creative process, but also distracts me when it comes to picking things apart with that ole fine tooth comb.

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

“Better than yesterday.” This motto isn’t even necessarily an active one, I feel it’s encoded deep into my bones. I must improve.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

Accept yourself. Love yourself. Because your existence might be a lot longer than you anticipated.


Sam Arnold is the author of the new book Pyramids of Meridian

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