Arielle Strauss is a twenty-two year old author, actress, and percussionist originally from Freehold, New Jersey. She graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, where she began to write "The Wraith Trilogy." She's pleased to finally share her first novel, The Wraith, and the sequel, The Huntress, with the world.
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About the Books:
The Wraith - Ophelia Weller never believed in ghosts until the night she became one. But when the aftermath of a frat party on the most haunted campus in America leaves her face to face with her own naked corpse, she really has no other option. Now a wraith, Ophelia is a spirit hidden amongst the living. Forced to conceal her undead identity from the world, and struggling to remain visible to the humans around her, how will she ever manage to convince her dearest friend of the truth? Or muster the courage to tell her beautiful gym partner that she just may be in love with her? And, with no memory of her death, how will Ophelia solve the mystery of her murder?
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The Huntress - Ophelia's been dead for several weeks, but she's still around. Yet other students at Ohio University are dropping like flies, never to return. Surely the most haunted campus in America is home to other wraiths like herself? Ophelia is determined to find them—and to discover the truth about why she continues to dwell in the world of mortals. But faced with a mysterious clan of ghost hunters closing in, threatening to end her unlife, three meddlesome (and crotchety) divine beings determined to control her new existence, and a best friend with more than friendly feelings for the love of her life, how long will Ophelia be able to hide the truth of her death—and her destiny?
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Thanks for letting us
interrogate interview you! Can you
give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?
The only other thing I can do besides write is act and play the bongos. I figured if I’m gonna write a book, I should do it right away and not waste any time!
Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be? I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?
The writing is honestly the best part. Also, hearing your work read aloud is the best way to see what you’re doing right. My college roommates my freshman year read the first drafts of “The Wraith” aloud in our room at night, and it’d leave them shocked and waiting for more. It also opened up a lot of room for discussion, which sparked even more ideas. I’ve always felt that writing should be a collaborative process, which is why I dedicated the book to them.
Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?
I chose to self-publish through a friend’s company. It’s the least stressful way to go about it, but it isn’t the most perfect way. Typos are my worst enemy, but of course both books got published with some of them. My editor and designer are like magic, but it’s up to me at the end of the day to go back and make sure it looks spiffy enough. I learned a lot with my first book and even more with my second.
What’s the snarkiest thing you can say about the publishing industry (e.g. rejections, the long wait, etc.)
If JK Rowling had to go through it, it must be worth it.
Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?
They’re extremely proud of me, but mostly the young adults (ie my sister and my cousin) have taken the time to actually finish the book and tell me their thoughts, which is fine by me. They’re my target audience after all.
What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?
Getting to hold my finished book in my hands for the first time.
How about the social networks? Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?
Facebook is the easiest way for me to promote my book. I’m not so familiar with Twitter. I’m also into getting reviews on book blogs, which is, of course, the most helpful way to spread the word. (P.S. Thank you!!)
Book sales. Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)? How are you making the sales happen for you?
Really gratifying when I that see someone has decided to spend their hard-earned cash on a little something I wrote. It means more than words can say. I can only hope that the work perked their imagination in new and different ways and that they’re excited for the upcoming sequels.
What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?
I LOVE XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS! Seriously though. Best TV show ever. (It’s on Netflix Instant!)
Okay, too much sugar for you today! Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in. Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above don’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?
I think you said it perfectly. Writing is one of the most calming ways of self-expression. Though sharing it may take some guts (and some cash), in the end it’s a priceless investment.