Also an accomplished educator, Araminta has her MFA in Creative Writing and enjoys the occasional scholarly pursuit, such as helping writers in the realm of horror with her co-authors Rachel Lee and Stan Swanson. We caught up with Araminta to probe her a little about her writing habits.
DM: Tell us about your writing style and your book Blind Hunger.I try to write in avalanche-style. That is, I start with a snowflake of an idea, and then I sit at my computer and pack on the snow until I’m hurtling down the mountainside with a story. The first draft of Blind Hunger was finished in just over a month. The second draft, or the editing phase, took about a year as I fine-tuned things between submissions to publishers. It went through a major metamorphosis when it was picked up by Dark Moon Books and changed shape pretty dramatically right before publication.
One thing I will share is that I write from the body a lot. I have a background in theatre and I draw on that frequently when I write. If a character is afraid, I pull up fear in my body so I can see where it strikes me—if it’s in my stomach, then I put that sensation into concrete terms (not abstract) to describe what my character is going through. For example, when I was writing Max, he often felt discouraged or frustrated, and a little indifferent because he expected to be treated badly by most people he met. That sensation, when I pulled it up for myself, was mostly in the jaw and shoulders. I’d be sitting at my keyboard and my shoulders would slump and my jaw would tense.