Arthur is the author (no jokes, please, he's heard them all) of four books. These include William Bradshaw King of the Goblins, William Bradshaw and a Faint Hope, William Bradshaw and War Unending, and Goblin Stories. These books were almost inevitable given that the author has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy since he was old enough to walk. Major influences include the works of the puppeteer and filmmaker Jim Henson and the British artist Brian Froud. Expect more books in the Will Bradshaw series, as all attempts to stop Arthur from writing have failed.
A Little About
William Bradshaw, King of the Goblins
Aside from that, all he has to worry about is a war. And that's the trouble. Throughout recorded history the goblins have never won a battle, let alone a war. But things are going to be different this time. William Bradshaw is determined to win, using every means at his disposal, including stealth, subterfuge and exploding outhouses.
Author Rating: PG
Ten Things You Should Know
About Arthur Daigle
I can’t listen to music while writing. I end up splitting my focus between the two and don’t enjoy either. I do listen to pop or rock while I’m trying to visualize fight scenes.
2. What is the first thing you remember writing?
Garbage, pure and simple. My earlier work shall never been seen and that’s a good thing. They say a writer’s first million words are just practice, and while I’m a bit under that number it’s close.
3. What is one of your favorite/go-to writing resources?
The Complete Guide to Villains, a second edition Dungeons and Dragons book. Not what you’re expecting, I know, but it’s been valuable because it describes in great detail how to make a believable and compelling villain. Those same lessons apply to making any character compelling.
4. Have you always liked to write?
No, it’s something I got into because of the College of DuPage. I attended the school for two years and had to write papers for every class except math. The more I wrote the better I got at it, and the more I came to enjoy it. I later began writing for fun instead of class work, and from there it was a short, if difficult, step to publishing.
5. Do any of your characters sound/look like famous actors in your head?
I keep picturing my main character William Bradshaw as Bruce Campbell, star of Army of Darkness, Brisco Country Junior and Burn Notice. If my books are every made into movies they’d have to be CGI because of all the goblins, trolls, dragons and other fantasy creatures, so there’s a chance I could get Bruce to voice act for Will.
6. What book are you currently reading?
How to Attract Native Pollinators. My college degree is in biology and I am an avid gardener, so most of my books are related to science or gardening.
7. Do you write/read every single day?
No. Partly that’s due to a lack of time, but I also need to know what I intend to write before I get started. I spend a fair amount of time taking walks and coming up with scenes for my books. They’re like movie clips running in my head. Once I have enough scenes ready, I can write about five thousand words a week.
8. What is one of your favorite beverages/snacks while writing?
I don’t snack while writing, largely because when I write, I don’t notice things like it’s been four hours since I ate, drank or sat up.
9. Describe your writing space as it is right now. What would be your ideal writing space (if it's different from this)?
I don’t need a specific environment to write. I’ve used a back bedroom, basement and currently I’m writing on my bed. When I know what I want to say, I say it.
10. Do you have any other creative outlets besides writing?
I draw fantasy and science fiction. Admittedly I’ll never make money with my drawings since my formal education ended in junior year high school, but it’s fun to do.