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Louis Arata is a long-term resident of Chicago, not something he planned in advance but seems to be working nicely for him. He grew up in northern Virginia, just outside of DC, then attended high school and college in West Virginia. The day after graduating Shepherd University, he headed to the Second City.

Various jobs over the years have included selling classified ads, formatting questionnaires, debriefing former gang members, handing out stipend checks, and designing databases.

He is the author of Dead Hungry, a novel about Ghouls in modern-day Chicago. His other work includes A Careful Wish, a play about Christmas, possible miracles, and other family dysfunction.

He is currently working on a sequel to Dead Hungry.

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Louis Arata The sense of discovery. I plan my novels but allow a certain amount of discovery in the writing process. The characters can surprise me with something…moreThe sense of discovery. I plan my novels but allow a certain amount of discovery in the writing process. The characters can surprise me with something entirely unexpected and can help give depth to the story. Every time I've written a novel, there's something I impulsively include that I have no idea why it's there. By the time I finish the first draft, that unexpected aspect somehow resolves a part of the plot. There's no way to plan for something like that.(less)
Louis Arata Trust yourself. You know a lot more about storytelling than you think you do. When you read a novel or a short story, you know what you like. Also, no…moreTrust yourself. You know a lot more about storytelling than you think you do. When you read a novel or a short story, you know what you like. Also, no one knows your story the way you do, and no one else will write it in the exact same way. And most of all, allow yourself to have fun writing.(less)
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Making Connections: 1832. - DEAD HUNGRY by Louis Arata 10 64 Jul 20, 2014 07:33PM  
John Green
“You are so busy being YOU that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

E.M. Forster
“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?”
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George Orwell
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
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“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
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Louis Arata Thanks to all the people who entered the giveaway for Dead Hungry. Congratulations to the winners; the books went in the mail on December 2nd. Enjoy!


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