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Arik Bjorn

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Arik Bjorn is a novelist, essayist, and poet, but most of all, a dedicated father. He enjoys French silk pie as well as a quality shot of bourbon. His writing explores such themes as the Problem of Pain and building Civilization--or at least humanity's efforts to-date.

He has eight books available on on Goodreads and Amazon, including his first novel, "The Prodigal" (2020). "The Prodigal" took 25 years to complete, and is a contemporary, comedic reshaping of The Divine Comedy.

Bjorn has also published three essay collections: "Waiting for Civilization," "The R-Rated Theologian," and "Why Bad Things Happen to Good Parrots."

He has one short story collection, "Birds of a Feather," as well as a book of verse, "Pocket Lint."

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Arik Bjorn Truth be told, I have never experienced writer's block. But I do not begin a work (fiction or non-fiction) until the first sentence "appears to me."

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Truth be told, I have never experienced writer's block. But I do not begin a work (fiction or non-fiction) until the first sentence "appears to me."

First sentences usually show up while I'm walking or driving--I rarely listen to the radio or stereo while doing either. I'll begin thinking through an upcoming article or story, and sooner or later that magical first sentence appears. From there, the ball rolls.

If I did experience writer's block, I would probably buy a bottle of cheap red wine to seek "unblockage."(less)
Arik Bjorn One of the more pleasurable things is the reaction I receive from new acquaintances when they're informed of what I do. People seem to consider writer…moreOne of the more pleasurable things is the reaction I receive from new acquaintances when they're informed of what I do. People seem to consider writers ("real" writers) as exotic as astronauts and magicians:

Person: So what do you do?

Me: I'm a writer.

Person: Serious?! Like a REAL writer?!

Me: Oh no. Ha-ha! Had you there for a second. I'm one of those fake writers. Books really just grow on trees, of course.(less)
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To Hell, and Back Again: An Interview with Arik Bjorn about his Novel “The Prodigal”

My former City Paper colleague, Jaroslav Dampfstain, said he wouldn’t mind if I posted this interview on my website while he shops it about to various periodicals. Thanks, JD! My novel, THE PRODIGAL, will be published on September 1. 


 


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