Arden is a queer-fiction-writer and comic artist. Genderpunk. Slowly turning their surroundings into a small forest.
Fun Fact: Arden's last name, Powell was the last name of my very first character. His name was Aydonne Powell!
A little bit more about Arden; Arden graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with an Honours degree in English Literature and the suspicion that writing essays did more for their ability to make up stories than anything else. They also came away with an overriding and all-abiding love of semi colons, to the general dismay of their editors.
Arden lives in Toronto with a dog and a human where they are slowly turning their surroundings into a small forest. Their writing is usually speculative, and entirely queer. No photographs of the author’s face exist at this time, for which they apologize.
Arden identifies as Genderqueer + ace and prefers the pronouns They/Them.
Mx. Powell let me ask them some questions about their self and their writing;
1. Besides LGBT+ OwnVoices, anything else in your books OwnVoice (mental illness, physical disability, etc.)
I've got anxiety and ASD rep in upcoming WIPs, plus a bunch more different queer identities. I make an effort to include decent racial diversity in my books, but I'm very white, so there's no #ownvoices there.
2. What is the best money you've spent as an author?
Definitely on books.
3. Do you view writing as a "spiritual" practice?
For me it's more of a compulsion than anything spiritual. I write to keep my brain from spiralling off into a ravine of panic, as it likes to do when it's unoccupied. If I'm not writing, I'm drawing - also compulsively - but even my art tends to have some storytelling elements to it.
4. Have you ever googled yourself? Anything interesting?
Only to see if my sites are showing up! Apparently I'm a veterinarian in some alternate universe, which is cool, though not something I'd want to do in real life. [I've found out I died in 1953 is that makes you feel any better!]
5. What part of life do you write most about? (Child, Teenager, Adult, etc.)
Early adulthood, for sure. I read a lot of MG and I want to write some YA eventually, but at the moment I'm mostly writing people my own age, or where I hope to be in a few years.
6. You've been transported to the world of Harry Potter! What House do you want to be in? Who do you try to date (if anyone)? Is Harry your BFF or the antagonist?
According the quiz I'm in Ravenclaw, which is perfect for me. Definitely no dating. I think I'd be a professor sooner than a student, so Harry would be my...pupil? I'd like teaching Herbology. Or I could be a magical librarian.
7. You meet your favourite author! They tell you they've read your book and LOVED it! What is your reaction?
Lots of stammering, and I'd probably drop something. Alternatively, I'd try so hard to play it cool that I'd come across all aloof and standoffish. Either way I'd go home mortified and not come out again for like a month.
8. You're at the club (I know we're both probably introverts but like, play along) Your favourite song comes on! What is it?
Destroya, by MCR. Please don't make me go to a club. [How about like a laid back club, where everyone just prefers to drink lattes and make snooty comments about how the music here sucks?]
9. You're transported to your WIP! What is your relation to the MC?
My MC's in a band, so I'll be their fashion consultant. I'll stand around backstage being sarcastic, fixing things with safety pins and adjusting people's hair.
10. Anything else the readers of this world should know about you?
My debut novel, A SUMMER SOUNDTRACK FOR FALLING IN LOVE, is coming this fall! It's a contemporary romcom about a guy who joins a band and falls for the frontman. Also there's a cult. [I for one, will be buying this. The name is amazing!]
If Arden seems like your kind of author, please follow them on Twitter @ArdenPowell
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