Behind the Scenes · Interview


–Calypso Grier, Writer/Editor for Wrought Iron Reads

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Between the Ashley Madison hack, Kermit’s new boo, Denise, and Black Sabbath announcing a farewell tour, the internet is BUZZING with cheating, breakups and endings nobody saw coming.

I guess since cuffing season is officially beginning soon, ‘tis the season to find some new-new! Arsen Ward is rolling with the punches in his new short, The Suburban Wives Sex Club, about affairs of the…well, just plain affairs. If you enjoyed his debut, Wi-Fi Freaks, then you’re in for a treat with his latest set to hit online bookstores next week!

Arsen Ward took a minute to call in and talk with us about the new book.  Check out what he had to say.

Arsen, let’s talk about Wi-Fi Freaks and the Thirst Traps Presents shorts. What can you tell readers about your writing?

The Thirst Traps Presents shorts are quick reads designed to be consumed in one sitting. The way our busy schedules are set up these days, it’s hard to squeeze in time for reading. Reading has become something of a luxury, because time is money. So, I guess you could say Thirst Traps Presents is economic on both levels—they don’t cost much and they don’t take up too much of your day.

So, you came out the gate swinging with your book, Wi-Fi Freaks. I don’t think any of us were prepared for the kind of success the book has had in its first few days up, with readers taking advantage of the freebie. Where’d you get the idea for Wi-Fi Freaks?

Real life. No doubt. I read a review from someone the other day—and a reminder to you lovely people, reviews are the lifeblood of books! Keep them coming! Anyway, the cat was saying it was something he or she could relate to. That’s what I write. When I sit down at the laptop, the first thought that comes to mind while I’m crafting a story is: What are other people going through?

Alright, well, I’ve had the pleasure of reading the first two books of the shorts series. The second one, The Suburban Wives Sex Club, is scheduled for release next week. Now, Arsen, both of those were stories written by a man from a female perspective. I have to ask. Do you have any trouble getting into the heads of these female main characters?

Ha! That’s a good question, actually. The short answer is, yes. But, what I do to get more in touch with my inner Cecily and Julissa and all the other wonderful women I write about is I try to inject as much emotion into the stories as possible. The first drafts might be pure plot point, plot point, plot point. Then, on the second draft, I go back in and play psychologist. I ask, “How does this make you feel?”

Men don’t naturally think like that, or I should say, I don’t naturally think like that. I think if we did, women would appreciate it. I hope my readers appreciate the effort that goes into creating an authentic voice for each of my main characters.

And, what else can we look forward to reading about in the Thirst Traps Presents shorts series?

Ugh! You would ask that. *Laughter* I have a lot of ideas, but nothing is completely set in stone. Everything is a work in progress.

Give us a little taste. Throw something out there.

You guys just have to keep your eyes on the website. When Wrought Iron Reads announces something, that’s when you’ll know. *Laughter*

Ah, heck, I had to try! Alright, Arsen, we look forward to reading and hearing more from you in the future. How can fans get in touch with you if they want to send you fan mail or what have you?

I’m easy to reach via email at You can follow the Wrought Iron Reads Facebook page for more from me and the other writers in the circle, including you, Ms. Calypso. When can we expect to read more from you?

Hey, hey, that’s top secret, classified information. *Laughter* Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with me about things, Arsen. It was a pleasure. Can’t wait to hear back from you.

Readers, feel free to comment below with questions you have for the writer. He’ll be available to answer your questions for the rest of the day, 9/4/2015. Shout out to all of you! We love you. 😉


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