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A Conversation with Arielle Strauss, author of The Wraith Series

Arielle StraussArielle Strauss is a twenty-two year old author, actress, and percussionist originally from Freehold, New Jersey. She graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts from SarahLawrenceCollege, where she began to write “The Wraith Trilogy.” She’s pleased to finally share her first novel, The Wraith, and the sequel, The Huntress, with the world.

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About the Books:

The Wraith 2The Wraith – Ophelia Weller never believed in ghosts until the night she became one. But when the aftermath of a frat party on the most haunted campus in America leaves her face to face with her own naked corpse, she really has no other option. Now a wraith, Ophelia is a spirit hidden amongst the living. Forced to conceal her undead identity from the world, and struggling to remain visible to the humans around her, how will she ever manage to convince her dearest friend of the truth? Or muster the courage to tell her beautiful gym partner that she just may be in love with her? And, with no memory of her death, how will Ophelia solve the mystery of her murder?

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  • The Wrath is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

The Huntress 2The Huntress – Ophelia’s been dead for several weeks, but she’s still around. Yet other students at OhioUniversity are dropping like flies, never to return. Surely the most haunted campus in America is home to other wraiths like herself? Ophelia is determined to find them—and to discover the truth about why she continues to dwell in the world of mortals. But faced with a mysterious clan of ghost hunters closing in, threatening to end her unlife, three meddlesome (and crotchety) divine beings determined to control her new existence, and a best friend with more than friendly feelings for the love of her life, how long will Ophelia be able to hide the truth of her death—and her destiny?

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  • The Huntress is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Arielle! Can you tell us where you are from?

I’m from Freehold, which is where Bruce Springsteen is from!

Q: How did you come up with your title?

Speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

The Killion Group designed the cover. I wanted the image to be ethereal and mysterious, inviting you to open the book.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

Lesbians. I mean, if you’re into that sort of thing…

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

If you’re getting over a traumatic experience, like Ophelia, keep going for the things you really want out of life. Don’t hold yourself back because fate threw this massive hurdle your way. And if you miraculously find love in any form, like Ophelia, do yourself a favor and hold onto it. Cherish and nurture that love because it’s one more rare, beautiful and amazing thing to live for.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

The first chapter was my favorite to write. The published version is vastly different than the original draft, but that was the freest creative experience of my life. I didn’t hold back. Of course the editing process was a long one and the finished product now suits the rest of the story.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

I’d written only in bits and pieces my whole life. The one time I ever finished anything, it got lost. So I wanted to complete something and for people to see it.

Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

I have mild emetophobia.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I’d see New Zealand. It’s where Xena was filmed.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

I’m an evening person. I love dinner.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

My mother is a writer. My aunt is also a published author.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

I still am.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?

I’d wish for ability to teleport. Ophelia can teleport short distances. I would teleport to New Zealand and avoid that 24-hour flight.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Battle on!

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