How Bestselling Novelist Aris Janigian Writes

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The bestselling, award-winning novelist, Aris Janigian, had a candid conversation with me about the recently "mandated dystopia," his circuitous path to bestselling author, the city as muse, and what it means to be a transgressive writer.

“As a cognitive social psychologist, I can tell you without any hesitation that the human mind really is built for deception.” – Aris Janigian

The author of six novels (all without traditional representation), critics hailed his 2012 novel This Angelic Land – set during the 1992 Los Angeles Riots – as "today's necessary book," and his novel Waiting for Lipchitz at Chateau Marmont, spent 17 weeks on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list.

Janigian holds a PhD in psychology from the Claremont Graduate School and was formerly Senior Professor of Humanities at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

He was a finalist for Stanford University's William Saroyan Fiction Prize and has been a contributing writer to West, the Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine.

The second book of Janigian's Waiting for... trilogy, Waiting for Sophia at Shutters on the Beach, "... is a satirical mashup of Nabokov's Lolita and Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground."

The book has be described as "... an unflinching, deadly serious ... tragic-comic view of male sexuality in the era of #metoo."

*Note: This interview was recorded at the beginning of May, 2020.

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In this file Aris Janigian and I discussed:
  • The life of a lazy author
  • Why graduate school corrupts good writers
  • Wisdom on the importance of mentorship
  • How the cruel mistress of Los Angeles plays a character in his works
  • The self-censorship of academia
  • And why life is the best teacher
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