We’re thrilled to be talking to Arthur Lowe from U.L. Harper’s, The Secret Deaths of Arthur Lowe. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!
Thank you for your interview, Arthur. How old are you and what do you do for a living?
I’m in my mid-forties, and I’m lucky enough to do something as simple as being a custodian at an elementary school. I like the time by myself, and the lack of stress. You can just do your job and go home. Thank you for asking.
Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?
Undoubtedly, one of my most distinguished features is I can animate things and people. When I say animate, I mean making an object, basically, have a soul. I can make it real. On top of it, if a person is dead, I can animate them too, and bring them back to life. I don’t think you’ve met anyone like me. If what you want to call what I can do a power, then I basically never use my power.
What would I love the most about you?
You would love how much I love my wife. I love her enough to bring her back to the living. I’m not sure if she appreciates it too much, to be honest.
What would I hate the most about you?
Well, my wife, Sandra, thinks I’m abusive. I’m not sure if she’s wrong. I don’t hit her or yell at her. I only try to do good things by her, but what she says is relatively convincing. It’s hard for me. Not sure if you’d like it.
Where do you go when you are angry?
I’m probably at work when I’m angry. I just keep sweeping or wiping or whatever. I try not to dwell on too much.
What is in your refrigerator right now?
Some eggs, some fruit, condiments. Obviously I don’t do a lot of shopping.
What is your most treasured possession?
A possession that I’ve been attached to is my old teddy bear from when I was a kid. It had a deep impact on me.
Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Yeah, he did well, in my opinion. He left me with some secrets. He didn’t let everything out to the public, which was gracious of him. I think people can piece together who I am in more detail if they want to. Also, I’m not sure if he’s done writing about me. We’ll have to see.
What is your idea of a perfect day?
Just being with my girl would be perfect to me. I’m not in a situation necessarily to make that happen but if you’re asking, that’s what I got.
If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be?
I kind of wish I could have my hair back. In my teens, I had a huge afro. Now, I’m balding. What man wouldn’t want to have their hair back?
Do you have children?
No children. We tried for a while but kids weren’t for us, I suppose. Just never happened. I want to say I tried more than she did, but she was there, if you know what I mean. But there’s something to the fact that she’s got something against me. Again, she says I’ve been abusing her. But we tried for a long while. Just never happened.
About the Author
U.L. Harper is a speculative fiction/horror author, influenced by magical realism. A former journalist from Long Beach, California, he now resides in the evergreen state of Washington with his wife. He is a soon-to-be father, and an avid Dodgers fan.
His latest book is the speculative fiction/horror/magical realism novel, THE SECRET DEATHS OF ARTHUR LOWE.