|Posted by rkfinnell on March 6, 2013 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
TheR.K. Finnell Interview
TheQuestions I'd Ask Myself
Q-I'veheard you say you hate fantasy, but you write it.
A-Ido hate fantasy that is full of the usual dragons, damsels indistress, and the often borrowed Tolkien fantasy characters. Theyhave been done and overdone to the point of boredom-at least for me.A writer can combine the elements of different fantasy creatures tocome up with something new and different. You are only limited by howfar you let your imagination go.
Q-Mostof your main characters are young males. Will you ever have a femalelead?
A-Noand don't ask again.
Q-Whichcharacter do you think would surprise your readers the most if theymet him on the street?
A-MartinO'Grady. I wrote him to sound as if he were an old drunk, but inactuality he's young (about 25-30 years old) with an old soul. He'sheart-broken and turned to drink when his beloved wife died.
Q-InKickshaw Candies you had three unsavory human characters come intothe town. What was their purpose in the story?
Q-Concerningthe Siog what do you mean when you say “what happens to one,happens to all” ?
A-Ifa Siog is born with an anomaly such as having an extra toe then allthe rest will be born with an extra toe until another birth changesit.
Q-Howwould it be possible to change such a thing?
A-Bygoing outside of the clan, particularly with something that isn'tanother Siog.
Q-KickshawCandies is plot driven. Was this on purpose?
A-Notreally. The plot was more important than the characters.
Q-Withso many characters how do you keep them all straight and not getconfused?
A-Eachis parked in its own special place in my imagination. I did buy 3x5cards with the idea I would fill each one out with a character'sbiography. The cards are still blank.
Q-Whatadvice do you have for aspiring...
Q-Wellthat was mean! What do you have against aspiring writers?
A-Nothing.Part of being a writer is learning how to research. Someone wants toknow about writing-research. Not only are they gaining knowledge,they are also learning how to find what they need. Besides, thesooner they realize writing is not the walk in the park they thoughtit would be, the better.
Q-Andfinally describe where you write.
A-Inan often noisy kitchen with cats staring at me.
Q-Thankyou R.K for allowing me to interview you. Any last comments?
A-Damnit cat, get off the counter!
|Posted by rkfinnell on January 1, 2013 at 3:35 AM||comments (0)|
May you be blessed and prosper.
|Posted by rkfinnell on August 26, 2012 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
We are the ones who guide the hand in murder, suicide and all matters of death.
In search of the Death Bringers, Fáelán discovers a truth within himself that could evoke the end of humanity. Now he must either embrace what he is, or bring Death to its knees.
|Posted by rkfinnell on August 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
Step inside, children, and see every candy you can imagine. The proprietor will be happy to let you sample his wares. Lollipops, toffees, and all kinds of sweets are waiting for you at Kickshaw's. Not sure which to choose? Teagan O'Brien knows just what you need.
Willy Wonka meets Needful Things in Kickshaw Candies where there is a secret behind every character you meet. Leave the mint on the pillow or you may awaken to find it isn't your reflection in the mirror.
|Posted by rkfinnell on July 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM||comments (1)|
Here is my list of things I believe anyone who wants to get into writing needs to know. You may agree or disagree and I hope you will add you own to the list.
1. Write-You can't become a writer without doing this.
2. You are NOT an editor-I don't care how much education you have or how many high school creative writing classes you took. Do not under any circumstance edit your own work.
3.Read-You can read the genre if you want to, but I write fantasy and I really don't like most of the fantasy books out there. Others have a different take on this; I'm giving you my view on the subject of reading what you want to write.
4.10 year olds should never be published-I don't care how good you think Junior's "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" story is, your kid is not a writer-yet. Encourage him if you see talent and he wants to write. Yes, I am aware there is the rare exception-just don't count on your kid being one.
5.Learn to take criticism-Constructive criticism can be a valuable asset to the writer. Learn to differentiate between the criticism that will help you become a better writer and the criticism that's just vindictive. Yes, vindictive criticism does exist.
6. Mom and Dad are not your best critics-Unless your family is like mine (brutally honest), don't get your parents or siblings opinion on your writing. Don't go to your friends either. Find an outside person to do the reading.
7. Be original-Everywhere you turn there's another vampire story. Yes, I know it's a popular genre and I've enjoyed the genre in movies but why not try something different? If you insist that you have to write vampires or you'll die, try to be original about it.
8. Writer's block-It happens. When it does, do writing exercises. Here's an exercise I do when I'm stuck in writing-With paper and pen in hand write down everything where you are. For example: If you are sitting in your kitchen start writing about what's in it. Write a description of the item and if you have a certain feeling about it-write that too. This will not only getting the juices flowing, but is also good practice for descriptive writing.
9. The rules of writing-Follow the ones you should and break the rest. You'll hear "show don't tell" a lot and I mean A LOT-The fact is sometimes you need to tell. If your writing a scene you show., but telling can set up the scene.
10-Plagiarism-It's wrong under any circumstance. Yes, there are books out there that have plagiarized off of other books and gotten away with it. These people are not writers and you shouldn't follow their lead.
|Posted by rkfinnell on July 8, 2012 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
I need some! I also need links to add. If you have a website or business you would like me to link let me know. If you're looking for a place where you can display your writing, art work, etc. I hope you will consider it and join.
If you've got a fund raiser on Kickstarter or indiegogo I'll be happy to give it a shout out on the blog and a link to your project.
|Posted by rkfinnell on July 2, 2012 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
The Plague Son is now in the hands of the editor and will hopefully be ready for publishing by the end of the summer. I will post more information and the cover art when it is available.
In the sequel to Kickshaw Candies you'll see some of the old characters and meet new ones. The Death Bringers are those who deliver the humans to the waiting arms of the Grim Reaper.
A thank you to Feo Amante's Horror Thriller for including Kickshaw Candies on his site. If you love all things horror be sure to visit!
Interested in reading Kickshaw Candies? Available in both ebook and paperback at Amazon.
|Posted by rkfinnell on April 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM||comments (0)|
Check out this great project aimed at helping others. Isn't it time we do something with a simple act of kindness that really makes a difference?
|Posted by rkfinnell on March 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM||comments (0)|
Kickshaw Candies will be the focus of a discussion at Swagbucks on May 25th. If you belong to Swagbucks I hope you will join in the discussion. If you'd like to join in but don't belong to Swagbucks you can either join under me or a friend who belongs. I look forward to seeing you in the discussion.
If fantasy isn't your thing there are other book discussions on Swagbucks that you may be interested in.
|Posted by rkfinnell on March 21, 2012 at 3:50 PM||comments (0)|
I must look naturally guilty of something. Maybe it's because I go to the grocery store with the purpose of shopping for food, not a man. No make up, my clothes are comfortable and my hair thrown in a ponytail. I'm not trying to impress the butcher-just get my food and get out.
Sometimes I zig zag through the store and backtrack especially if I either don't take a list or I'm unfamiliar with the store. As far as I know I don't have a crazy look about me and while I don't dress up, I'm not doing bag lady fashion either.
So why is it I find that my shopping experience includes the security guard following me all over the store? The minute they spot me I know no matter what aisle I'm in there they are. None of them has ever caught me pocketing items or doing anything close to shoplifting. While they're following me about one guy is probably pilfering crap left and right. Even when I was starving, I never took what I couldn't afford.
Have I ever shoplifted? Yes, once in the third grade. I took a pen. The store called my mom and she got the confession out of me. No one chased me down the street or called the police so I know I don't have a record. I just had to make amends to the store and all was fine. I wasn't even banned from the store. My mom did start a charge account that I was free to use whenever I wanted. Nothing was ever said about anything I bought.-as long as I bought it.
If I look guilty of something, so be it. I like wasting the security guard's time and they always look like they need the exercise.