Everyone, please welcome K. A. Finn to the blog today! She’s here to chat about Stephen Leather books, special effects, a fanciful obstacle course, and plenty more! If you want to find out about the GIVEAWAY, then scroll to the bottom.
Reality in my fiction: how important is it? Lengthy travel, cussing, and bathroom breaks happen in real life. How do you address these mundane occurrences in your writings?
I think reality is important to a point. Unless the long journey is vital to the story or something exciting happens along the way, I try to leave it out. The same goes for bathroom breaks and things like that. It’s part of life but there’s no need to write it into the story (unless vital to the plot of course!) Anything that takes away from the flow of the story or stops the reader from turning the page to see what happens should be taken out – toilet breaks included!
As for cussing, I’ve left that out of my series so far. ‘Damn’ is as bad as it gets. My characters curse but I just say that they curse. I read and listen to a lot of books that use curse words so have no problem if it adds to the story of the characters. Each book is different 🙂
Who are some of your favorite book villains? Who are your favorite hero duos from the pages?
This a tricky one. I prefer villains that have genuine motive behind what they are doing. Villains that just want ‘world domination’ don’t excite me. Villains are people too with good and bad sides to their personality. My favourite has to be Hook from Peter Pan. There are different sides to his personality – he’s believable as a person and a villain. I try to write my villains that way – I want the reader to understand the motivation behind what everyone is doing.
I’m not sure if my favourite hero duo can technically be described as a duo but I love when they get together. It’s Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd and Jimmy ‘Razor’ Sharpe from Stephen Leather’s Spider Shepherd series. I am completely hooked and can’t read/listen to them fast enough. The banter between the two characters is so natural but the real buzz is when they are working a case together. They’re a great team – can’t get enough!
If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you chose to do?
I’d love to get involved in film production. I’m fascinated by special effects and what filmakers today can do. I think it’s great you can sit down to watch a film with giant talking turtles, space battles, elves and wizards or aliens and be convinced by the effects. The level of detail is so good the fact you’re watching aliens battling in space doesn’t come in to it. You believe what you’re seeing. That’s pretty amazing!
In this age of publishing, self-promotion is really necessary for the author. What do you enjoy most about advertising yourself and your works? What do you find most challenging?
Self promotion is vital but I find the whole process challenging. There’s a fine line between advertising yourself and your work and irritating potential readers by bombarding them with ‘buy my book’ posts. I think you have to offer useful content (writing tips, self publishing advice, retweeting helpful information etc). I do post any reviews I get or comments on my writing. I really enjoy hearing what people have to say about the series and like to pass their comments on.
If you could sit down and have tea (or a beer) with 5 fictional characters, who would you invite to the table?
Spider Shepherd (Stephen Leather character)
Nick Stone (Andy McNab character)
Rhage (JR Ward BDB series)
Zsadist (JR Ward again – not sure what he’d offer conversation wise but would definitely make it an interesting meeting!)
Gryffin (my main character – again, he’s not great at conversation but he’d be someone for Zsadist to grunt with or beat fists with)
I work as a freelance proofreader so I’m either writing or editing other people’s writing – not a bad way to spend the day 🙂 I don’t proofread my own work though. I find it impossible to track down every error. I think it’s because I ‘know’ what should be written so I don’t notice the errors. I always get someone else to check my writing.
What is the first book you remember reading on your own?
It was a book about two characters called ‘Ann and Barry’. It was a popular series in Irish schools when I was younger. I can’t even remember what it was about. Growing up, I’d read a lot of Famous Five and Secret Seven books. I always wanted to go on adventures like that. Never really happened, but at least I get to send my characters on crazy adventures – not a bad consolation!
You have to run an obstacle course. Who do you invite along (living or dead, real or fictional)? Will there be a tasty libation involved?
My character Gryffin because with him on side I’d definitely complete it. Alan Rickman (amazing actor) to commentate. Spider Shepherd and Nick Stone as their SAS training will come in useful. Finally Captain Jack Sparrow to provide the post-course rum (hopefully he’ll leave some for the rest of us)
About K. A. Finn
I grew up on the South East coast of Ireland before moving to a rural smallholding on the Welsh marches. After studying media production, I enjoyed a working career in veterinary nursing, financial services and, most recently, in the electrical and engineering industries. Opportunity offered me the chance to write and publish the first book of the Nomad Series, Ares; a concept that had been written and re-written (and re-written again) for more than 20 years, evolving, and developing with each year. My writing incorporates science fiction with elements from past and present, and hints of Celtic mythology.
My passion for writing science fiction integrates with a busy family life, freelance proofreading and agricultural interests.
Any free time is spent reading Stephen Leather, Andy McNab, J.R. Ward, Lee Child, James Rollins, and J.D. Robb.
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He wasn’t expected to survive — no one else did — and for twenty years, he has managed to stay off their radar. Until now. Until her…
Gryffin was the sole survivor of The Foundation’s experimental project to transform human children into hybrid cyborgs – half human, half machine. The program failed and he was sent on a one way trip into The Outer Sector where he was left for dead. He has survived for twenty years by suppressing his human emotions and embracing his machine side.
Officer Terra Rush believes in her duty to the Foundation. The Sector needs to be prepared for colonization, and nothing can stop her from doing her job…except him. When Gryffin saves her from an attack, Terra uncovers a terrible secret. The Foundation has been lying to her…and maybe they still are.
They have labelled Gryffin a killing machine, yet he acts more human than many of The Foundation’s leaders. He has awakened intense feelings in Terra that throw her loyalties into question, and even though he pushes her away, she is determined to find out the truth about the cyborg program.
Gryffin refuses to be a mindless soldier, yet escaping The Foundation’s control and stopping the colonization of his home will require Terra’s help. Can Gryffin overcome the machine inside and trust her? Or will getting in touch with his human emotions destroy him once and for all?
K. A. Finn is graciously offering up 1 Audible.com or Audible.UK Audiobook of Ares. To enter, do the Rafflecopter thing below, or answer the following in the comments: 1) Do you have an Audible.com or Audible.UK account? 2) What hero duos are your favorites? 3) Leave a way to contact you (email or twitter or facebook). Giveaway ends midnight June 10, 2016.