Interview #75, with “compulsive, convoluted, and complex” writer, Kimberley Finn!
Describe yourself in 5 words:
Compulsive, Convoluted, Complex, Consistent and Complicated!
Share a short blurb of your work (10-100 words):
The Atomic Circus: A Futuristic Mystery
A story is never a good story unless it starts with a murder. The more unusual the murder, the better the story, generally speaking. Meet Caecilius (KAI-KILL-EE-USS) Rex, a young detective in the not-too-distant future, a smog-filled post apocalyptic world riddled with crime and conspiracy.
When a new case quite literally falls at Rex’s feet, he teams up with his neighbour and associate Kendra Nai, an ex-army sergeant recently dismissed, to investigate. Little do they know that the events of The Atomic Circus will be the first step to solving the case of a lifetime.
Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):
Yet each man kills the thing he loves
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!
Some kill their love when they are young,
And some when they are old;
Some strangle with the hands of Lust,
Some with the hands of Gold:
The kindest use a knife, because
The dead so soon grow cold.
– Oscar Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:
The writing process is easily the more enjoyable of the two for me. Words flow like blood when I cut open the proverbial vein of imagination, and there’s nothing better than seeing the page fill up with your newly crafted ideas, even if they don’t all get used.
As a self-published author the publication process is a double-edged sword, because it’s very easy to put your work out there and be excited by seeing your books in print, but you can often feel swallowed up in the sea with the thousands of other people worldwide trying to get their work noticed. I believe that perseverance and networking are the true keys to success here, just as they would be if I was trying to secure a big time publisher, but I would rather be connecting directly to my audience and keeping my artistic freedom to write exactly as I wish.
Nicely said! What is your definition of “good writing”?
It keeps you reading, it gives you an emotional reaction (be it good or bad!), and most importantly it never inhibits your ability to understand or enjoy the story being told, because to me the story is far more important than the writing.
Please share your #1 tip for writers:
As a teacher of writing I have five top tips that I give to my
classes, so I’ll share them all here:
* Keep going, even if you don’t think anyone cares.
* If you like what you’re writing, then there’ll be at least one other
person out there who will too, so write for them if not yourself.
* Write every day. And that’s not every day that you feel like it. I
mean every single day.
* Don’t be afraid to big yourself up and make a big deal of your work.
* Take every opportunity that comes at you to show off your work and
Cool tips! Your websites/blogs/etc:
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Much thanks to K.C. Finn for stopping by — do visit Kimberley’s Website for more info on her projects!
K.C.’S BIO (in her own words):
Born in South Wales to Raymond and Jennifer Finn, Kimberley Charlotte Elisabeth Finn (known to readers as K.C., otherwise it’d be too much of a mouthful) was one of those corny little kids who always wanted to be a writer. She was also incredibly stubborn, and so has finally achieved that dream in 2013 with the release of her first two novellas in the four-part Caecilius Rex saga.
As a sufferer with the medical condition M.E./C.F.S., Kim works part time as a private tutor and a teacher of creative writing, devoting the remainder of her time to writing novels and studying for an MA in Education and Linguistics.
Her website is The Proverbial Raven.
NOTE: K.C. is launching a new magazine in August called Indie Book Buffet. Keep a lookout for it as there’s a cool giveaway with the debut issue!
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