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Laura James! CONGRATULATIONS! Please contact me with your address so I can get the book posted out to you.
Okay, so on with tonights show. Tonight we have an amazing flash fiction piece from Ken Mooney, and trust me when I say this, you are in for a real treat!
The Fall Of Bacchus Flash Fiction Piece
She looks in the mirror once more, smoothing the non-existent creases across her white bodice, feeling the intricate embroidery on her fingertips. She tries to hold a pose, dignified steel in her eyes, but can’t resist the smile that spreads across her lips, the wonder and glee in her eyes.
Let's Get To Know Ken A Little Bit More
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Where did you grow up?
What made you start writing?
I've always wanted to do it. I think I started with something that would best be described as "fanfiction" now, though I hate that word. That's right, Power Rangers fan-fiction. I went there…(I was eight…)
Is it something that you have always wanted to do?
Yep, absolutely. I can't think of a time where I've ever not wanted to, or where it wasn't on the cards in some form.
What is your favourite genre to read, and do you have any favourite books or authors you would like to recommend?
I love all sorts of genres, and it's one of my pet peeves to generalise by genres: there are amazing genre books, and there's an awful lot of trash out there. But the same goes for literary fiction and the classics.
On the fact of it, I guess I like horror, fantasy, sci-fi thrillers, but usually ones with a real-world focus. I'm a big fan of writers that can write a traditional novel but with a genre twist, writers like Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton-Ellis, Douglas Coupland.
Though I think that could say more that I'm a fan of broken characters rather than specific genres.
Do you ever base your characters on anyone that you know, or are they solely from your imagination?
I'd love to say no, but I think that would be a lie: I think all writers take elements of the world around them when building a world or the characters within that world.
Strictly speaking, that's still a no. But there are expressions, turns of phrase, relationships between characters that I have…borrowed from real life. Perhaps two characters might interact in a fashion similar to a couple I see on the bus, or a character might look lik someone I used to work with, but that's only one small aspect of that character or what makes them. I don't think I'd ever be brave enough to base a character fully on anyone I know.
About your book‘s.
Tell us about your latest book. The story/plot.
The latest release is called Godhead, and it's a dark fantasy that brings the Greek gods to the present day. It's a story of gods and demons, with humans stuck in the middle of an epic struggle that they could never truly comprehend.
The gods of Olympus have been betrayed by Aphrodite; the city's been destroyed and the gods are left roaming the earth, trying to fit in with humanity. Thousands of years later, some of their descendants try to continue their work, and Godhead follows a handful of these descendants, only some of whom know who and what they are. Into the middle of this mix, Aphrodite rears her head once more, thinking he might have found a way home. And that our characters' inexperience may be the key to getting her there.
What gave you the idea?
I've always loved classical mythology and religion, and I've always been a big fan of any story where good fights evil: it's a perfect backdrop for the greater stories about what makes us tick and why. I can't pinpoint a specific time or place that Godhead came about, since it was actually born from a couple of different ideas coming together.
What genre is it?
It's a dark fantasy, but set in the present day, so there's a lot in common with contemporary and urban fantasy, along with a healthy dose of classical and comic-book references.
Who is your favourite character? And why?
When I was first writing the book, I thought my favourite character was Megan: she was an easy character to get into her head, and while I treat the book as an ensemble, she's probably the major character during the book's opening. But then a few drafts later, I'd fleshed out Aphrodite and her motivations, and her character and…there's just something about her that I can't put my finger on, but I absolutely love. She's a villain, but her motivations are pure, and come from a place of very human emotion.
Least favourite character? Oh, that's a tricky one? I find Hannah a bit frustrating to write, all for much the same reasons as I like Aphrodite: Hannah's pretty stuck in her own world, completely and utterly wrapped up in what she considers to be important. She's so anal that it's difficult to get through to her, either as a friend, a reader, or a writer. Mind you, that's exactly how she's supposed to be, so I can't really complain, can I?
What are your hopes for it?
I just genuinely want people to read it and enjoy it. I love to obsess over books, and so far, a few readers have obsessed over the book, which has been pretty cool.
I've quite a visual idea in my head of how everything looks, and I would love to see the day where Godhead gets turned into a comic or a movie or TV series. But it's not for the money or the fame: it's just to see all this cool stuff play out in that visual style.
What’s the project that you’re going to be working on next?
I'm currently working on the sequel to Godhead; it's called The Hades Contract, and I'm hoping to have it out in early 2014.
There's also an unrelated project called The Magician's Kiss that I may revisit if I have the time.
And there's also a non-fiction book too, that I can't really talk about at the moment…but it'll fit in with the general feel of Godhead…
What’s the best piece of advice that you have been given in regards to your writing, and by whom?
I attended a writing seminar in 2012, around the time when I was trying to decide if I really wanted to write something or not, if I truly wanted to do this. It was presented by Vanessa O'Loughlin, though she also publishes as Vanessa Fox. There were two things she mentioned in passing that have run through my mind when writing and editing: the first was to know what your characters' weaknesses are, to know what they're afraid of. I don't think it even needs to be on the page, but you need to know in your head. Also, in terms of description…you should know where the light is coming from. When you're writing a fantasy book, that's especially interesting, because you also know where the shadows are…
If you haven't checked out his novel yet, then I hope that I've convinced you too. Be sure to leave a review in all the correct places after reading too.
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