Here are some frequently asked questions about the Finn Fancy books and my writing of them.
A: No, it is more humorous than dark, and is a contemporary fantasy for adults, but could easily be read as YA.
The main character, Finn, was exiled at the age of 15 from our world into a kind of Fey limbo and is returning to his body now at age 40. He’s dealing with the changes of Sudden Onset Adulthood, the fact that his plans to code BASIC games for the Commodore 64 are a bit outdated in a world where a phone has more computing power than the WOPR, and is still hoping to get together with his high school crush of course, so between that and the snarky tone, I think it will appeal equally to both YA and adult readers.
Q: Wait, you have sasquatches but no zombies?
A: Indeed. It does have sasquatches and gnomes and other fun creatures, as well as some ghosts, but no zombies. It’s not that kind of book. Not that zombie novels aren’t cool too.
A: Nope. I’m a child of the 80s, and a lot of the 80s references, as well as Finn’s character, are based on my own experiences.
I’ll admit, I still haven’t read Ready Player One (mainly because I didn’t want to be influenced by it since it came out while I was in the middle of writing Finn Fancy Necromancy). Maybe I’ll go and read it now that I’m moving on to the 90s.
A: I’d say it is somewhere between Charles de Lint and Jim Butcher on the Urban Fantasy spectrum, but with a touch of Christopher Moore and Terry Pratchett.
When I first began writing it, I described it as Arrested Development meets Dresden Files, but that changed and evolved as I actually wrote it.
A: I’d just finished several years of working on complex, research-heavy epic fantasy novels that I ultimately didn’t like. I was burned out. I just wanted to write something that would be as fun and easy to write as to read. So I started writing what became the first chapter of FFN, without worrying about where it was going or what it was about, just trying to make it as fun and full of thrills and magic as I could.
Once I had that first chapter, I sat down and figured out where it was going, and I just kept the words “Fun and Dramatic” as a guideline.
A: I decided that rather than making Finn a loner bad ass wizard or demon hunter, I’d make him a reluctant magic user from a dysfunctional family of magic users. And I wanted that family to have a magical business, one that Finn wasn’t excited about being committed to, one that had a real negative cost to him, and necromancy seemed a good fit.
Necromancy is the ability to speak with the dead, and to control or raise ghosts or dead beings.
No, necromancy is not romance with the dead. My book does have some romance, and it has ghosts, but nobody gets it on with a ghost (in book 1 anyway).
A: Nope (not that I’ll ever admit). I was binge-watching Arrested Development at the time I developed FFN, so that may have had an influence.
A: It may change over time, but right now, my favorite is Finn’s brother Petey. Pete is just a big, lovable teddy bear of a guy who thinks he’s a werewolf because of a childhood dog bite (but he really isn’t). I have a real soft spot in my heart for Pete. It kills me every time I hurt the poor guy.
On the other hand, his sister Sammy is pretty awesome too, a hacker who’s allergic to magic. She’s the only one who’s inspired me to write a spin off story thus far, the tale of how she meets her girlfriend and deals with a unicorn televangelist cult leader.
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