Today’s guest is James Finan. He’s here to tell us about his novel, Red Gods…
The residents of Fernby Lakes are dead.
Kirk Holt and his four elite mercenaries head into the blood-strewn hideaway deep within rural England. Snow blizzards assail the entire country. Communication links to the outside world sputter; and the MoD’s finest race to find the entity that brought Fernby Lakes to its knees. As humanity’s front line they will encounter streets and suburban houses decorated with corpses, and a town leaky between other worlds.
Passages of lunar journals, magazine snippets, 17th Century folk songs and other documents paste together the ominous history of Fernby Lakes.
With a siren’s song and a whimper from the wind, beware the call of the Shade.
When the time comes for Holt to face the Shade, who will be victor or victim of the other’s rage?
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born in 1983 in the English county of Lincolnshire. It’s a big, empty place where not much happens – part of its charm, I guess. In being a largely unknown part of the UK, it also makes for a great atmospheric setting! Beautiful and bleak in equal portions.Whilst growing up I was a voracious reader, and into all types of obscure horror movies. Other lads were filling their heads with football trivia as I filled mine with the imaginings of Clive Barker, Wes Craven, Stephen King and Tobe Hooper. At school I chose essay-based subjects (English Language and English Literature, History etc.) and my current day job is in the publishing industry – so words have always been my ‘thing’!
When did you begin writing?
At age 14 – this would’ve been in February or March 1998 – I started my first novel, writing it longhand in tattered school exercise books. This horror novel was then redrafted over Summer ’98 on a prehistoric PC (I’ve still got the dog-eared manuscript somewhere). I enjoyed the process so much I never looked back.
Can you tell us about your most recent release?
Red Gods is about a bad week for a lot of people. A freak snowstorm hits England and at the same moment, reports of a massacre creep out of a resort town in Lincolnshire. The Ministry of Defence despatch five of their most elite memebers to enter the town and discern what happened. Upon entering Fernby Lakes they find desolation on every corner – and understand they are humanity’s last stand. As the book unfolds, through reports, documents and flashbacks the true nature of the town ‘s dark past is revealed.
How did you get the idea for the book?
That age-old question. The idea came to me at once, probably as I was about some mundane task, full-formed and complete. I got to work immediately.
Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
Kirk Holt, the fulcrum of the story. The rest all revolves around him. An anti-hero and flawed personality of the highest order, he was great fun to write and I always enjoyed it when he popped up (so long as he was confined to the page . . . Meeting him in person, phew!, no thanks).
What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Probably finding time to commit to it. But, you know what? It’s all good.
What is your primary goal as an author?
To be read; to garner enough interest that I have the opportunity to write my next novel.
What projects are you currently working on?
A novel set in the Nevada desert, entitled Deadworld. It’s a love story, set in the midst of an apocalypse.
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Never give up. Keep going, despite it all. If you’re good enough, someone will notice you sooner or later.
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