Please welcome Randy Henderson to the blog! Randy’s new book, Finn Fancy Necromancy just came out and he stopped by to answer a few of my questions!
Congrats on the new book! Will you tell us a little about Finn Fancy Necromancy?
Thanks! A little about FFN? Well, it’s an urban fantasy, unless you think urban fantasy is stupid or dead, in which case it is a contemporary fantasy of course. With humor. And 80s references.
Was that a little, or was that a bit? I can never tell the difference between a little and a bit. How many things did I say? Three? I think that’s probably a bit. So one more bit adds up to a little, right? I suck at math. Anyway, let’s see … it stays crunchy in milk?
So, about Finn…how does one cope after being a disembodied soul for 25 years?
Pizza and milkshakes help a lot. And being immediately framed for murder and having to clear your name is a good distraction, though, oddly, not as popular an option as one would think.
You wrote Finn after laboring over a research heavy epic fantasy. Was it as cathartic as you’d hoped? What did you enjoy most about writing it?
Less cathartic, more geekartic. I really enjoyed geeking out on the magic and the creatures and just having fun with it all.
Will you tell us a little more about Port Townsend and Fort Worden, and the “world” of FFN?
Port Townsend is a wonderful, artsy little seaside town full of grand Victorian buildings and funky little shops, and Fort Worden is a fantasy playground full of magical forests and ancient structures. I don’t want to say more. Porty and Forty get all dramatic if I talk about them when they’re not around.
What kind of research did you do for the book?
I Googled Sasquatches (which is also the name of an erotic ebook I wrote under the pen name Dandy McTightpants by the way); I revisited the locations from my book; and I summoned lesser demons and traded in-game loot for secret knowledge from the nether-realms. You know, the usual writerly stuff.
In addition to FFN, you’ve written and published numerous short stories, but what’s one of the first things you can remember writing?
“Fish and Ships” was my first real short story ever, written some 30 years ago. It was about mushroom-like aliens genetically modifying the world’s fish to become a slimy super-army for invasion. Thankfully, we’d seen enough movies involving alien slime assimilation techniques that the government had already ordered all citizens to take small doses of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Slime Pit slime to build up a slime resistance, and we threw the invaders back into the sea.
Oddly, that story didn’t sell.
If you could experience one book again for the first time, which one would it be?
The final book in A Song of Ice and Fire. It was awesome, though I did NOT see that twist coming. Did you? I mean, Hodor is the dragon king? It all makes sense I guess, looking back, but …
What are you currently reading?
I tend to read/juggle several books at once across multiple platforms.
I recently finished reading The Birthday Problem by Caren Gussoff (a post-apocalyptic literary masterpiece), and Luna by Julie Anne Peters (a moving YA novel about a transgender girl).
Now I’m rotating Mort by Terry Pratchett, Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu, Proven Guilty (Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher, and The Sasquatch Hunters Almanac by Sharma Shields.
Those will keep me busy for a while, but as they fall off I have Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor, Beasts of Tabat by Cat Rambo, Waking up Naked in Strange Places by Julie McGalliard, and Homefront by Scott James Magner queued up.
I read this way for multiple reasons:
One, because it keeps my enemies on their toes: I don’t like to follow predictable patterns, or even finish sentences with the expected platypus.
Two, I am crazy busy most the time and have to sneak reading in where I can, which sometimes is on my phone, sometimes on one of those analog paper doohickeys, sometimes audio, and sometimes interpretive dance by a troop of lonely Furries.
Actually, I had to stop reading by Furry interpretive dance after the incident where I tried to take my book on the plane — apparently a book doesn’t count as carry-on when it consists of thirteen socially awkward young men and women wearing animal costumes. The day we can’t take a Furry troop onto a plane as carry-on the terrorists win, my friends, the terrorists win.
And three, my mood changes from moment to moment to — why the hell am I even still answering this question?
Humor is a big part of FFN, but what is something that never fails to make you laugh?
Wait, I meant funny animal videos! Can I change my answer to funny animal videos?
What’s next for you?
Sorry, past Randy, I can’t tell you what’s in store for future Randy as it would further corrupt the timeline, possibly leading to massive tectonic shifts, the breakup of Cage the Elephant, and the end of all life in the universe.
That being said, Khan Noonien Singh is the most dangerous adversary you’ve ever faced.
Also, when you do finally find yourself alone in a room with Hugh Jackman and Selma Hayek, both being high enough on their Oscar wins (for Real Steel 3: The Legobot Luchador) to consider your proposed tryst, you are yourself unfortunately too drunk to follow through on it. Which, since you don’t usually drink, is doubly tragic and likely a fine example of the universe self-correcting to prevent contamination of the timeline (according to string theory (probably)), or of the bedding (according to thread-count theory).
But never fear. Book two, Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free, is amazeballs and everyone loves it.
Except the TSA. Seriously, no sense of humor whatsoever.
About Finn Fancy Necromancy:
Finn Gramaraye was framed for the crime of dark necromancy at the age of fifteen, when the surviving victim of a dark ritual was found in his bedroom. Convicted and exiled to the Other Realm for twenty-five years–twenty-five years as a disembodied soul, tormented by the Others–Finn is now being set free.
But his return is met by a magical attack on his escorts, and he finds the body of the woman he was accused of attacking all those years before, freshly murdered with necromancy–the perfect frame job.
Finn has only a few days to discover who is so desperate to keep him out of the mortal world, and find enough evidence to prove it to Arcane Enforcers who already view him as a criminal.
Unfortunately, his family is little help. Father has become a mad magical inventor. Brother Mort fears that Finn wants to take over the family business. Sister Samantha is now a jaded hacker allergic to magic. And simple but sweet brother Pete still believes he’s a werewolf because of a childhood dog bite.
Finn is joined by Zeke, a former Arcane Enforcer and fellow exile seeking to prove himself worthy of returning to duty–even if that means proving Finn guilty. Together, they will battle magical creatures, family drama, and the challenges of Finn’s love life as they race to solve the mystery of who wants Finn returned to exile, and why.