Kimberly T. Hennessy
- We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.
I always have a full plate. I’m currently writing book 2 of The Pogrom War series, which is a sequel to She Runs with Wolves, but I’m also set to write three screenplays this year for three different producers, which will keep me very busy. I’m currently writing a historical fiction set in Ireland and Canada under a pen name as well, which is based on a screenplay I wrote a while back. I also do some copywriting on the side.
- In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.
I have my main book She Runs With Wolves, which is about Eira. A prisoner that discovers she’s pregnant and realizes she must escape the evil King Lorcan if she wants to space her child the same fate. Once she escapes, she falls into the hands of this dubious underground sect bent on reviving the old SIDHE religion. Meanwhile, Eira’s physical, and mental health slow deteriorates, and she doesn’t understand why, until she discovers that to save these people, and her child, Eira must relinquish her humanity.
Meanwhile, Ylva an artificial intelligent being is desperate for a chance at life, and will do anything in her power to reclaim what was lost thousands of years ago.
It is the power of three wolves that unite the two in a battle for supremacy. Their inner war rages as they fight for dominion of the frozen wasteland that is now Earth. It’s a mash up of tribal history and artificial intelligence.
I also have a collection of short stories in The Digital Coup. This is a soft prequel to She Runs With Wolves and gives us glimpse at the world before the apocalypse, and how people lived and the problems they faced in the digital age. It also partially explains artificial intelligence and their influence on humanity and the problems that could arise.
- As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!) I love thinking up the concept. I’m really very creative when it comes to imagery, and bits and pieces of story details. I’m not bad at putting it all together in an imaginative way either, but I do struggle with the more mundane passages that are necessary to the flow of the story. The chapters that link everything together to make it cohesive. This is less of a struggle when writing screenplays, but it’s still a factor. I’m not the kind of person that gets hit by the muse bug and the whole thing writes itself in one sitting. It’s more painstaking than that, hence the nickname the Slow Writer. I take my time to flesh out the plot, and it often very very layered. My husband keeps banging that I need to keep it simple, but I’m just made that way I guess.
The other part is the marketing, which I find hard, are interviews, but it’s part of the job. I understand marketing, and good at it in theory. In practice, I struggle. Once I get to know people, then I’m bubbly and conversational, but it takes time to get there.
Finally, making a living as a writer is hard. I wish it were easier, especially if you’re like me a slow writer. The people that have lots of success usually put out many books in a year, I’m not one of those people. Luckily, I have a loving family that encourage me to keep going, and not give up.
4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning? It’s that moment when all your ideas come together to form a cohesive story. If I’m lucky I get that one lightning strike and I need to work and rework it till it makes sense. It’s a process, but once all my ducks are in a row and have the final layout, I’m very happy. Also, when that lightning does strike it’s an incredible feeling.
- If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.) Frank Herberts political genius. Tolkien’s world building, J.K Rowling’s series building, and Suzanne Collins character development.
I’ve been accused of not enough character development, but perhaps it’s my background in screenwriting, but I don’t like to bog down the story with too many details. I like to keep my writing and my story lean and give the reader the chance to infer some of the reasons behind the character’s choice, although perhaps my background in psychology makes it obvious to me, which is something I need to reflect on for book 2.
6. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best? Haha, my poor protagonist has been through hell. I doubt she will ever forgive me for making her go through some of the terrible, horrific hardship she had endured, but at the end of the day it has made her tough as nails. She is badass, and for that I love and admire her.
7. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why? The book I’m currently reading is a murder\mystery set in the mid 20th century, and the main character is a whiny bloke. Between Eira (my main character) who has endured physical violence, killed to save her child, and conjured up wolves, myself, and the puny bloke, Eira is definitely going to win. For Eira everything is a matter of survival, and I’m just the lackey that follows. 😉
8. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)
I learned that world building needs to be layered. The reader must discover it little by little as the story unfolds. A lot of new writers just information dump because they’ve rehearsed it a thousand times over in their head and they want to get it all down in case they forget some elements and want to make sure to convey it all the way they imagine it. That’s a mistake! World layering needs to breathe, needs to take up space, and it needs to happen throughout the book from the first chapter to the last. It involves all of our senses, and how it makes us feel.
I’m still working on character development, but from what I know so far, it’s about making them three dimensional. At least for me, no one is totally evil, and no one is totally good.
Plot is the hardest. The most interesting for me are the ones that have many subplots intertwined. I have no magic trick. These subplots mix and mingle, and if it works it works, if it doesn’t, it gets the boot. I write of list of plots and subplots and see what will work best, hence the Slow Writer.
9. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.
I love butter tarts, but that neither here nor there. If you love sci-fi\fantasy, dystopian, political intrigue, mysteries, historical fiction, which is dystopian in reverse if you ask me, or you have invented the time machine, let’s connect.
We can connect on my author page on facebook, and I also have a monthly newsletter. My readers always connect with me about the latest Witcher episode, or some show on Netflix, or a book they’re reading they think I might like.
Also, my website has a book trailer. If you sign up, you will get to see the entire short film I produced a few years ago.