Happy Friday, Bibliophiles!
I am excited to share with you today an interview that I had with Francis H. Powell, author of Adventures of Death, Reincarnation, and Annihilation. Learn more about him and his writing below, and be sure to check out his book! I hope that this post brings a lovely start to your weekend.
Death is always a wild adventure, that can’t be ignored. With The Doomsday clock slowly but surely clicking away, our world getting ever more polluted, our weapons of destruction ever deadlier.
Read my book if you want to meet some quirky characters and unusual storylines, with a mix of horror, science fiction, but with elements of wit.
Set in a different time in a variety of settings and time periods, the past, the present, and the future, the book explores the inevitable unknown that lies before us all “death”. Death can arrive in a multitude of forms. Each part of the book explores different themes. There are characters who following their demises have to face up to their lurid pasts. There some who face annihilation and others who are in a crazy pursuit of world destruction. The book aims to contain some ironic twists. Even as young children we build up nightmare visions of what death involves. The reader is often left to distinguish between what is real and what is not, as stories reside within stories and the storytellers can never be fully trusted. Not all the book is doom and gloom, there are Elsa Grun’s bizarre encounters with men and Shellys’ hapless husband Arnie.
Born in 1961, in Reading, England Francis H Powell attended Art Schools, receiving a degree in painting and an MA in printmaking. In 1995, Powell moved to Austria, teaching English as a foreign language while pursuing his varied artistic interests adding music and writing. He currently lives in Brittany, teaching English and history while writing both prose and poetry. Powell has published short stories in the magazine, “Rat Mort” and other works on the internet site “Multi-dimensions.” His first was called “Flight of Destiny” while his most recent is called “Adventures of Death, Reincarnation and Annihilation.”
An Interview with Francis H. Powell
- What are your favorite genres to write?
I suppose dark fiction, however, I can also write in other genres, children’s stories (which are also a bit dark) Comedy/Satire as well as Fantasy and Science Fiction. I am not sure romance would quite be my thing, but at a push, I could do it.
- How many books have you published?
Two. However, I have work in some poetry anthologies and short stories in magazines.
- What are you currently working on?
A children’s book, for my son.
- Who is your favorite author?
- What is your favorite book?
Any book by the above author.
- How long does it take you to write a book?
This is hard to say. Last year I was not very productive, this year (so far) I am very productive.
- Which of your characters was the most fun to write?
The Master in my latest book “Adventures of Death, Reincarnation, and Annihilation. He is a character, who evolves and by the end of the book, we don’t know if he exists at all, or is just in somebody’s wild imagination.
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I tried to write a novel, in Austria, while I was living there, it was a disaster, While living in Paris, I started to write short stories, and things began to develop.
- Where do you get ideas for your books?
As my books are often stories within stories, it is hard to say. With my latest book, I have always been fascinated by death. Reading newspapers that are always predicting the end of the world perhaps got to me. Films can spark the imagination. Strange everyday occurrences could present ideas.
- What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
I look after my son, walk the dog, I like to see films. I can sometimes be found in the garden.