Today I am interviewing Randy Henderson, grand prize winner of the Writers of the Future, 2009 Clarion West graduate, and author of the new urban fantasy novel, Smells Like Finn Spirit, final book of the Finn Fancy trilogy.
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DJ: Hey Randy! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Randy Henderson: So if I do this interview, you release me from the binding circle, that’s the deal, right? Fine. I wouldn’t call that “agreeing” exactly.
A little bit about me? Well, interestingly, I only exist as long as you are reading something I’ve written. And you can either measure how fast I am writing, or where I am at in my writing, but not both.
DJ: What is Smells Like Finn Spirit and then the Finn Fancy Necromancy trilogy about?
Randy: I guess if you mashed up Dresden Files and the Addams Family, you’d be pretty close to the Finn Fancy series. I tried for a balance of dark fantasy adventure, and humor.
Finn is from a quirky family of magic users, and was framed for a crime back in 1986, at the age of 15, and his spirit banished to a Fey Other World while a changeling took his place here. At the start of the series, he is just returning to our world 25 years later to his 40-year-old body and immediately framed for a new crime.
The series follows his adventures as he tries to stop the people who framed him from ruining his life and from starting a magical race war. Along the way, he deals with his comically dysfunctional family, sasquatch mercenaries, gnome mobsters, unwanted body hair, a crazed jorōgumo, gets involved with some feyblood activists, starts a matchmaking service for magicals, and tries to figure out the whole dating thing himself.
In Smells Like Finn Spirit, everything comes to a head when the bad guys hatch a plan for a Feypocalypse. Finn, his family and his girlfriend are caught right in the middle of it. Book 3 also features some 90s humor and a couple of scenes inspired by 90s video games. Continue reading