Author Interview: Finian Black
I would like to introduce Author Finian Black, the winner of the BRAG Medallion for his book, “The Nightmare Stone.”
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Finian, it is a pleasure to be interviewing you. Could you please tell me about your book, The Nightmare Stone?
Hi, Stephanie. Thank you so much for interviewing me. It’s a real pleasure. To answer your questions:
’The Nightmare Stone’ is about normal people thrown into a very abnormal situation. The main character is a family man, disillusioned with work, who gets the opportunity to give his wife and daughter a life they could only have dreamed of. But dreams have a nasty habit of turning into nightmares! It combines some of my favourite ghost story themes, namely the spooky old house, people who aren’t always what they seem, and historical references to place it all in context. Then I throw in a literary twist that has surprised a lot of readers.
Who or what inspired you to write this story?
Without wanting to give too much away, my son was completely obsessed with Peter Pan when he was about four. I went back to the original novel, to get beneath the skin of the Disney version that is so familiar to us all. There is so much darkness there, I knew I had to use it as the basis for this book. Secondly, I’ve suffered from significant episodes of insomnia, and that experience coloured the story.
How long did it take you to write, The Nightmare Stone?
I started sketching out the story in late 2009, then started writing it in late 2010 before abandoning it because it just wasn’t working. I hadn’t found the right balance of the past and present. A chance discussion with a good friend took me back to the manuscript and I finished the first draft a few weeks later. Then it was re-written before the editing and proof reading phase, so in total about a year.
Do you have to have a certain mind-set to write these types of stories? If so, please explain.
That’s a great question. I think you do. I think you need to be able to see the darkness that lurks beneath the surface of so many everyday situations. I’m not a fan of blood and guts and gore. I prefer the scare that comes from the shadow in the corner, the movement out of the corner of the eye. I like to imagine what lurks behind the mirror.