As promised, the release week extravaganza for THE LEGEND OF BUDDY HERO (on sale now at amazon.com and every other amazon outlet #shameless) continues with highlighting some of my favorite independent authors out there.
Today I’ve managed to convince Ken Mooney, author of the recently released Godhead (available now on amazon.com and every other amazon outlet), to stop by and answer a few questions about himself and his new book. I found Godhead a few months ago on authonomy.com and although he only had a few chapters available (I now have the whole darn book loaded up on my kindle and awaiting to be read), I can’t even fully express how amazing of a writer this guy is.
But, you’ve already read enough of my crap lately. . . let’s meet Ken!
I’m Batman; if I say it often enough, I’ll believe it! But really, Ken Mooney. Officially, it’s Kenneth, but nobody calls me that. Unless you’re my mother. And annoyed at me.
2. Where are you from?
Dublin, Ireland. Born and raised and still living here.
3. Why are you here? By that, I mean, what are you trying to promote? Hint: This is probably a good time to sell us on your work
Well I launched Godhead (editor’s note: on sale now at amazon.com and all other amazon outlets) into the world a few weeks ago (as of writing this anyway…) and in amongst all the floundering and madness, some crazy people wanted to know more about it. It’s a contemporary fantasy with its roots in Greek mythology; what if the Greek gods were real and fled the city of Olympus when betrayed by one of their own? Centuries later, their descendants find themselves caught up in a war when one of the gods decides that she wants to return home.
4. What made you decide to do such a thing?
Madness? This was a story that’s been knocking around in my head for a very long time, and already existed in a number of forms. I’ve always wanted to write, ever since I found out that people could write stories and other people would read and enjoy them. So early 2012 I signed up for a once-off “Getting Published” class at a small writing school here in Dublin and that gave me the confidence and push to finally put Godhead (editor’s note: on sale now at amazon.com and all other amazon outlets) out into the world. Which is funny, because I was thinking of a different book entirely when I went on the course.
5. Are you proud of it? Why?
Of course I am. And even if it gets slated, I’ll still be proud of it. I’m a perfectionist; I know if can be better, and every time I’ll look at it, I’ll see something I could have said or done differently. But for the sake of my own sanity, I had to let it go. And now it’s up to Godhead (editor’s note: on sale now at amazon.com and all other amazon outlets) to look after itself.
I think the real test though was that, when I was going through it multiple times to edit, there were still moments that sent a chill down my spine.
6. What is your favorite word in your book? If that’s too difficult, favorite phrase?
Word? Eesh…I don’t know. There’s a lot of silly little things that I’m really proud of.
Each section of the book starts with a short invocation of the Muse that I try to channel the classical style, and I think they really set the tone for what follows. Similarly, the name of my epilogue (nope, not saying it here!) is a particularly interesting play on words and, if you’re familiar with the Classics, it should give you a bit of a grin.
There are also a few similes and metaphors that I love; bearing in mind that this is a story about gods, not all of them make sense. And that’s the way it’s meant to play out, because in my head, these gods are so far above us mere mortals that they experience things differently. One of those involves “warm honey dripping through a soul” and I quite like the…ickiness and sensuality of such an expression. There’s a lot of that throughout the book. Some people mightn’t like it, but it’s their loss!
7. How long did it take you to create this?
This version of Godhead (editors note: did you get it yet?) took about a year, but that’s not really a fair assessment. Its original form was called Destiny which is still hand-written in an A4 notepad in my childhood bedroom. And there are a few more early drafts called knocking around on old hard drives too. The fact that I haven’t even plugged those hard drives in in about five years should give you some ideas.
8. Any cool stories about what inspired you to do it?
I’m not sure about “cool” stories, but there are a few. As I mentioned, the “Getting Published” writing course gave me a big push and the confidence to challenge myself.
What I think is the biggest inspiration for the book is something that’s included there on the page. Early on in the book, one of my main characters (Megan) watches her grandfather die after a long battle with cancer. It’s a catalyst for getting her involved in the bigger plot, but a lot of the emotions that she feels (and doesn’t) are things that went through my head when the same thing happened to me. Both of my own grandfathers passed away from cancer in 2009 (within a month of each other, which is weird.) And writing those scenes in Godhead helped me to get my head around how I feel. Some friends and family have commented on how personal (and sad) those scenes are, but I’d like to think that they will also mean something to people who don’t know me. And maybe, if they’ve found themselves in a similar position, can find some sense of strength and humour in knowing that it’s happened to someone else.
9. What do you do when you’re not creating artistic masterpieces?
I’m in TV advertising, but I haven’t been for long; I sort of fell into the industry after being made redundant a few years ago, and fell in love with it. So writing is very much something that I do as and when I can.
I’m a big fan of “stories” in all their shapes and forms, so I really like comic books, movies, video games…something that I can see someone else mastering their craft and enjoying it.
10. If you hadn’t done it first, what other artist would be most likely to have written your book?
Wow, I honestly don’t know. I’ve sort of described Godhead as The Iliad-rewritten for a post-Buffy audience. It’s…not right, but I can’t really ignore the influence that Joss Whedon has had on building characters. And Ronald D Moore’s work has been a big influence on how I tell stories.
I’ve a very visual style as Godhead plays out in my head; I don’t know about writing, but I can certainly see Zack Snyder directing the movie adaptation.
Hey Zack, I’ve never met you and this is crazy, but here’s my number…call me? (editors note (to Zack): Maybe?)
11. What are your plans for the future? Sequels? New books? Movies? Book Tours? Hollywood Walk of Fame?
There’s at least two sequels in the works; the next one will be called The Hades Contract and is still very much in flux as I decide to change things completely.
Of course, I’d love a movie or a HBO/Showtime series too…who wouldn’t? But that’s mostly based on the way things play out in my brain.
But really…it’s back to the day job for the moment.
12. Very important. . . where can we find your book? Now that we know you, it’s pretty obvious we all need to have a copy!
Huzzah! Damn right you do.
Currently, Godhead is just on the Kindle, so you’ll see it when you hit up Amazon. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can also get it on the Kindle App for your smartphone, tablet or computer. I’m waiting to finalise details of my print edition, which will probably be through Createspace, but that should be available May 2013. And I should be on other stores and platforms June 2013…
Formatting is fun, kids…
13. Any other ways to contact you? Website, twitter, e-mail address you want filled with spam?
Absolutely. You can’t shut me up on Twitter @kenmooney, and kenmooney.com is served through Tumblr where I mostly just post funny or awesome pictures. And I have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kenmooneywriter where I post slightly less-regular updates about the book. You should like me and boost my ego.
14. Any last notes you’d like to make that hasn’t been covered here, such as why you dedicated your book to Adam?
Umm…Adam, have you been messing with my .epub file again? That dedication wasn’t there yesterday. And neither were those rude words. Aw man, now I need to start again.
But really…the whole “visual style” thing…I have ideas for who should play most of the characters, and I’d really love to hear/see what other people might think too…!
And…y’know, thanks for taking the time to ask the questions, read the answers and maybe even read the book too?