The Atomic Circus
by K.C. Finn
Series: Caecilius Rex # 1
Publication date: March 9th 2013
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery
A story is never a good story unless it starts with a murder. The more unusual the murder, the better the story, generally speaking. Meet Caecilius (KAI-KILL-EE-USS) Rex, a young detective in the not-too-distant future, a smog-filled post apocalyptic world riddled with crime and conspiracy. When a new case quite literally falls at Rex’s feet, he teams up with his neighbour and associate Kendra Nai, an ex-army sergeant recently dismissed, to investigate. Little do they know that the events of The Atomic Circus will be the first step to solving the case of a lifetime.
~Interview with K.C. Finn~
Welcome to My Book Addiction, Kim! I’m so thrilled to have you here. How are you doing today?
Apart from swimming through an unending pile of university work, I’m doing ok! I have a giant cup of tea in from of me (because some British stereotypes are true) and I’m ready to chat!
I am a huge fan of Indie authors, obviously. Can you tell us the pros and cons of being an Indie author?
Wow that’s a loaded question! I guess the cons are definitely the amount of time that gets drained away by having to do all the things that a publisher would normally do like making graphics and banners, running promotions and giveaways and just generally pounding the virtual pavements to get your book into review groups and the like, it’s stressful!
But at the same time those hours you spend doing that actually bring about the best pro of being indie which is having that direct connection to your readers. I love getting to know fellow authors and I’ve made so many friends through my books, which would never happen if you were signed with a huge publisher. In that respect I fully intend to stay indie for as long as possible!
Do you remember the exact moment you knew you were going to be a published author? How did that realization make you feel in that moment?
It didn’t really sink in until the book was actually physically in my hands. When I was able to pull it down from the Kindle store and see it listed on Amazon I was like “Huh, that’s pretty cool”, but holding the paperback copy was a whole different experience! I held onto it like a newborn and carried it from room to room so it was with me all day! Even now sometimes I pick up one of my books and some shadows of that enormously proud feeling creep back in! It’s a good feeling.
I understand you listen to 1950’s rock & roll. So do I! Who is your favorite artist from that time?
Wow you have done your research! And it’s so nice to find another rock ‘n’ roller. I adore Frankie Vaughan, Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley, but I’d have to say my top three artists would be Paul Anka, Connie Francis and Neil Sedaka. There’s something so wonderfully simple and raw about emotion in this style of music, it really is just singing exactly what you feel and I admire that kind of courage in song writing. Plus they’re just totally swinging tunes daddy-o!
The Caecilius Rex series is a combination of science fiction and crime mystery. Do you find that you read a lot within those genres or do you read a little bit of everything? Is there any genre that you don’t enjoy reading?
I don’t generally read crime at all actually, apart from the old standards like Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, etc., the reason being that it’s all too gory and frankly unpleasant in modern literature. Personally I want to solve a good mystery surrounding the crime, not spend a week in the twisted mind of the killer. So I feel what I provide in my detective series is the less-disturbing version where readers of all kind can enjoy puzzling out the mystery without fear of something really nasty suddenly making them want to put down the book! I do read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy books which help me to keep my head out of reality (always good for a sci-fi writer)!
The genre I don’t enjoy at all, sadly, is romance. I don’t ever seem to be able to find a story where the characters aren’t practically perfect in every way and jumping all over each other in every single chapter. Call me old fashioned, but I want some substance in my romances, and some humanity and flaws.
When something isn’t going the way you’d hoped or you’re feeling down, what is your go-to comfort food?
Actually I’m a funny one like that. When I’m unhappy I don’t eat, sometimes for the whole day, so comfort food doesn’t really exist in my world. When I’m writing I frequently forget to eat and drink, usually for hours on end, which is a big annoyance to my family, and when things are taking a bad twist or I’m struggling to write I’m much more likely to sleep than eat.
What are the winning characteristics of the perfect hero/heroine in your opinion?
Well now this will be a point of conjecture, because I actually prefer to write protagonists who are decidedly not very heroic at all! My main character Caecilius is flawed and damaged in quite a lot of ways, he has plenty of gaps in his skillset and can sometimes be totally inept! I think the key characteristic for me is that a hero should make the right decision when it counts, and if he doesn’t he ought to regret it!
What type of research did you have to do prior to beginning the Caecilius Rex series?
Well because the series is set in a world of my own creation I didn’t have to stick to huge amounts of traditional research in order to bring the stories to life. My process therefore involves developing the world I’ve created, the locations, the laws, the toxic atmosphere of the outside world, all these things have to be consistent from story to story for the world to hold up. So I’m constantly re-reading and building upon my own creation to sustain that.
Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers that we don’t know about you or couldn’t find online?
I’ll give you something that plenty of people have asked me about, but it hasn’t been recorded anywhere online as far as I know: the reason behind the toxic smoke in the world of Caecilius Rex.
The toxicity comes from the fact that Cae’s generation is paying the price for a world in a post-nuclear state, where war, pollution and the general destruction of mankind has resulted in most of the planet being engulfed in poisonous smoke. Natural features such as plants and animals are now incredibly rare and are preserved in bio-domes and laboratories, whilst food is processed and highly artificial. It is in this world that the new generation are trying to survive the best they can, using a combination of old and new technologies to sustain life, with devices such as the interior air filters and gas masks that you see in the books.
As the series goes on these ideas will be revealed and expanded upon, but for now that’s the basic background for those who are interested.
Thank you so much for being here with us today. It’s been wonderful chatting with you!
The pleasure’s all mine! Please check out my post The Town That Inspired The Caecilius Rex Series as part of the Scavenger Hunt for PJ Blog tours!
~About the Author~
Born in South Wales to Raymond and Jennifer Finn, Kimberley Charlotte Elisabeth Finn (known to readers as K.C., otherwise it’d be too much of a mouthful) was one of those corny little kids who always wanted to be a writer. She was also incredibly stubborn, and so has finally achieved that dream in 2013 with the release of her first two novellas in the four-part Caecilius Rex saga. As a sufferer with the medical condition M.E./C.F.S., Kim works part time as a private tutor and a teacher of creative writing, devoting the remainder of her time to writing novels and studying for an MA in Education and Linguistics.
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