Felinity Interview – Jane Dougherty
Hi and welcome to Team Grimbold! Felinity is set to be the first publication under the Kristell Inkling imprint, and we’re thrilled to have you on board. Tell us about yourself. (Please include links to blogs/sites/Twitter/published works etc)
Well, you asked for strange so it wasn’t going to be a story about a moggy stretched out on the radiator. Cats are strange creatures, on the cusp of domesticity but with their ears open for the call of the wild. My story is set in a strange, unsettling world. If there was to be an animal appear in it, the chances are the animal would be a cat.
How do you feel about having an illustration accompany your story?
I’m looking forward to seeing it. I know what I imagine for the story, but each reader will have a different idea.
What writing projects are you working on at the moment?
My first project, a YA fantasy series, The Green Woman, is almost finished, or it was. I’m waiting to get the third volume back from my trusty editor/critique partner, but I’m also revising the first volume with the intention of rereleasing it as it looks as though I have recovered my rights. I’ll self-pub this time unless I get a wild offer from a big publisher.
I’m also querying a historical fantasy set in an alternate tenth century. I have a collection of stories, retellings of Irish myths, waiting to be polished, and a YA post-apocalyptic fantasy, in theory finished, and waiting for me to get round to doing something with it.
The most important question – Cats or dogs?
I’m easy with both. They’re all unique so I take them as I find them, like people. I think we get more attached to pets that appear to depend on us, so dogs score on that point, but cats balance things up with their go-to-hell attitude.
1. It’s the zombie apocalypse, how do you survive? – I’d get my husband to think of something. He’s good with his hands and terribly practical. He’d rustle up some kind of zombie blaster and make the house zombie proof. Left to my own devices I’d be one of the first to get zombified.
2. Who would you like to say sorry to? – I’d apologise to my children for not being a good role model. I haven’t been able to show them that working hard at school and spending years at university will get them a good job and a carefree existence.
3. If you could sit down with your 15-year old self, what would you tell him or her? – Not to worry about the crappy job you’ll take straight after university; it has it’s advantages. They’ll send you to work in Paris and you’ll never look back.
4. What is your worst character trait? –I procrastinate.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? – In a little stone house in a garden surrounded by trees and no neighbours.
6. What do you think of garden gnomes? – This might not be the right answer but I think they are an abomination. They should be rounded up, melted down and recycled as something useful. Anybody who thinks plastic gnomes have a place in a garden should be told about flowers.
7. Do you believe in magic? -Depends what you mean by magic. Nature is magic as far as I’m concerned: the way our planet hangs in the middle of nothing, rotating round the sun; why the sky is blue and rivers run; what makes the tides flow, and flowers and babies grow.
8. What’s your biggest regret? -That I didn’t start doing what I really enjoy doing years ago.