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)
I was daydreaming one day about being on a big game safari, and a poem started flowing about the hunter being in the last split second of his life because a lion was in mid-air, aimed him. What would his last thought be?
How do you feel about having an illustration accompany your story?
It’s a great idea—I want one of the most ripingest, tearingest, ferocious lions ever—in mid-air, ready to rip apart the puny invader.
What writing projects are you working on at the moment?
I have finished a novel with the expert help of Elizabeth Hull (C.N. Lesley), and it is in the final editing stages before seeking a publisher. It is called Bringing Home the Good War, and it is about a strong and wonderful man, a pediatric surgeon, who evolves into a serial killer of bad people after his family is killed in a home invasion. It’s a bit like Death Wish, but is not so much a story of revenge as one of redemption—how the good doctor pulls himself out of his tragic spiral.
The most important question – Cats or dogs?
I’ve always had a domestic cat in the house (but never treated them like the hunter in “Animal” 🙂 They amaze me, even with their small size, how ferocious and independent they can be and, at the other end of the spectrum, how they can purr, and rub and insinuate themselves into our human hearts.
1. What genre of music do you love?
In another, non-author, life, I am a mobile dance DJ, and have learned to love just about every genre out there, except maybe hard opera and, even there, I can appreciate the training and the Olympic skill level the artists attain. If someone were to force me to choose one, Fresh Country
2. What’s the worst present you’ve been given?
I’ve puzzled over this far too long, and have to admit I don’t think I have ever been given a bad present.
3. If you were an animal, what would you be?
I feel deeply I should say “a lion” but, to be honest, I’ve always thought I would make a great eagle.
4. Pick 2 celebrities to be your parents, why them?
J.R.R. Tolkien and Karen Carpenter. With writing and vocal skills like that, I could own the world.
5. What was the last gift you gave someone?
A stationary bicycle to my son and his wife, to help them keep fit. But I wasn’t thinking how mundane it would sound when I had to answer an interview question about it 🙂
6. A penguin walks through your front door wearing a flat cap and smoking a pipe, what does he say and why is he here?
He’s here to improve my lot in life, and he says:
“David, why sit you here on your duff?
Get up lad, lift and run and make yourself buff!
Or sing a song all night long you’ll never go wrong.
Let me entice you to pay the price and be nice,
The whole wide world will love you, make statues of you,
But let me tell you this, give everyone a candy kiss
And treat them nice, don’t cheat them twice,
You’ll wear a cap so fine and smoke a pipe like mine.”
7. What’s your favourite food?
It’s actually a drink, jugo de sandilla, watermelon juice, that I had forty years ago in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. As the name implies, its base was fresh watermelon, but it was blended with some kind of non-alcoholic nectar that made it the most memorable thing I’ve ever eaten or drunk. I’ve tried duplicating it over the decades with little success. Someday, I’ll have to return to the little cafe that serves it.
8. If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?
I would shoot the sides of the blender with my RPG and, being careful to not injure myself on the shards of glass, walk out and go deal with the amateur who shrunk me while I had an RPG launcher in my pocket.