Author interview 151 – Kimberly T. Hennessy


Kimberly T. Hennessy

Canada

Age 45

I was born on a cold January 13th with snow banks as far as the eye could see, in a small town called Île Bizard. The surname translates to weird island. I wish I could say it was a Friday. The ominous allure is tempting, but there’s nothing grim about this gal. 

Wide-eyed and cheery, I’m quirky with a side of kook, but I gravitate towards dystopian stories for their world building and character layering, and well, because they’re cool! I’ll admit however my fondness for most genres has kept me entertained many nights into the early morning hours, but isn’t watching movies and reading books part of an author’s job description? At least, that’s what I tell my family when I snap back from utter exhaustion. They’re not convinced. 

It’s no wonder I majored in psychology and science at Montreal’s Concordia University. Human foibles intrigue me, the likes of which have led me to a fulfilling career in writing, screenwriting, and film. After completing my Masters at Staffordshire University in screenwriting, I embarked on this wild journey to create a world with characters that appealed to me, shall we say a mature woman with an odd sensibility for impending doom?    

In between writing my debut novel, my screenplays, and every other story idea I jot down on sticky notes, I’m most likely plotting my next family vacation with my husband and two children, and our potbelly black cat.

The next chapter is a surprise, but I’m looking forward to it, especially if that means eating my way through the fridge as I type away my story.

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What Readers Are Saying:

Hennessy truly wrote a powerful novel. There is plenty of mystery, a bit of romance, characters to love and characters to hate. This book is for anyone who seeks thrills and plot twists, and anyone who has a mind for creativity, and downright anyone who has the ability to read as it will be a classic. – David Baldwin

The worldbuilding is fabulous, the storyline creative, well written and riveting. The characters will pull your heart strings and leave you angry with frustration. I’m so looking forward to book two. – Kay Smillie

The detail that went into the entire story was AMAZING. I can’t say enough times how much I enjoyed reading this book. – Amanda Pecotte

Romelia:   WHAT IS A SIGNIFICANT WAY YOUR BOOK HAS CHANGED SINCE THE FIRST DRAFT?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   It’s been a while, but I do remember I changed the names often. Each name means something significant, and although it might not be relevant to the reader, unless they do their research, but it was important to me. I also changed them to more Gaelic sounding names because I wanted the story to have a folkloric\mythological feel. It was important for me that the book had an Arthurian feel.

Romelia:   WHAT PERSPECTIVES OR BELIEFS HAVE YOU CHALLENGED WITH THIS WORK?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   So many things I learned while writing this novel. For one that creating the story is about 15% of writing and the remaining 85% is editing, which is hard because when you’re starting out in the industry you don’t know the difference between editors, and what type of editor you need, or even having a network to rely on to help set you on the right path. It was a long road.

Romelia:   WHAT INSPIRED THE IDEA FOR YOUR BOOK?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   Initially, it was about a mother searching for her abducted daughter, and then it evolved into some epic tale about the origins of religion, the possible effects of AI on the world, and how would future civilizations view us in the past. I easily get lost in archeological digs, and recovered mummies from around the world, and with the internet having access to these sites is easier than ever.

My story stemmed from Albert Einstein’s quote : “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

I imagined what if a future society is reduced to rubble and the only relics lefts are advanced tech they don’t understand. It would seem like magic, and perhaps they would even venerate it. I was very inspired by Mad Max, maybe you could say I have the female version of Mad Max during Winter.

Romelia:   HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BOOK’S IDEAL READER?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   My ideal reader enjoys YA, New adult, and dystopia, but it’s also for readers that enjoy a more mature protagonist. While most YA main characters are young and learning to navigate their throws into adulthood, as an older woman reading these books, I often felt that these questions are rarely solved once you reach adulthood. In fact, often, people are still trying to figure it out well into thirties and forties.

Romelia:   HOW MUCH RESEARCH DID YOU NEED TO DO FOR YOUR BOOK?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   I had to do a lot of research on Tech and physics. Although, I try to keep up with the latest news because of personal interest, I sometimes I had to dig deep into the nitty gritty to understand let’s say quantum particle theory just to name one.

Romelia:   HOW IMPORTANT WAS PROFESSIONAL EDITING TO YOUR BOOK’S DEVELOPMENT?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   It was extremely important. It’s bottom line the most important thing, and basically transparent. What I mean is that a poorly edited novel will be noticeable and hard to read, whereas a well edited manuscript goes unnoticed because the reader is lost in the story and not the syntax.

Romelia:   WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST SCENE TO WRITE, AND WHY?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   My background is in screenwriting. When I write, I see very vivid scenes in my mind that I sort of know where they will fit within the novel. These scenes are easiest to write, it’s all the ones in between that I find hard. Getting from one scene to the other in a way that flows.

The hardest scene that gave me trouble was probably the scene bloodbath scene towards the end.

Romelia:   WHAT CHARACTERS IN YOUR BOOK ARE MOST SIMILAR TO YOU OR TO PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   I have two main characters Eira the vulnerable, mad, crazy, “badass” who will stop at nothing to get to where she needs to go, and Dwr. He is riddled with guilt, and turmoil and second guesses his decisions. I identify with Dwr but aspire to become Eira.

Romelia:   HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   It took me three years. I know, I know it was very long, which is why I dubbed myself the Slow Writer. My husband always says I make stories too complicated, but that’s how I am. I think up these crazy ideas and just keep layering in thick. I sometimes find myself stuck in corner and need to figure out how to connect all the dots, but if you like complicated storytelling I’m your gal.

Romelia:   HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FOR YOUR BOOK?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   I came across an amazing book called The Women Who Run With The Wolves. It’s about women and their tribe, and it fit so perfectly with my story that I tweaked it to fit my story.

Romelia:   WOULD YOU AND YOUR MAIN CHARACTER GET ALONG?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   I’m not sure. Eira is a loner and has major trust issues. I think it would take years before we could be friends and get along.

Romelia:   IF YOU COULD MEET YOUR CHARACTERS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   I would say to Eira, don’t do it! Don’t go through with the ritual.

Romelia:   WHAT IS YOUR WRITING PROCESS LIKE? ARE YOU MORE OF A PLOTTER OR A PANTSER?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   I’m definitely a plotter. I will outline and outline the outline, but sometimes there comes a point where you actually have to start the writing process to get see where the story can go. I can plot only as far as I can see the scenes unfolding. I will sometimes have major holes in my outline because I have no vision of how that bit unfolds.

Romelia:   WHAT DO YOU NEED IN YOUR WRITING SPACE TO HELP YOU STAY FOCUSED?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   I’m extremely methodological and I rarely need much to stay on task. I make a point to sit down and write.

Romelia:   IF YOU WERE TO WRITE A SPIN-OFF ABOUT A SIDE CHARACTER, WHICH WOULD YOU PICK?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   I would choose Sewerina because she is a complicated character. She not good, but she’s not bad, she’s somewhere in that grey area.

Romelia:   IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANOTHER POPULAR AUTHOR, WHOM WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   Because of my background in film, I would probably pick Denis Villeneuve and Frank Herbert. I love Dune. I think it is one of the most brilliant works to exist. The depth and richness of the world, and the complicated politics are incredible, and although I haven’t seen the new movie yet, I know it will be incredible. There’s nothing I like more than seeing one of my favourite books come to life.

Romelia:   WHAT IS YOUR SCHEDULE LIKE WHEN YOU’RE WRITING A BOOK?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   I write in the morning, and leave the afternoon for paperwork, and other stuff, or the other way around.

Romelia:   HAVE YOU EVER TRAVELED AS RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   I’ve never travelled expressly to research my book, but I have travelled and every single one of my destinations has been used to inspire some element in the book whether it is scenery, dialogue, or characters.

Romelia:   WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WRITING SNACK OR DRINK?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   I like variety. It will depend on the day, but I’m often found sitting with a cup of tea.

Romelia:   HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR BOOK?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   I didn’t celebrate to be honest. I’m too anxious about book launches and marketing and bad reviews, but my family did take me out for supper.

Romelia:   WHAT RISKS HAVE YOU TAKEN WITH YOUR WRITING THAT HAVE PAID OFF?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   This my first novel, I stuck with what I know.

Romelia:   WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU GOOGLED YOURSELF AND WHAT DID YOU FIND?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   I don’t google myself.

Romelia:   WHAT IS YOUR KRYPTONITE AS A WRITER?

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   Bad reviews. I’m a fragile beast.

Romelia:   TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   I once hopped into the wrong car after leaving the convenience store. Once I sat down, the lady in the driver’s seat was looking at me like I was CRAAAAZZYYY, and she looked panicked. Then I panicked and apologized profusely as I tried to get out of the wrong car. It seems I was not paying attention.

Romelia:   DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A FEW SENTENCES. TELL US SOMETHING WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU AND SOMETHING YOU HATE ABOUT THE WORLD.

Kimberly T. Hennessy:   I don’t hate anything about the world. I think it’s a beautiful and scary place, and we need each other if we’re all going to make it to “that great gig in the sky”.

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