Felinity, noun, plural fel-in-ities. 1. The quality of being cat-like. 2. A divine being, a cat.
Grimbold Books is proud to present our first Kristell Inkling, a collection of feline inspired flash fiction stories written by authors from all around the world.
This collection celebrates what we regard as the most important factor when writing: write foremost for pleasure. The stories showcased in this book are full of laughter, grit, odd contraptions and a lot of fur, with a loud purring nod to our beloved genres of science fiction and fantasy.
From A.F.E Smith’s unique twist on Schrödinger’s cat, to Joel Cornah’s world-jumping old queen, from Clare Neilson’s steampunk creation to Tina Closser’s dragon fighting dreaming kitty, these alternate feline worlds are bound to delight sci fi/fantasy readers and cat lovers alike.
Sounds like the perfect coffee table book, right? Right?
Stay tuned… below is an interview with one of the FELINITY authors…
Where to buy:
Note: Prices are those set by Kristell Ink. Amazon has a tendency to play…
USA $2.99 UK £1.99 (Smashwords = all Ebook formats)
Meet the author: David Cohen
David is a member of the Dunedin Writers Workshop (of which I am currently President/Chair person), so when it was suggested that I interview one of the FELINITY authors, I eagerly took the chance to boost the signal of a local…
Take it away David…
Tell us about something that has just happened or is about to happen in your life that you would like to share.
I’m planning on doing some overseas travel to do some research for a book.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Yes I do, but what it turns into (Novella to series is all open) I’ll only know when the characters tell what they plan to do.
What books have influenced your writing?
George Orwell – ‘A homage to Catalonia’ and ‘Why I write’ for his heart,
mind and use of language.
Annie Proulx – pretty well anything but her short stories in particular because
of her economy.
Arthur Clarke – for making Science Fiction a lot more than Space Opera.
W.S. Churchill – for demonstrating that some expressions can be so well
turned they look like they’ve come off a lathe.
Antony Beevor – ‘Stalingrad’, ‘Berlin’ and most of everything else he’s written
because it proves non-fiction can be more engaging than much fiction.
Patrick Susskind – ‘Perfume’ in translation because it is what it is.
Anais Nin – for demonstrating the most outré subjects can be written about
with great beauty and subtlety.
Pat Barker – The Regeneration Trilogy.
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Neil Gaiman, for no better reason than I like his writing and would hopefully
get to meet his wife (Amanda Palmer) whose music I love. Kind of a 2-for-1 deal.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
Printed: personal favourite are the Penguin Everyman paperback editions with the simple banded covers as my parent’s copies of these from the 1950s were my introduction to reading and symbolise most things good about the way reading is pretty much the ultimate in democracy. Also have a weakness for two-hand-lift art, design and architecture books, where when you open them for the first time you get that amazing waft of the ink and printing that rises to meet you in a heady, intoxicating cloud and the colours rush up to like excited puppies.
Where do you prefer to buy your books?
Some on-line when I’m after something out of the way, and also try and support my local, independent bookshop (Otago University Bookshop) whenever I can.
Are you a self published (Indie) Author?
Not yet, but planning to.
What book would you like to read again?
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – as an 8 year old, again. Or Pat Barker’s ‘Regeneration’.
Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
2001 – Clarke’s book is solid, but Kubrick’s movie is…I’ll get back to you when I can come up with the words.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
Dear God: Magpie mind at work.
‘The Spanish Civil War’ – Hugh Thomas
‘Accordion Crimes’ – Annie Proulx
‘Modern – New Zealand Homes from 1938 to 1977’ – Ed. Jeremy Hansen.
‘Under Fire’ – Henri Barbusse (In English translation)
‘Theft – A love story’ – Peter Carey – (talking book in the Car – that count?)
Are there any Authors that have grasped your interest recently and why?
Janice Galloway – saw her speak at the Dunedin Writer’s week and her political views, her way of speaking her mind and mordant Scottish sense of humour impressed the hell out of me so I bought a book of her short stories I’m saving as a treat.
Who designed the cover of your book?
Ken Dawson of Creative Covers.
Do you buy a book by the cover?
No, but will admit to being attracted by simple, abstract cover designs –
e.g. Penguin Everyman.
Do you have a book trailer?
What are your thoughts on book trailers?
Current fashion but seem to be more white noise unless you are aiming for a particular market – a bit like Twitter. If you’re writing for people who are primarily readers, not watchers, why would you do it?
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep writing – not an original idea.
Do you write under a pen name?
No, but have thought about it.
What date were you born? – you can leave off the year if you like.
Southern Hemisphere winter…
What’s your favourite song to sing in Karaoke? Why?
Karaoke is an instrument of the Devil.
Did you have a favourite toy as a child?
Meccano and my father’s workshop.
If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?
The Dancing Bear.
If you could date any celebrity, who would it be and why?
Salma Hayek: and not completely for the obvious reasons – she put up a lot of her own cash to back the film ‘Frida’, about Frida Kahlo: kind of suggests she would be a very interesting dinner companion…
Which Muppet do you most identify with?
Muppets? What are you suggesting? Fozzie bear: it’s the haircut.
What are your pet peeves?
All political and tediously earnest – but nonetheless important.
Have you ever jumped out of a plane?
In the air? Why would I do that?
Most frequent song played?
‘Singapore’ – Tom Waits, although Delany Davidson is kind of on high-rotate at the moment.
Can you fake any accents?
In my writing or my speaking voice?
Most hated chore on the household chore list?
Painting: good at it but don’t enjoy it.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Ummmm, if I could enumerate them, wouldn’t that make them revealed talents? And isn’t that a biblical reference?
Once, just to attract attention, I…
Grassy Knoll. Want me to go on?
What punctuation mark best describes your personality? Why?
? A hint: my favourite quote is ‘ask an impertinent question and you are on the way to a pertinent answer’ – Jacob Bronowski
White wine or red?
Coffee or tea?
Beer. No. Wait. Coffee.
Do you like to cook? Do you have a favourite food?
For others, yes. Basil Pesto
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream?
Anchovies, capers and chilli.
What are 4 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
A reason, a notebook, a camera, underwear.
Laptop or desktop for writing?
Longhand then desktop.
Your favourite gadget –
Adjustable spanners or fountain pens because you can get most things done with them.
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
Quiet, warm, sunny. Location optional.
Your thoughts on receiving book reviews – the good and the bad –
If constructive, good or bad: great. If destructive and whiny: fuck ‘em. Not that I would read reviews…
Where is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?
Bilbao for the Guggenheim Museum or Seattle for the Boeing Assembly Plant floor.
One of your favourite quotes –
‘The hand is the cutting edge of the mind’ – Jacob Bronowski.
List 3 books you just recently read and would recommend?
‘Stalingrad’ – Antony Beevor
‘Delta of Venus’ – Anais Nin
‘Snuff’ – Terry Pratchett
List 3 of your favourite movies?
Wings of Desire
A very Long Engagement
The Grand Budapest Hotel
What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed?
Rake – the writing is just so damn good. ‘Only Lovers left Alive’ – the look, the feel, and Tilda Swinton’s performance. I don’t think she needs makeup to make an entirely convincing Vampire…
Where can your readers stalk you?
‘Stalk’ is such a prejudicial term…