Getting personal with Israel Finn

My next victim is Israel Finn. He is a very kind, nice and funny guy. Very smart and can hold his own in a conversation. Even though he is a new friend for me I can tell we will get along wonderfully. I highly recommend you getting to know him and reading his work! Please welcome Israel Finn……

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

Nine or ten. I can’t say with any certainty what my first story was, but I remember a couple of early ones. One was about a man who died and went to hell. Another was a fantastical tale about a man who traveled to a world inside the sun.

2. How many books have you written?

I’ve written a handful of books, but I never considered anything I wrote to be good enough to see the light of day, up until just lately. I recently released a collection of short horror stories called Dreaming At the Top of My Lungs that I’m extremely proud of.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

No. I think it’s unwise to limit or censor yourself as an artist. Not everyone will like what you do, and some people might be downright offended by it. But I’d rather take a chance on gaining readers who are genuinely passionate about my stories, even if there’s an uncomfortable truth in them, rather than compromise my art for the sake of political correctness, or whatever.

4. What’s your favorite book you have written?

It would have to be Dreaming At the Top of My Lungs. So far, anyway.

5. Who or what inspired you to write?

When I was a kid my dad grounded me for misbehaving. I can’t recall what it was I did. But it was summertime and I wasn’t allowed to leave the house. Plus our TV was on the fritz. I was so bored I was about to go out of my mind. I was driving my dad crazy, so he gave me a book to read. It was Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was bad enough that I was trapped in the house in the middle of summer, now I had to read too. I might as well have been in school, I thought. But once I started getting into the book, I couldn’t put it down. After I finished it I read everything else I could by Burroughs. And I started reading all the other books my dad had lying around the house, stuff by Bradbury, Vonnegut, Matheson, and eventually Robert McCammon and Stephen King. So really, that punishment handed down by my dad was the catalyst for not only my love of reading, but for my eventual desire to write.

6.  What do you like to do for fun?

Read, watch movies, listen to music, hang out with friends.

7. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

Usually, I get drunk and run naked through the streets.

8. Where do you write? Quite or music?

I know a lot of writers have offices. But I like to just sit on my couch with my laptop. If I’m writing I like quiet, but if I’m editing I’ll sometimes listen to music.

9. Anything you would change about your writing?

I wish I could write faster. I have a hard time not editing while I write, so that’s a struggle I’m constantly dealing with. I mentioned this to Joe Lansdale when I met him at one of his book signings at Mysterious Galaxy here in San Diego, and he told me he edits as he writes too. So that made me feel a little better. Still, it seems to hamper my progress sometimes, and I’d like to find a happy medium.

10.  What is your dream? Famous writer?

My dream is to be able to pay the bills and take care of my family with my writing. Anything else is just gravy.

11. Where do you live?

San Diego, California.

12.  Pets?

We have a rescue dog, a little westiepoo (West Highland white terrier and poodle mix), named Sammy. He’s my best buddy.

13.  What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love telling stories, first and foremost. But I also love the idea of being able to making a living doing something I love. It’s a rare thing. I’m not there yet, but I’m working on it





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As always thank you for letting us get to know you better and I wish you all the success and happiness in the world!

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