Friday, September 1, 2017

Books: Interview with YA Author GuS Kenney

We have a new writer to introduce on the blog and we’re pleased to feature him and his books. Read on to find out more about his life and work!

Please tell us where you are from and a little bit about you.

I'm from Western New York and have lived here my whole life. I don't have much in the way of a background. Dropped out of college when I realized I didn't want to be a weatherperson (the orientation speech from the local weather authority did nothing to help that feeling) and started working blue collar. I guess my time as a janitor at an old folks home gives me some experience in the horrors of how people can treat each other and the disgusting things the human body is capable of, but I will spare you the details that are unfortunately carved into my mind, not to mention there is no way to accurately describe the smells. And there were so many.

Oh, wow, that could be a book in itself. When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?

I realized at a young age that I wanted to be a writer or I should say that I just started writing
stories when I was a kid. I don't think it was until I learned that the people that wrote all the books that I loved had that as their job that I considered writing as something more. Many people were quick to inform me that you couldn't make a living writing so I looked at other options for income (hence the ill advised decision for college and meteorology). It wasn't until I got married and moved in our Money Pit that I started to take the time to really work on my stories; to finish one all the way through (an extremely difficult task at the time) and start to share them with others (scariest moment of my life!).

I bet! What genre do you write and what's your target audience?

I typically stick to fantasy as that is what I have always enjoyed reading, but have aspirations to self help book? I don't write with a target audience in mind. I write the story I would enjoy first, so I guess the audience there is 36 year old married males who watch a lot of cartoons and work on locomotives 40 hours a week. But when it is done and I pass it along to my family/editing team, I get their feedback and tweek the story a little to make it more palatable to others. Given the demographic of my editors/family, it explains why the book is very appealing and enjoyed by intelligent, talented, successful women of varying ages, but always youthful in appearance and spirit (yes, I'm sucking up to them, but it is true). I've found that the Complications of Being Lucy though labeled as YA has found fans in all age groups and genders. From 11 year old boys to 86 year old women.
venture into other realms. Not non-fiction though, as I'm not very good at fact checking and I can't help myself, so how would I ever write a

It's wonderful that you can reach such a wide audience. How many books have you published so far? Have you been published in any other publications or journals?

I have succeeded in publishing 3 books thus far; all part of the Complications of Being Lucy series. The Changeling and the Cupboard is the first in the series, followed by The Changeling and the Borrowed family. Most recently, the third book has come out to the world and that is titled Traitor's Niece. I have never, as far as my steel sieve of memory can recall, been published in anything other than these three books that I have done independently.

Do you have a favorite quote and if so, who wrote it?

Unfortunately, no. Mostly because as much as I read and write, I don't retain specific words. The thought and the idea, yes, but not the very letter of it.

And do you have a favorite author? Has this author or his book(s) influenced your writing in any way?

Terry Pratchett and Maggie Shayne will probably share the top spot for some time. I love both their styles and stories and both have influenced my work in different ways. Growing up reading fantasy, it was all very stiff and formulaicero, quest, sword, bad guy, girl, victory. Terry Pratchett showed me how different the main characters could be. New kinds of heroes and all of it, with a touch of humor. Maggie Shayne taught me how to add emotional content and to never judge a book by its genre.

If you could be a character from any book, who would you like to be? Why?

Pete Lattimer from Warehouse 13: A Touch of Fever by Greg Cox, because at the end of the day it would mean I could work at Warehouse 13, and that seems like the greatest job in the world!

I bet that would be pretty cool indeed. What are you working on now?

A butt-load of marketing for the Traitor's Niece, but other than that, I've started writing the 4th book of the Complications of Being Lucy. I think I'm sticking with the title as Daughter of Ash and it will continue to expand on Lucy Bison's story and her place in the world.

Sounds interesting! Where can we find out more about you and your writing?

My website has some info:
But I usually post updates more frequently on my Facebook page dedicated to Lucy's story :
Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

Nah. I think that covers most of it without incriminating myself or inciting violence. I should come up with some kind of send off like 'Spay and neuter your pets' or something like that. Not bad advice really. Pet shelters are getting overcrowded. So yeah, get your pet fixed and if you don't have one yet, adopt!

Yep, that's a great advice. Thank you for your time telling us about you and your books. We wish you great success in your writing career!

For more on Gus Kenney, click on the links below and make sure to follow him on social media to get updates on his upcoming releases! 


1 comment :

  1. Great interview! Always a pleasure!
    Thank you for sharing this with your friends and followers.