Please help me welcome my guest, Francis H. Powell:
Flight of destiny is a collection of short stories about misfortune. They are characterized by unexpected final twists, that come at the end of each tale. They are dark and surreal tales, set around the world, at different time periods. They show a world in which anything can happen. It is hard to determine reality and what is going on a disturbed mind. People’s conceptions about morality are turned upside down. A good person can be transformed by an unexpected event into a bad person and then back again to their former state. The high and mighty often deliver flawed arguments, those considered wicked make good representations of themselves. Revenge is often a subject explored.
And now, Francis is going to share a little about himself…
Where did you get the idea for Flight of Destiny?
The title flight of Destiny, seemed to go really well, with the theme running through my short stories, which often revolve around fate and misfortune.
Are there any tricks or habits you use when creating a story?
For me, it is fundamental that the first sentence in each story, starts dramatically and grabs the reader’s attention, for example my story Bugeyes begins with… Bug-eyes was due a life of toil. Seed begins with Captain Spender’s wife was ovulating. Cast from Hell begins with There it was: I was to be banished from hell. The ends have to have a dramatic twist, with events leading up to this.
What’s your favorite book of all time and why? What’s your favorite childhood book?
A book that has stayed with me since childhood is Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl, it’s a book of short stories and has been a great influence on my book Flight of Destiny.
What do you want readers to come away with after they read Flight of Destiny?
I hope they will have been entertained, hooked on the stories right up to the last sentence.
What genre have you never written that you’d like to write?
Perhaps a historical novel.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could have 3 (inanimate) objects, what would they be?
A computer with wifi connection…(sorry that’s a bit sad)
A piano (I could spend my time teaching myself to play)
An enormous sketch book so I could draw and paint…
Movie One flew over the cuckoo’s nest
Music Bitter sweet symphony by the Verve
Place you’ve visited Cornwall
Place you’d like to visit Bali
TV show from childhood Doctor Who
TV show from adulthood Mad Men
Sports team Chelsea FC
What better way to put all my angst into short stories. Born in a commuter belt city called Reading, like many a middle or upper class child of such times I was shunted off to an all-male boarding school aged eight, away from my parents for up to twelve weeks at a time, until I was 17. While at my first Art college, I met a writer called Rupert Thomson, who was in the process of writing his first book “Dreams of leaving”. His personality and wit resonated, long losing contact with him. Later I lived in Austria, in 1999 I moved to Paris. During my time in Paris I met Alan Clark, who had a literary magazine called Rat Mort (dead rat). I began contributing and got hooked on writing short stories. My book Flight of Destiny is a result of this obsession. I also write poetry.
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Savant Books & Publications LLC; 1 edition (April 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988664097
- ISBN-13: 978-0988664098
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
4 responses to “Flight of Destiny by Francis H. Powell”
These sound like my kinds of stories! I love the first lines you shared, Francis. Wishing you much success with the book!
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Very intriguing. Enough so that I will purchase the book. Writing short stories is difficult. Good stories fascinate me. It is one of my goals to write a good short story. Any advice?
Thanks, Alice, for the interview.
Thanks for your comment…for me with a short story every page, indeed every sentence has to really mean something…For me the opening sentence has to really set the story up…The title of the story is really critical…Characters have to be established really quickly…There has to be action…something very dramatic…with my story “snatched” a man goes for a walk with his recently born baby…and returns with an empty pram…a parent’s worst nightmare…very dramatic stuff!
Absolutely. That’s exactly why it’s so funny to hear someone say, “Well, if you can’t write a novel, hey, just write a short story.” 🙂 I have few regrets (yeahrightsure), but one that haunts me is in a moment of sheer rapid manic cycling, I gave away a collection of Hugo award-winning books, a compilation of several years of the best short stories offered by the Science Fiction Book Club. Ursula K. Le Guin, one of my favorites. Yep, just gave ’em all away… Francis, your book sounds very interesting. Will check it out.