#Theredheadedauthor Presents the November 2020 New York Times TOP 10 Best Sellers – YOUNG ADULT

As an avid reader of fiction (and an author who one day hopes to make the list) I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE checking out the New York Times Best Seller list. So, here it is… The independently ranked top 10 Young Adult selections for November 2020!

If you’ve read any of the TOP 10 selections and recommend them, please comment below and let me know. If you see something you like and plan to pick up a copy, you can do so by clicking on the cover image, the title or the [BUY IT HERE] button.

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#1 The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

A 16-year-old girl sees a police officer killer her friend.


#2 Stamped

by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

An exploration of racism and anti-racism in America.


#3 A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

by Holly Jackson

While trying to solve a murder-suicide case for her senior project, Pip now finds her life in jeopardy.


#4 Hocus Pocus and The All-New Sequel

by A.W. Jantha

Poppy fights to save her family from the Sanderson sisters.


#5 All This Time

by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott

Two teenagers suffering from loss find healing in each other.


#6 Punching The Air

by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison, Amal uses the freedom of art to overcome his incarceration.


#7 One Of Us Is Lying

by Karen M. McManus

For five students, a detour into detention ends in murder.


#8 The Black Kids

by Christina Hammonds Reed

A wealthy Black teen’s life is shaken up during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.


#9 The Lost Book of the White

by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

Magnus and Alec must retrieve the Book of the White, which is stolen from their apartment.


#10 Dear Justyce

by Nic Stone

Quan, an incarcerated 16-year-old, takes solace in correspondence with his friend Justyce.


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#Theredheadedauthor Presents the November 2020 New York Times TOP 10 Best Sellers – FICTION

As an avid reader of fiction (and an author who one day hopes to make the list) I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE checking out the New York Times Best Seller list. So, here it is… The independently ranked top 10 Fiction selections for November 2020!

If you’ve read any of the TOP 10 selections and recommend them, please comment below and let me know. If you see something you like and plan to pick up a copy, you can do so by clicking on the cover image, the title or the [BUY IT HERE] button.

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#1 A Time For Mercy

by John Grisham

The third book in the Jake Brigance series. A 16-year-old is accused of killing a deputy in Clanton, Miss., in 1990.


#2 The Return

by Nicholas Sparks

A doctor serving in the Navy in Afghanistan goes back to North Carolina where two women change his life.


#3 The Searcher

by Tana French

After a divorce, a former Chicago police officer resettles in an Irish village where a boy goes missing.


#4 The Evening and The Morning

by Ken Follett

In a prequel to “The Pillars of the Earth,” a boatbuilder, a Norman noblewoman and a monk live in England under attack by the Welsh and the Vikings.


#5 Anxious People

by Fredrik Backman

A failed bank robber holds a group of strangers hostage at an apartment open house.


#6 The Invisible Life of Addie Larue

by V.E. Schwab

A Faustian bargain comes with a curse that affects the adventure Addie LaRue has across centuries.


#7 Mexican Gothic

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

In 1950s Mexico, a debutante travels to a distant mansion where family secrets of a faded mining empire have been kept hidden.


#8 Troubles in Paradise

by Elin Hilderbrand

The final installment of the trilogy that includes “Winter in Paradise” and “What Happens in Paradise.”


#9 The Book of Two Ways

by Jodi Picoult

After surviving a plane crash, a death doula travels to Egypt to reconnect with an old flame who is an archaeologist.


#10 The Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett

The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern Black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity but their fates intertwine.


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#Theredheadedauthor Presents the August 2020 New York Times TOP 10 Best Sellers – YOUNG ADULT

As an avid reader of fiction (and an author who one day hopes to make the list) I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE checking out the New York Times Best Seller list. So, here it is… The independently ranked top 10 Young Adult selections for August 2020!

If you’ve read any of the TOP 10 selections and recommend them, please comment below and let me know. If you see something you like and plan to pick up a copy, you can do so by clicking on the cover image, the title or the [BUY IT HERE] button.

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#1 Stamped

by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

An exploration of racism and anti-racism in America


#2 The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

A 16-year-old girl sees a police officer kill her friend.


#3 One of Use is Lying

by Karen M. McManus

For five students, a detour into detention ends in murder.


#4 The Shadow of Kyoshi

by F.C. Yee

Kyoski must stop a mysterious threat that emerges from the Spirit World.


#5 The Rise of Kyoski

by F.C. Yee

Kyoshi flees with her friend Rangi after she discovers her airbending powers.


#6 Hawk

by James Patterson

Ten years after Maximum Ride, a new hero emerges in a post-apocalyptic New York City.


#7 Clap When you Land

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Unbeknownst to each other, two sisters meet when their father dies in a plane crash.


#8 Chain of Gold

by Cassandra Clare

Cordelia battles demons in a quarantined London that are nothing like she’s encountered before.


#9 The Betrothed

by Kiera Cass

Lady Hollis Brite and King Jameson are set to be married, but will a commoner steal Hollis’s heart?


#10 With The Fire On High

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Emoni juggles school, work and motherhood while pursuing her dream to become a chef.


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#Theredheadedauthor Presents the August 2020 New York Times TOP 10 Best Sellers – FICTION

As an avid reader of fiction (and an author who one day hopes to make the list) I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE checking out the New York Times Best Seller list. So, here it is… The independently ranked top 10 Fiction selections for August 2020!

If you’ve read any of the TOP 10 selections and recommend them, please comment below and let me know. If you see something you like and plan to pick up a copy, you can do so by clicking on the cover image, the title or the [BUY IT HERE] button.

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#1 Deadlock

by Catherine Coulter

The 24th book in the F.B.I. Thriller series. A young wife, a psychopath and three red boxes puzzle agents Savich and Sherlock.


#2 1st Case

by James Patterson

After getting kicked out of M.I.T., Angela Hoot interns with the F.B.I. and tracks the murderous siblings known as the Poet and the Engineer.


#3 Where The Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens

In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.


#4 The Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett

The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern Black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity but their fates intertwine.


#5 The Order

by Daniel Silva

The 20th book in the Gabriel Allon series. The art restorer and spy cuts his family’s vacation short to investigate whether Pope Paul VII was murdered.


#6 Near Dark

by Brad Thor

The 19th book in the Scot Harvath series. With a bounty on his head, Harvath makes an alliance with a Norwegian intelligence operative.


#7 The Guest List

by Lucy Foley

A wedding between a TV star and a magazine publisher on an island off the coast of Ireland turns deadly.


#8 28 Summers

by Elin Hilderbrand

A relationship that started in 1993 between Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud comes to light while she is on her deathbed and his wife runs for president.


#9 Then She Was Gone

by Lisa Jewell

Ten years after her daughter disappears, a woman tries to get her life in order but remains haunted by unanswered questions.


#10 American Dirt

by Jeanine Cummins

A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel.


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#Theredheadedauthor Presents the July 2020 New York Times TOP 10 Best Sellers – YOUNG ADULT

As an avid reader of fiction (and an author who one day hopes to make the list) I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE checking out the New York Times Best Seller list. So, here it is… The independently ranked top 10 Young Adult selections for July 2020!

If you’ve read any of the TOP 10 selections and recommend them, please comment below and let me know. If you see something you like and plan to pick up a copy, you can do so by clicking on the cover image, the title or the [BUY IT HERE] button.

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


#1 Stamped

by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

An exploration of racism and anti-racism in America.


#2 The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

A 16-year-old girl sees a police officer kill her friend.


#3 I’m Not Dying With You Tonight

by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

Two girls, one black and one white, form a bond during a racially charged riot.


#4 One of Us is Lying

by Karen M. McManus

For five students, a detour into detention ends in murder.


#5 Children of Blood and Bone

by Tomi Adeyemi

Zelie fights to restore magic to the land of Orisha.



#6 Clap When You Land

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Unbeknownst to each other, two sisters meet when their father dies in a plane crash.


#7 Chain of Gold

by Cassandra Clare

Cordelia battles demons in a quarantined London that are nothing like she’s encountered before.


#8 The Betrothed

by Kiera Cass

Lady Hollis Brite and King Jameson are set to be married, but will a commoner steal Hollis’s heart?


#9 Children of Virtue and Vengeance

by Tomi Adeyemi

Zelie must stop the threat of civil war in Orisha.


#10 One of Us is Next

by Karen M. McManus

In this sequel to “One of Us is Lying,” a deadly game of truth or dare via text now plagues the students of Bayview High.


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#Theredheadedauthor Presents the July 2020 New York Times TOP 10 Best Sellers – FICTION

As an avid reader of fiction (and an author who one day hopes to make the list) I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE checking out the New York Times Best Seller list. So, here it is… The independently ranked top 10 Fiction selections for July 2020!

If you’ve read any of the TOP 10 selections and recommend them, please comment below and let me know. If you see something you like and plan to pick up a copy, you can do so by clicking on the cover image, the title or the [BUY IT HERE] button.

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


#1 28 Summers

by Elin Hilderbrand

A relations hip that started in 1993 between Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud comes to light while she is on her deathbed and his wife runs for president.


#2 The Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett

The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern Black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity but their fates intertwine.


#3 Where The Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens

In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.


#4 The Guardians

by John Grisham

Cullen Post, a lawyer and Episcopal minister, antagonizes some ruthless killers when he takes on a wrongful conviction case.


#5 Camino Winds

by John Grisham

The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead after a hurricane hits Camino Island.


#6 Walk the Wire

by David Baldacci

The sixth book in the Memory Man series. Decker and Jamison investigate a murder in a North Dakota town in a fracking boom.


#7 The Summer House

by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois

Jeremiah Cook, a veteran and former N.Y.P.D. cop, investigates a mass murder near a lake in Georgia.


#8 The Guest List

by Lucy Foley

A wedding between a TV star and a magazine publisher on an island off the coast of Ireland turns deadly.


#9 Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.


#10 The Last Flight

by Julie Clark

Claire Cook escapes from living with her quick-tempered husband and assumes another woman’s identity.


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Never Walk Alone by Willow Rose

Never Walk Alone (Harry Hunter Mysteries Book 4) by Willow Rose
Genre: Thriller Suspense

The world is on lockdown due to a virus that originated in Miami.

A woman is kidnapped from her apartment, and Detective Harry Hunter is on the case.

At the same time, his sister shows up after they have not seen each other in a year.

As it turns out, Harry’s sister knows more about the virus than she lets on. Soon, he wonders if the virus is connected to the missing woman.

As he digs deeper into the strange mystery, he realizes his sister’s life is in great danger, and so is his.

NEVER WALK ALONE is the fourth book in the Harry Hunter Mystery Series.

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No Other Way (Harry Hunter Mysteries Book 3) by Willow Rose
Genre: Thriller Suspense

Shocking evidence hits close to home for Miami PD’s Detective Harry Hunter as Willow Rose’s bestselling series continues.

Three women went on a road trip to Key West. Only two returned. When asked what happened, their stories don’t completely match.

Who is telling the truth?

What are they hiding?

Detective Harry Hunter of the Miami PD is in church on a peaceful Sunday morning when a young teenager pulls out a gun and shoots his own father.

Once the shock is gone, Harry starts to ask himself the question no one else seems to care about: What makes a young boy want to kill his own father?

When more blood is shed, Harry suspects there’s a secret buried in this town that no one wants unearthed. What are the people around him not telling him?

NO OTHER WAY is the third book in the bestselling Harry Hunter Mystery Series.

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Run Girl Run (Harry Hunter Mysteries Book 2) by Willow Rose
Genre: Thriller Suspense

Willow Rose’s beloved detective, Harry Hunter is back in this thrilling second installment of the bestselling series.

When a mother and her child are pulled out of the harbor in their car, the case seems pretty straightforward for Miami PD and Detective Harry Hunter.

Everything points to a murder-suicide.

They were homeless, living in their car, and the mother decided to end it all for them both by driving into the water.

But the case is not what it looks like, Detective Harry Hunter soon realizes.

Harry’s daughter is carrying devastating knowledge about their deaths, and soon she becomes the killer’s next target.

As Harry races to protect her, he is betrayed by someone he thought he knew, leaving him terrified of trusting anyone in a town filled with liars.

RUN GIRL RUN is the second book in the Harry Hunter Mystery Series.

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All the Good Girls (Harry Hunter Mysteries Book 1) by Willow Rose
Genre: Thriller Suspense

This novel is the first book in Willow Rose’s electrifying new Harry Hunter series.

Detective Harry Hunter of Miami PD’s homicide squad throws himself into a case no one asked him to solve.

Four teenagers from one of Miami’s affluent neighborhoods are murdered on a boat. Another is found in a dumpster. All five of them go to the same school and are on a list of witnesses to another crime.

Because he’s in bad standing with his boss, Harry is given the task of protecting a possible future victim, but Harry isn’t always known to follow his boss’s orders.

Soon, he’ll risk everything while racing to stop a killer who has left everyone else in the homicide squad shaking in terror.

ALL THE GOOD GIRLS is the first book in the Harry Hunter Mystery Series and can be read as a standalone.

**Only 99 cents!**

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The Queen of Scream aka Willow Rose is a #1 Amazon Best-selling Author and an Amazon ALL-star Author of more than 60 novels.

She writes Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Horror, Supernatural thrillers, and Fantasy.

Willow’s books are fast-paced, nail-biting page turners with twists you won’t see coming. Several of her books have reached the Kindle top 10 of ALL books in the US, UK, and Canada. She has sold more than three million books.

Willow lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. When she is not writing or reading, you will find her surfing and watch the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

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#Theredheadedauthor Presents the June 2020 New York Times TOP 10 Best Sellers – YOUNG ADULT

As an avid reader of fiction (and an author who one day hopes to make the list) I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE checking out the New York Times Best Seller list. So, here it is… The independently ranked top 10 Young Adult selections for June 2020!

If you’ve read any of the TOP 10 selections and recommend them, please comment below and let me know. If you see something you like and plan to pick up a copy, you can do so by clicking on the cover image, the title or the [BUY IT HERE] button.

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


#1 One of Us is Lying

by Karen M. McManus

For five students, a detour into detention ends in murder.


#2 Chain of Gold

by Cassandra Clare

Cordelia battles demons in a quarantined London that are nothing like she’s encountered before.


#3 Stamped

by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

An exploration of racism and anti-racism in America


#4 The Betrothed

by Kiera Cass

Lady Hollis Brite and King Jameson are set to be married, but will a commoner steal Hollis’s heart?


#5 Clap When You Land

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Unbeknownst to each other, two sisters meet when their father dies in a plane crash.


#6 The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

A 16-year-old girl sees a police officer kill her friend.


#7 Five Feet Apart

by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis

Stella and Will are in love, but they can’t get within five feet of each other.


#8 Children of Virtue and Vengeance

by Tomi Adeyemi

Zelie must stop the threat of civil war in Orisha.


#9 One of Us Is Next

by Karen M. McManus

In this sequel to “One of Us Is Lying,” a deadly game of truth or dare via text now plagues the students of Bayview High.


#10 A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

by Holly Jackson

While trying to solve a murder-suicide case for her senior project, Pip now finds her life in jeopardy.


When you purchase a book using a link on this site, I earn an affiliate commission. All commission earnings go back into funding my books; editing, cover design, etc.


#Theredheadedauthor Presents the June 2020 New York Times TOP 10 Best Sellers – FICTION

As an avid reader of fiction (and an author who one day hopes to make the list) I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE checking out the New York Times Best Seller list. So, here it is… The independently ranked top 10 Fiction selections for June 2020!

If you’ve read any of the TOP 10 selections and recommend them, please comment below and let me know. If you see something you like and plan to pick up a copy, you can do so by clicking on the cover image, the title or the [BUY IT HERE] button.

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


#1 Camino Winds

by John Grisham

The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead after a hurricane hits Camino Island.


#2 Where the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens

In a quiet town in the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.


#3 Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.


#4 Normal People

by Sally Rooney

The connection between a high school star athlete and a loner ebbs and flows when they go to Trinity College in Dublin.


#5 Big Summer

by Jennifer Weiner

Daphne Berg’s former best friend asks her to be the maid of honor at her wedding in Cape Cod.


#6 If It Bleeds

by Stephen King

Four novellas: “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” “The Life of Chuck,” “Rat” and “If It Bleeds.”


#7 Walk the Wire

by David Baldacci

The sixth book in the Memory man series. Decker and Jamison investigate a murder in a North Dakota town in a fracking boom.


#8 The 20th Victim

by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

The 20th book in the Women’s Murder Club series. Lindsay Boxer looks into the murders of disreputable persons in three separate cities.


#9 On Ocean Boulevard

by Mary Alice Monroe

As her second wedding approaches, a woman returns to Charleston, S.C., where her family is dealing with changes.


#10 American Dirt

by Jeanine Cummins

A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel.


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Brian Finney ~ Author Interview

It’s always a pleasure when I get to welcome another author to my site to do an interview. Today, I got to interview Brian Finney, author of Money Matters.

Brian Finney, a professor of English, has published eight books on subjects ranging from a biography of Christopher Isherwood (awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Book Prize for the best work of non-fiction in 1979) to Terrorized: How the War on Terror Affected American Culture and Society, published on Amazon’s Kindle in 2011 and as a paperback in 2018. In 2019 he will be publishing his first novel, Money Matters, an unconventional detective novel in which a woman with no experience uncovers the whereabouts of a missing person with connections to the powerful CEO of a mutual fund company, a politician running for governor in California, and a drug cartel. Money Matters to be released on August 22, 2019.

Born in London, he obtained a BA at Reading University and a Ph.D. at the University of London. He spent three years as an officer in the Royal Air Force and five years in management at Joseph Lucas Electrical and Standard Telephones and Cables. In 1964 he transferred to the University of London where he taught and organized courses in the arts for its Department of Extra-Mural Studies.

In 1987 he emigrated to Southern California. After two years as a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Riverside and subsequent adjunct positions at UCLA and the University of Southern California, he became a full-time professor at California State University, Long Beach, where he is currently a Professor Emeritus in the Department of English.

He is married to fine art photographer J.K. Lavin and lives in Venice, California.


Money Matters by Brian Finney

She’s poor and naïve. They’re rich and dangerous.

At once a painful coming-of-age novel, an exciting amateur sleuth tale and an intriguing narrative involving social issues (immigration and wealth disparity), Money Matters has mystery at its core. This emotionally charged debut novel is firmly embedded in Los Angeles culture over the 2010 mid-term election.

Jenny, the 27-year-old inexperienced protagonist, faced with the tragic disappearance of a friend, is forced to take on financial tycoons, corrupt politicians and the treacherous Baja drug cartel in her search to uncover the truth.  Jenny’s investigation takes her into the twilight world of undocumented immigrants, which leads her to seek the help of the handsome director of an immigrant rights organization to whom she is strongly attracted. But will the deadly enmity of the rich and powerful thwart her search and end her budding romance?

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Let’s start by finding out a little bit about you…

What is your name and do you write under a pen name?

My name is Brian Finney, which is the name I write under.

Where do you call home?

I live in a 1908 craftsman house in Venice, which has been my home since 1987. Before that I lived in England.

Obviously, we know you are an author, but some writers have other jobs as well. Do you have another occupation? Do you believe you’re any good at it? Do you like what you do?

I am a retired Professor Emeritus of English. I enjoyed teaching in Southern California universities, especially at California State University Long Beach where I was a member of faculty from 1989-2015. So many of the students at Cal State have fought hard to make it there and they are a pleasure to teach.

What is your family like?

My wife is a professional art photographer, and we have a small mixed terrier rescue called Willow and an unusually affectionate black and white cat called Zia.

What kind of person do you wish you could be? What is stopping you?

I used to think that I wanted to be a film director. But I came to realize that movie directors have far less autonomy over the finished work than do authors. So I’m happy with what I chose.

Not to pry too much, but do you remember your first love?

I was about seven or eight when I first fell for a girl the same age. I remember leaving a love note for her in a known hiding place and that was about as far as the affair got.

What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing?

After rebutting a poor parody of Samuel Beckett in a letter to the editor of the Irish Press, I was asked to write a short book about Beckett’s difficult later prose works. That led me to write to him, and then meet him in a Paris cafe when I clammed up for the first twenty minutes while he talked about productions of his plays.

Who is your role model?

In England after graduating I had to do national service, which I fulfilled as an Education Officer in the Royal Air Force. Occupying such a marginal role made me determined to enter the mainstream of business life. But after five years in industry, when I was offered the position of Factory Manager I realized that I would be trapped by that materialist world for life. Instead I took on a position at London University as tutor-organizer and went on to obtain a doctorate and turn full-time academic.

What is your favorite film based on a book?

Women in Love. Apart from The Rainbow, this is my favorite novel by D, H. Lawrence, whose shorter fiction was the subject of my PhD thesis. Ken Russell’s 1969 film was written by Larry Kramer who said that slightly over half the script was directly from the novel, and much of the rest came from Lawrence’s other writings. The settings are beautiful and Russell is strongest when representing strong emotions.

What is your favorite book genre at the moment?

It is and always has been narrative fiction. I spent much of my life teaching and writing about it, and now I am writing my own novels.

What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?

I’m reading the paperback version of Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of the Lion, which is about the lives of immigrants building Toronto in the early 1900s.

Let’s shift somewhat and talk about your latest story.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or fewer words, what would you say?

My latest book is Money Matters, a debut novel published in 2019. Brief description: A young woman disappears. Jenny with no experience as a detective investigates. Confrontations with big money and power leave her radically changed.

Is the Above book part of a series?

No.

How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book(s)?

I had a clear idea of what I wanted for the cover. It was really well designed by Carl Graves, Extended Imagery.

How did you come up with the title for your book(s)?

A major theme of the novel is the power of big money in today’s American society. Money Matters is really two titles – matters of money ad money really matters. Once published it got listed among a lot of books counseling readers how to manage their money. Thank goodness I added a subtitle, A Novel.

Do you have a book trailer? If so, where can we watch it?

I have a four-minute preview of the audiobook of Money Matters on my website: https://www.bhfinney.com/books/money-matters/

In your latest novel, who is the lead character and can you tell us a little about him/her?

The narrator and lead character of Money Matters is Jenny. 27-years-old, she hasn’t got her life together. She has two part-time jobs and is renting a bedroom and bathroom from her rich realtor sister. In the course of her investigation she is forced to reject almost every aspect of her existing life and make her life anew.

What is your character’s greatest strengths?

She is kind-hearted, open-minded and opposes her materialist society.

And what are his/her greatest weaknesses?

She starts off being too compliant and lacks true self-knowledge.

What’s a positive quality that your character is unaware that he or she has?

Unlike her self-serving sister, she instinctually does things for others. In other words, she has a social consciousness that stands opposed to most characters’ desire for personal satisfaction even if it is at others’ expense.

What first gave you the idea for your latest book?

My latest book, a novel, dramatizes modern America’s substitution of conspiracy theories and untruths for facts. It is set in 2020 Oakland, California, and concerns a couple in their thirties who enter a crisis in their lives as the coronavirus spreads to the United States. I felt driven to write a novel that explored the parallels between the invasion of the external virus and of the virus of misinformation (the infodemic) that has infected so many aspects of our country.  

Let’s talk now about your writing process.

What is your writing style like? Are you a pantster or a plotter?

I’m both. I start off plotting the outline shape of my novel. But when I come to write each episode I turn into a pantster by allowing the characters and dialogue to dictate the direction it takes.

Have you come across any specific challenges in writing or publishing? What would you do differently the next time?

For Money Matters I allowed my development editor to erase any parts of the WIP that did not advance the action. But I don’t want to write a heavily plotted book. I want to write a work of fiction that is both a page-turner and raises larger issues that we all face in our lives today.

Are you a self-published/Indie author or did you publish through a traditional publishing company?

My last two books were self-published. Prior to them I wrote five critical books published by mainstream publishers, including an award-winning biography of Christopher Isherwood published by Faber & Faber and OUP New York.

If you’re a self-published/Indie author what made you go that route instead of the traditional publishing route?

Self-publishing my work gave me the freedom to control every aspect of the process, from matters of content and style to production and marketing. So for marketing Money Matters I employed Coriolis Company that has done an amazingly professional job promoting the book.

What’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?

Get an editor. A copy editor. A development editor. It’s worth the expense.

What advice would you give someone who wants to start writing?

Allow your characters to assume a semi-independent status. Let them determine what they would do or say in any situation. Don’t impose your own ideas on them or through them.

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