DECLAN FINN TAKES OVER THE BLOG TODAY. DECLAN WAS THE EDITOR FOR TUSCANY BAY BOOKS’ PLANETARY ANTHOLOGY SERIES: LUNA. IN ADDITION TO EDITING THE ANTHOLOGY, HE ALSO WROTE STORIES FOR MERCURY, VENUS, LUNA, MARS AND PLUTO. TODAY HE SHARES A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HIS STORY IN VENUS.
I am a romantic. I think Don Quixote didn’t quite go all the way.
However, having grown up on films like Commando and Die Hard, I think he should be carrying some C4 to take on the windmills.
Fast forward to my short story for the Venus anthology — Love Boat to Venus. This was one of three short stories that I submitted for the anthology. This one was chosen for one odd reason. It actually featured THE PLANET VENUS. Apparently, I was one of the few submissions who wanted to play on the planet. Granted, having seen the research on the planet … well, let’s just say you wouldn’t want to go there either.
But I figure, humans in the future will be just as tacky as humans now. Who could resist a romantic cruise to Venus? The answer is anyone who knows just how HOT the bloody planet gets.
But aww, isn’t it romantic?
So I have the obligatory old couple / new couple scene. Let’s face it, it’s a trope that goes back farther than I can recall, and I don’t mean Nicholas Sparks books (that was the point of The Notebook, wasn’t it?). But since these are my characters, the older married couple is at a point in their relationship that they can relax, be calm, and just enjoy each other.
And then someone tries to hijack the cruise ship … because in my stories, if there isn’t some sort of confrontation, I’m not doing my job. Remember: romantic, but with C4.
Like with some of my other stories for the anthologies, I used older, familiar characters…. from work I hadn’t published yet. Why? Because I’ve been writing for over 20 years, and only publishing for 7. I have a bit of a head start on my readers. And the background on these characters is a bit more colorful than the average cruise ship passengers.
Because if there’s one trope that doesn’t get old, it’s “Criminals try to victimize an easy target, and discover that OY, did they pick the wrong people.”
– DECLAN FINN
Declan Finn is best known for wearing loud and obnoxious clothing at conventions. He writes full time, sometimes when he’s off the clock, and tries to come out with a book of the month, much to the irritation of his usual publisher, Silver Empire. He is the editor of the Luna anthology, and has made appearances in Mercury, Venus, Mars, Pluto and Storming Area 51, for Bayonet Books. Most of his books can be found at Silver Empire, and the rest can be found at Amazon.
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