Finley Fenn has been writing about people falling in love for as long as she can remember. She creates steamy fantasy romance tales with cranky-but-sexy men and monsters, loads of angst and drama, a dash of mystery and action, and wholehearted happily ever afters.

When she’s not obsessing over her stories, she reads everything she can get her hands on, builds her hoard of Georgette Heyer books, and drools over delicious orc artwork (find her faves on Facebook at Finley Fenn Readers’ Den). She lives in Canada with her beloved family, including her own cranky-but-sexy husband, and her cranky-and-hungry dog.

Q&A with Finley

Why orcs?

For me, books have always been about escaping into another world… ideally one that doesn’t include any glaring reminders of one’s all-too-human ex, ha! I love that orcs are so removed from our own reality, while also giving me the chance to explore themes like acceptance, desire, forgiveness, and growth. Also, huge, scarred, scary monsters are just really hot, right?! 😉

What authors have inspired you?

I know her books haven’t always aged well, but (those issues aside) I’m an absolute stan for Georgette Heyer, who I consider the reigning queen of romance. She’s hilarious and heartfelt, with very real characters and wonderfully clever prose. I also adore L.M. Montgomery, whose truly delightful book The Blue Castle was a massive inspiration to me.

I’m also a bit of an English lit nerd, and I have a deep-seated love of poetry — especially by John Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Keats. The Eve of St. Agnes is one of my favourite works of all time.

For more contemporary authors, I’ve loved everything KJ Charles has ever published (including her fabulous blog!), and I’m a huge fan of Anne Stuart, Mia Vincy, Sherry Thomas, and Alexis Hall. I’ve also had so much fun digging into books by my fellow fantasy romance authors like Ruby Dixon, Octavia Hyde, and Tiffany Roberts (to name just a few!).

What’s the best part of writing?

It’s always that massively satisfying moment when everything coalesces into an epic conclusion, even if you didn’t quite plan it that way. I spend disgusting amounts of time fretting and obsessing over my plots and character motivations, and even when I think I’ve got it all figured out, sometimes I’m still surprised at how it all comes together!

I have also been so honoured by the extremely supportive friends, readers, and fellow authors I’ve discovered through all this. Their generosity and encouragement has been truly awe-inspiring.

What’s the worst part of writing?

Oh my god, the time. I’m not a fast writer by any stretch, and it’s so hard to juggle the time investment with everything else in life. Writing is such a mental health factor for me, though, so I really do try to make it a priority.

Also, editing really sucks. Especially the wild swings of “Oh wow, this is pretty good” all the way to “I hate EVERYTHING and EVERYONE in this book”, ha.

What’s coming next for you?

I’m working on another Orc Sworn book now, about our sly, snarky Joarr. It’s definitely been a fun one so far!

I’ve also been mulling over the idea of an M/M/F story (orc/orc/human), though I’m still not sure my M/F readers will be into it? If you have opinions, I’d love to hear them on my Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/finleyfenn. 😁