Interview with Renney Senn

What prompted you to write this story?
My originally chosen career was as a clinical psychologist, although life had a different plan. Fundamental to being successful in this profession requires the ability to perceive the world through someone else's senses. The Turncoat takes that basic idea a long step forward into a bizarre dimension. The story shows how someone can be completely refashioned into a fundamentally different human being given extreme enough circumstances.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, writing a novel is not all that different from reading except that you are the one propelling the storyline to its climax. Having the freedom to create characters, embellish them, and place them where they can lift a black-and-white plot into being a technicolor drama I find nothing short of thrilling.
What do your fans mean to you?
A fan is my entire motivation for pursuing the considerable effort that is required to write a story. To the extent that she or he finds themselves unable to turn away from the tale indicates the level of success you have achieved and makes the whole laborious process worthwhile. Imagining the reader's reaction and successfully encouraging their immersion in what you create borders on professional ecstasy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My other joys are writing music, playing the piano, tennis, and enjoying a good time with good people. These are the means by which I keep a sense of wonder at what the next day will bring. As an avocation, writing fits in with these other things beautifully.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. I still remember being fascinated as a child with Hugh Lofting's Dr. Dolittle books and his marvelous relationships with his animals, with whom he could converse. Lofting's imagination was seemingly endless and rarely failed to be engrossing for me.
How do you approach cover design?
My wife and I were most fortunate when a highly gifted artist tumbled into this and our world. Our son's talents have been a constant inspiration of how remarkably creative people can be. In the case of The Turncoat, the rough design concept appeared to be obvious but Chris' rendition of it captured the entire emotional story perfectly in a single, powerful graphic.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
While I had a fairly normal American, middle-class growing up experience, my mother's was anything but, and it was her exotic upbringing that I see most often in general writing topics that interest me most. She was born to English parents in Calcutta and lived there for the first twenty-one years of her life. Her experiences and perspectives were, in many cases, otherworldly, and have heavily influenced both the kinds of characters and broad story dynamics that interest me.
Published 2018-03-14.
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Books by This Author

The Turncoat
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,900. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Jed Haiger is an unfathomable mystery. In 1928 semirural Alabama, Jed's knowledge of horrific KKK crimes has become a death trap when he is transformed into the ultimate prey. Jed’s gifted younger sister and a blockbuster federal trial thrust him into being an enigmatic national hero with a deadly secret. His fame leads to a shocking conclusion of violence and redemption that stuns the nation.