R. A. FINLEY is a graduate of Southern Oregon University, the London Film School, and Gnomon School of Visual Effects. A self-described middling adventurer, terminal eccentric, and latte enthusiast, she is happy to find herself residing once again in the Pacific Northwest. Find her in coffee shops, parks, and online (among others).
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the next book—the third—in The Wheel of the Year series. I hope to have it available this December. There is a lot going on in it, and the characters are going to face some tough, emotional challenges along with "solving the immediate problem." (Even though this is a continuing series, each book has a mystery, a challnge to be faced, of its own. A self-contained mystery-adventure that is resolved by the last chapter.)
What is your writing process?
I outline. In my current series, the books are essentially mysteries, or mystery-adventure. Plotting is crucial, what with there needing to be a complex problem for the characters to figure out (along with their individual storylines). I'd rather find out that something doesn't make sense sooner rather than later. And so I outline.
The Wheel of the Year is a contemporary fantasy series.
That's another—and much shorter—way of saying that it is an expanding series of connected mystery-suspense novels that are set in present day and involve characters and elements taken from European folklore.
Think Celtic and Viking legends, magical potions, wizardry and the like.
Although young adults might enjoy reading this series as much as the next person, the books were (and are being) written for a much wider audience, ages...oh, let's say...16 through 160. To perhaps give a better idea: the main characters are, at minimum, in their thirties.
The books are (and will be) connected, but each can (and will be able to) stand alone.
As is required with mystery-suspense, there is both mystery and suspense. There is also mayhem, adventure, and tension of a romantic nature. There are light moments, and dark moments. Locations vary, but a good number of events take place in the fictitious town of Granite Springs, Oregon.
Thia has more than enough trouble. She is the new owner of a gift store at the busiest time of year, the magical powers she inherited are not yet under control, Cormac has dropped out of sight—and so has the woman who swore revenge upon them both—and the Brigantium still wants her to join its secret ranks. And that's before Eclectica’s cafe manager disappears and everything gets so much worse.
TROUBLE COMES THIS DAY
When Thia McDaniel is sent a polished crystal sphere and told to protect it at all costs, she finds herself caught up in a world beyond her imagining. A world of myth and magic, where a secret society seems to hold all the answers, an ancient sorcerer wants her dead, and an enigmatic charmer is either the last man she should trust—or the only one she can.