Interview With Francis H. Powell
Interview with Francis H. Powell, British Author of Flight of Destiny and most recently Adventures of Death, Reincarnation, and Annihilation. Quirky stories, for those who love the bizarre and extraordinary.
Born in 1961, in Reading, England, Francis H. Powell attended Art Schools, receiving a degree in painting and an MA in printmaking. In 1995, Powell moved to Austria, teaching English as a foreign language while pursuing his varied artistic interests adding music and writing.
He currently lives in Brittany, teaching English and history while writing both prose and poetry. Powell has published short stories in the magazine, “Rat Mort” and other works on the internet site “Multi-dimensions.” His first is “Flight of Destiny,” while his most recent is called “Adventures of Death, Reincarnation, and Annihilation.”
What themes does your book explore, and what do you hope the readers will take away from it?
The main themes of the book, as in the title Adventures of Death, Reincarnation, and Annihilation. There are sub-themes, elements of comedy and satire. It is not a book of doom and gloom, so I hope it won’t leave readers depressed. The first part is an adventure. It is about a person called “The Master.”
We never really get to find out his true identity. The story is a bit like a Russian doll, in which events unfold layer after layer. I hope the detail and description will inspire the reader in the book. The stories are set in the past, present, and future, and there are elements of Science Fiction, which was a new departure for me. Three stories deal with a person/entity being the last person alive. There is an indirect message to protect humanity and the world in which we live.
Were you influenced by a particular person, artist, or genre?
I met an author who was at the point of having his first book published, his name is Rupert Thompson, I love his style of writing.
Tell us about your latest work and what inspired you.
I had my second book, Adventures of Death, Reincarnation, and Annihilation, published last December. I’m also working on two other projects.
Death is always a wild adventure, that can’t be ignored. The Doomsday clock slowly but surely clicking away, our world getting ever more polluted, our weapons of destruction ever more deadly.
The story is set in a different time, in a variety of settings and periods, the past, the present, and the future. It explores the inevitable that lies before us: “death.” Death can arrive in a multitude of forms. Each part of the book explores different themes. There are characters who following their demises have to face up to their lurid pasts. There some who face annihilation and others who are in crazy pursuit of world destruction.
The book aims to contain some ironic twists. Even as young children, we build up nightmare visions of what death involves. The reader is often left to distinguish between what is real and what is not, as stories reside within stories, and the storytellers can never be fully trusted. Not all the book is doom and gloom. There are Elsa Grun’s bizarre encounters with men and Shellys’ hapless husband Arnie.
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