The Downieville Lions Club presented local author Ernest J. Finney as the speaker at the meeting March 25 at Two Rivers Cafe.
Finney discussed his writing style and what inspires him. Finney said he considered himself a “professional spectator” and sometimes when hearing “fragments of conversation”, causing him to “wonder what happened next”, and then his characters take on a life of their own.
Finney read a portion from his story, “The Wrecker”, and when he stopped reading everyone in the audience was wondering what happened to one of the charactors he introduced into the story.
He writes his first draft in #2 pencil and has published eight + fiction novels and stories so far and is currently working on a series of Gold Rush era novels. He lives in Sierra County.
Following is an excerpt from Amazon about Finney:
Ernest J. Finney writes stories and novels, most of them set in California, often in the San Francisco Bay area where he grew up or in the places he’s lived and worked since then–the north coast, the Sierras and the central valley. His short fiction has received a number of awards, among them an O. Henry Awards first prize for “Peacocks.” His first two story collections, Birds Landing and Flights in the Heavenlies, won California Book Awards. His novels include Winterchill, Lady With the Alligator Purse, Words of My Roaring, and California Time. His new short fiction collection, Sequoia Gardens: California Stories, received the Northern California Book Award for best work of fiction, 2011. Finney lives in Sierra County, California, where he’s finishing a series of novels that take place during the turbulent decades following the Gold Rush. Ernest J. Finney on Amazon