Brian Finney: English Literature professor, novelist and non-fiction author

Welcome to Conversations with Authors, where I – Alison Thompson, AKA The Proof Fairy – meet amazing authors and find out what inspires them to write and what advice they would offer other aspiring authors.

 My guest today is Brian Finney, an English literature professor and author of seven books, including literary critique, fiction and a treatise on the effects of 9/11 on American society. His latest novel Dangerous Conjectures came out in March 2021. Set in the early days of the Covid pandemic, it explores the rise of conspiracy theories and how they affect relationships. In our conversation I find out how Brian’s academic career took him into the world of writing. We also discuss the freedom of self-publishing, and Brian talks about how the psychology of his characters can change the plot. 

More About Brian Finney

Brian Finney has published seven nonfiction books and two novels. Money Matters (2019), his debut suspense novel, was a finalist for the American Fiction Awards in the Best New Fiction category. His writings have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The LA Weekly, The Irish Times, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and numerous other journals and anthologies. In his former life, he was a literature professor at London University and several universities in Southern California. He currently resides in Venice, CA. 


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