I'd like to introduce you to my friend and fellow Echelon Press author, Sean Hayden. If you read his journal you'll understand why I say I can't think of any writer I know who interviews as many other authors on his blog as Sean. The man's a giver, which makes me all the more delighted to be able to turn the tables on him in this, his first ever interview.
JON: Tell us a bit about your upcoming novel, Origins.
SEAN: Origins, is the first of the Demonkin series. It’s an urban fantasy about every mythological creature you could imagine working, playing, and dying beside everyday mortals. Everybody knows they’re real, they just don’t know how they came about. The series is centered on my main character, Ashlyn Rowan Thorn. Ashlyn is a vampire. The difference is she was born that way. As she finds out the truth about her origins, she not only finds her place in the world, but uncovers secrets that were better left unlearned.
JON: When does it come out?
SEAN: Not soon enough! Ever see the kid under the Christmas tree shaking all his presents? Ya, that’s me. Patience is a virtue, just not one I possess. I’m expecting it sometime early in 2011.
JON: What’s your preferred genre/wordcount?
SEAN: It had always been SCIFI/Fantasy. Then a few years ago I was introduced to the concept of urban fantasy. It literally opened a whole new world to me and I knew that when I finally started writing, any other genre wouldn’t do. As to the wordcount, Origins is 80,000 words give or take. To me that seems about perfect for a novel. Not too short, not too long.
JON: What’s your current WIP?
SEAN: I’m 60,000 words into Deceptions, Book 2 of the Demonkin series, and I have plans for a YA novel after that, unrelated to the Demonkin series, but still an urban fantasy.
JON: Are you a pantser or an outliner?
SEAN: Pantser for sure! I can’t even make lists to go grocery shopping. I’ve always felt that if I planned the story in my head and wrote it all down in an outline, it would end up mechanical and choppy. Almost like I HAD to do this, and HAD to do that. To me writing should be fun, so make it up as you go!
JON: Where else can we find your work?
SEAN: I’m probably the biggest procrastinator on the planet. I’ve been dreaming of being an author since I read my first book in second grade. I didn’t actually start until about a year and a half ago. Origins is my first published work. The only other place you can find anything I wrote is my twitter inspired stories on my blog. Basically, my twitterpals throw out a topic, and I write a short within a 4 hour timeframe www.shaydenfl.wordpress.com.
JON: What was the last story/novel you pitched/submitted?
SEAN: Origins. Deceptions will be pitched by the end of next week (I hope) and I’ll let you know how that goes!
JON: What was the last story/novel you read?
SEAN: Hmmmm, that would be the entire Percy Jackson series. I know it’s a YA series, but my son, Connor, brought them home from school. He made the mistake of leaving the first one in the bathroom. I think I read the series in two days.
JON: What was the best writing advice you ever heard?
SEAN: Stay true to your characters, make it sexy without unnecessary vulgarity, and make your characters intelligent.
JON: What was the worst?
SEAN: You have to find an agent to get published. I wasted six months of my life trying to find one. There are publishers out there who are willing to look at your work if you can present a query that makes them want to hear more.
JON: What do you know now, that you wish you'd known when you first started writing?
SEAN: How to market your book. Writing’s easy, but marketing is a challenge. If I had known all the best techniques to market my book when I had started writing it, I would have started then.
JON: Where else can you be found on the web?
SEAN: I have my author website www.seanhayden.org and the Demonkin series website www.demonkin.com. I also have a blog www.shaydenfl.wordpress.com and can be found on twitter @shaydenfl and facebook www.facebook.com/shaydenfl
JON: One last question: Who do you think would win in a fight, astronauts or cavemen, and why?
SEAN: Astronauts definitely. Cavemen wouldn’t last too long in space without a spacesuit.
Born in the suburbs of Chicago, Sean Hayden moved to the frigid arctic climes of south east Florida as a small child. The son of a fireman and a proofreader (that’s what they had before spellcheck) he fell in love with reading at a young age. When he hit the age of 35 he wrote his first novel, an urban fantasy about vampires entitled Origins. It will be available from Echelon Press soon, and he has
almost just finished writing the sequel, Deceptions.