Welcome to the Indie-Credible tour. This is a great event pairing indie authors up with book bloggers to share about the magic of indie. I’ve been paired with author Sean Hayden. We have a great interview, short story from a title prompt that I came up with ( don’t ask where the idea for it came from ) and an international giveaway. Tons of fun for the whole family 🙂
Ever have one of those bad ideas just pop into your head? You know the ones. They seem like a great idea at the time, but if you had stopped to think about it a moment…
I’m talking about those ideas where you just seize the moment and do what your heart tells you to. Then, after the dust settles and you get bandaged up, your parents say, “What the hell were you thinking?”
“But, Dad, I wasn’t!”
I had one of those moments.
I guess if you want to be technical, I had a whole chain of those moments leading up to the big bang moment. The problem was I didn’t have anyone standing around saying, “What the hell were you thinking?”
The moral of this story?
There are several.
First, stores don’t sell black candles for a reason. They’re bad news. If you happen to come across one in the mall that sells questionable items…walk away. Trust me on this one. Black candles are bad.
Second, always know what you want out of life. Coasting along, not caring about anything will get you into trouble. Maybe more than you can handle.
Lastly, if someone offers to grant you your fondest wish, wish for something you really, truly want. Wish for something that will make the world a better place or you a better person. Never ever wish to be a monster…
I live in Florida and work as a Fiber-Optic Engineer for the local cable and phone company. That’s my day job. By night, I write books (mostly steampunk, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy) and also publish books for other authors. I am a divorced dad of two wonderful kids and am lucky enough to be engaged to the most wonderful person in the world. She unfortunately lives in Canada, so we give new meaning to the words long, distance, and relationship. She is also an author and the other half of Untold Press.
Please tell me something about you that is top secret and not known to anyone –
One time, in band camp…
Just kidding. Okay. While I want to be a rich and famous author, my SECRET desire…is to be a rich and famous actor…
I’ve had this recurring fantasy of writing a book, adapting a screenplay, and then acting in the movie. As the lead. With a huge speaking part.
Favourite books and authors ? –
Hands down, Anne McCaffrey (The Dragonriders series) and Mercedes Lackey (Pretty much everything she’s ever written).
Favourite indie books and authors ? –
Well, I’m partial to Jen Wylie and her Broken Ones series… I loved her work so much I asked her to marry me 😉
But honestly there are too many to name. These days I very RARELY read anything that comes out from any of the large publishers. Just to name a few (and I won’t mention any of the ones that we published because that wouldn’t be fair, even though they are truly amazing) Thomas Amo, Rusty Fischer, Darke Conteur, Darcia Helle, Trisha Wolfe, Tiffany King, Hugh Howie, wow. I could go on and on and on.
Can you tell me about your books please? –
My books. I was afraid you were going to ask that… I am the least shy person in the world. Until you ask me about my books :”> <–blushy face.
My Demonkin Series (Origins and Deceptions) is about a girl who was born a vampire in a world where monsters are out in the open. She is a new breed of vampire (or so she thinks) and can only live off the blood of vampires, werewolves, elves, and magical humans. Regular humans just don’t provide any nourishment. She gets into trouble with the local vampires and is saved by the FBI…only to be recruited.
My Rise of the Fallen Series (My Soul to Keep) is about a young boy who promises his soul to the Fallen in exchange for his fondest wish… They take him up on his offer and in a last-ditch effort to save his soul he wishes to become one of the Fallen, a demon. He gets his wish and quickly learns that in the battle of good versus evil, not everything is what it seems and good and evil are just perceptions…
I have a ton of short stories out there, mostly steampunk (some written with my son) and humorous, sometimes frightening pieces.
Tell me about being an indie author please, highs and lows –
If I could go back and do it all over…
I would do it exactly the way I did. I looked for an agent and quickly became disenchanted. I absolutely adore being indie. The upsides are you get to tell the story you want to tell, the way you want to tell it. You don’t have to change anything to suit anyone else.
The downside is that it is a LOT of work with limited funding. Sure it would be great to do a country-wide book tour, pay editors thousands of dollars to edit your manuscript, have world-class cover designers, web designers, marketers, and a distributor to the largest bookstores…
but being indie means you’re independent. You learn to do everything yourself or you’ll never get anywhere. It becomes the driving force behind every book.
What have you learned about the indie publishing world ? –
That it is more of a family than a competition. When one of us succeeds and makes it big, there is no jealousy. You’re extremely HAPPY for that person. The hardest lesson to learn is that just like everything in life, there are things to be careful of. Some small publishers for example. If you go indie, do your research. Ask questions. Make friends. Be sociable. Help others and they will help you.
There is a lot of talk about the indie world, what would you as an indie author like people to know? –
That you are more likely to fall in love with a book written by an indie author than something you picked up at a bookstore with a Starbucks in it.
Born the son of a fire chief, Sean naturally developed a love of playing with fire. His family and friends quickly found other outlets for his destructive creativity. Writing is his latest endeavor.
Always a fan of the macabre, mythical, and magical, Sean found a love of urban fantasy and horror. After writing several novels in this genre, he found, fell in love with, and immersed himself in steampunk. He has always wanted to rewrite history and steampunk gave him that opportunity.
Sean currently lives in Florida as a fiber-optic engineer as well as an author. He was blessed with the two most amazing children he could ever hope for, has met the absolute love of his life, who coincidentally is his partner in everything. His hobbies include grand designs on world domination as well as a starring role in his own television sitcom.
Here it is, the goodies up for grabs. Grand prize of a signed copy of My Soul To Keep with original cover, keychain and mini book charm and three winners will receive an ebook copy of My Soul To Keep. All prizes open internationally.
Thanks to Sean for offering these up my readers, its much appreciated