Flash Question Session--->Author Sean Sweeney

Flash Question Session
Author Sean Sweeney

Bio: Sean Sweeney’s love of reading began in 1988, when he was handed J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Hobbit, and was given a needed boost with John Grisham novels and the Star Wars Expanded Universe. His passion for writing began in 1993, as a sophomore in high school, when he began writing sports for his local newspaper. Born and raised in North Central Massachusetts in 1977, Sweeney has written for several newspapers and radio stations. When he is not writing, he enjoys playing golf, reading, watching movies, enjoying the Boston Red Sox, the New England Revolution, Arsenal F.C., Gold Coast F.C., and playing with Caramel The Wonder Cat.

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1. Introduce yourself and what it is that you do.
Helloooooo! I'm Sean Sweeney, and I'm an author. I'm the author of 13 novels and additional short story work, including the Jaclyn Johnson AGENT series. I consider myself to be an every-genre author: I've hit every genre there is, so I have a little something for every member of the family.

2. Day, swing or night shift writer?
I'm a full-time writer, so I have 24 hours with which to do my thing. Do I use all 24 hours? Sometimes. Sometimes not. It depends on when I'm motivated.

3. What are your current and past projects that you have you done?
I'm currently writing a mystery set in my hometown of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, starring young private investigator Alex Bourque. He's investigating a three-decades-old cold case. I've written three Jaclyn Johnson AGENT thrillers and will write the fourth this summer. I've written a historical romance that isn't really a romance, per se. I've written fantasy, sci-fi, sports fiction, and kiddie lit, too.

4. The worst and best advice you have ever received?

All advice is good advice, in my opinion. The best piece of advice I've ever received came in the summer of 2004. I was in the middle of writing my first novel and I had problems with it. I couldn't think about how I wanted to continue. Everything I thought of didn't sound good. So I went to see R.A. Salvatore speak at the Westminster, Mass. library -- it was he who convinced me to write the book in the first place -- and he said something that has stuck with me ever since: There is no such thing as writer's block. Writers write through the block. And if it isn't good, delete it and re-write, and the crap doesn't exist.

5. Which part of your book was the hardest/easiest to write?
Writing is easy. If you want a hard job, go dig sewer ditches.

6. Favorite junk food?

7. Where do you get your ideas for writing?
By opening my eyes, or by closing them: Some of my best ideas have come while I sleep. Sometimes I have to open my eyes, go to my office, disturb the cat, and find someone online to talk out my idea and see how it can work. And sometimes, ideas come while I'm writing. A lot of it is imagination, and some of it is fact. It's up to the reader to discern what is real and what is imaginary.

8. What do you do to help you write? Do you down the energy drinks? Eat junk food? Mutter to self endlessly? Blast the tunes? Do tell.
Well, coffee is a major part of my writing. I have a Keurig, best invention ever. I usually go through a box of 12 K Cups in less than a week. But anyway... if I have a problem, I usually hop on AOL Instant Messenger and talk with one of my author friends, or on Facebook IM. I usually need silence to write, so I sit in my office or in my recliner and type away. I will occasionally munch on Cheez It or Skittles, but give me my coffee.

9. If you if could meet any of your own characters, who would it be?

Definitely Jaclyn. She's a hottie.

10. Where can we stalk you online?

1 comment:

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