There's nothing quite like a freezing cold day to welcome the Easter weekend, still I have the day off, which is nice although I'll be back in the office tomorrow. Today is the first post in the guest author interview week long blitz as part ofmy Easter celebration and to start us off, we meet author Sean MacUisdin, read what he has to say below:
Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?
My name is Sean Pol MacUisdin and I'm an independently published author and a sailor in the Royal Canadian Navy. In between, I have a wife and child that I spend as much time as I can with them and with my Highland Collie, Ajax.
What first inspired you to start writing?
Writing is an outlet for me - it allows me to release the fantastic and sometimes wondrous imagery in my head.
What attracted you to writing science fiction?
Science fiction (and fantasy) allows me an opportunity to combine what is sometimes the banal with the fantastic to create a unique world. Whether it's tundra camels and paddlewheelers on the colony of Samsara 20 light years from Earth or life onboard a NASA frigate investing the disappearance of a ship beyond Jupiter, science fiction gives me a range of possibilities and extremes that lets me tell my stories and have a lot of fun with them.
If you could work with any author who would it be?
Patrick O'Brian. By far the best writer of historical fiction, in my opinion, and a guy who really knew how to tell a story with an eye for detail.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I enjoy the process. For me, a story begins with a series of basic scenes which I will spend weeks repeating in my head, adding dialogue, emotion, and detail until it is ready for me to type it out.
And the least?
Marketing. Mind, I'm getting to like it a bit more, but I'm still a bit out of my depth with it. Plus it takes away from my writing time.
What advice would you give new and aspiring authors?
Write. Get it on paper first and worry about the rest afterwords. That and start right away researching marketing. Getting a leg up may help make this your day job.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have two projects on the go. I am finishing up my third novella; a sci-fi adventure telling the tales of the United Nations Off-World Legion on Samsara in orbit around Delta Pavonis 20 light years from Earth. It's called Tongs, Tartan, and Tin Pot Battleships. I also have my first urban fantasy project, called Aeonghus Dubh, which tells the story of two unlikely souls that meet on a hill top in Victoria, British Columbia. Jennifer Brodie, a young girl crippled by grief after her father and brother died in a car accident that she cannot remember, and Aeonghus Dubh, a Scottish faerie wracked by guilt who fled the old world 150 years before in the hold of a Royal Navy warship to find solitude in the wilds of the new colony of Vancouver Island.
Tell us about your latest work and how we can find out more.
All my books can be found on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and Kobo through my website http://seanmacuisdin.wordpress.com/
My books are also located on iBooks.
My latest book is Jupiter Rising - The Columbus Protocols, sequel to Europa Rising - The Divine Hammer, which has been entered in Amazon's 2013 Breakout Novel contest.
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Thanks to Sean for sharing his thoughts, tomorrow we welcome Elizabeth Rose to the hot seat.