Interview with Sean Michael
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Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.
Thank you Sean for taking the time to visit with us!
- When did you start writing and why?
I started telling stories before I could read – I would ‘read’ a story to my little sister. The first story I wrote down was in pencil on paper. I began writing professionally in 2003 and haven’t looked back since. Why do I write? Because I love it. Because there isn’t a better job in the world. Because the only way to quiet the voices in my head is to tell their stories.
- What have you learned about writing since you started?
That I love actually writing the best, but that in order to do it, I have to do all the other stuff that goes with it. Like editing. ;)
- Tell us about your new book or series.
Emergency Services is the second book in the Underground series. This is a self-published series that follows members of this underground club. They’re not even really a club so much as a group of guys who know each other who get together in each other’s basements for safe, sane, and consensual BDSM. Emergency Services tells the story of Blaze, a firefighter, and his lover and sub Jet, who is an undercover cop. In the opening scene Jet is badly hurt during a sting and the story follows his road to recovery.
- What is your idea of a perfect day?
It’s somewhere around 15C, with a breeze so I can have my back door open and have fresh air blowing in. I’m in my writing chair, tapping away at the keyboard because the stories are flowing freely. And there are lobster and scallops for supper that someone else has prepped and will serve to me along with a nice fresh salad with a white balsamic vinaigrette on it. There should be sticky toffee pudding for dessert.
- Do you have any hobbies?
I love watching anything sci-fi and/or fantasy, whether a TV show or movie. I also love reading, again sci-fi and fantasy are usually my go to.
- What authors do you admire?
Michael Ondaatje, Timothy Findlay, Stephen King, Anthony Burgess – I could go on and on, I love books and words and reading.
- What is the worst thing about being an author?
Probably edits. I hate doing edits.
- The best thing?
My readers – they make my day on a daily basis. And the actual writing itself.
- What do you expect to be doing 10 years from now?
I think I can say with confidence that I’ll be writing.
- What can we expect from you next?
Lots of the next book in a series – the Biker’s Pup follow-up, the next Iron Eagle Gym book, another Shifter Rescue story and just for a change of pace, a stand-alone novel about a firefighter and an EMS couple who unexpectedly find themselves with a six year old.
- Pass on some words of wisdom, please, to aspiring authors.
Read, read, read and write, write, write. Seriously, read as much as you can get your hands on and write every single day, whether you feel like it or not.
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Often referred to as "Space Cowboy" and "Gangsta of Love" while still striving for the moniker of "Maurice," Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to "Chicago."
A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.
Barring any of that? He'll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.