Name: Sean Liebling
Where are you from: Newaygo Michigan
Fiona: A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect: I am the first born son with two brothers. I have two degrees and am currently semi-retired. I am heavily involved in safety upgrades for our two elementary’s, and middle school along with writing. I have a wife and three beautiful children, which I will do my best to protect.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Well I just signed with Permuted Press. The Presidents there are awesome to work with. I’m also excited to be working side by side with others in my genre, and those similar. I chose Permuted over many other offers because I like the aggressive stance they take to this new evolving publishing market. I cannot emphasize enough how exciting this offer is to me.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Good question. I’m retired, but have many professional friends. It all started one evening while under the effects of various liquers and fermented beverages. We get together once a month. Call it a men’s night out, yet here at my home. We swap books we’ve purchased and read and even kindles. We were discussing the latest on our list and actually complaining out inaccuracies along with the cross-genre’ing too many other authors are doing these days which, frankly is irritating, when they turned on me. One of my doctor friends, along with another, and a Sergeant in the local police force asked me why I didn’t write my own book? Well I had the time, and after reading so many novels together we had our complaints, so I figured why not?
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When book one and some of my mainstream author friends told me it was rough but very good.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I used to attend a great many horror and scifi/fantasy conventions. I know quite a few of the NYT’s best selling list and am personal friends with several.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes! Punch in your gut action. Fragmented sentences during action scenes to indicate it’s life and death and no holds barred. I am also fond of combining plot elements and characters for intense culminations. I believe in sacrifice and many of my characters sacrifice their all. It’s intense writing and I do not call a scene good until I can feel it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Honestly? Keyword and meta tag research in the genre. I do have a degree in marketing. The title is apt though.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Absolutely. Acceptance of fellow man/woman. Patriotism. Letting them understand that sacrifice, in the right situations can be a good thing.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
All of it. Everything works. I got with my friends on the fire department to push 20 180 lb dummies along the pavement with a snowplow. No resistance. I have fired every single weapon used in my novels. The tactics are sound. The survival experiences are closely written and emotions run by one of my best friends whom is a Doctor in Psychiatry. It’s golden.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Absolutely. The main characters children are mine with their mannerisms. There are a great many real people in my books. I use fans that volunteer and incorporate them logically within the storyline. In real life I am somewhat if a gun guru and survivalist. I simply brought those skills to the fore.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Another excellent question. I was influence early on by Robert Heinlein. From there I mostly gravitated to military fiction. W.E.B. Griffen, Tom Clancy (God rest his soul), David Drake and David Weber. John Ringo is another that I know and like.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
None currently. I’m almost done with two more books of my own and never read others works while in the middle of a project. I do not wish my dialog and narrative to sound like there’s. When done. There a plethora of authors, who’s books I will read, but not until these two are out.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Honestly? That’s like asking me to take sides but I’ll take a shot at it. I like a great many authors but those who impact me are the ones I mentioned above and a great many Indie authors as we are called. I like the way J.L. Bourne writes. Hard hitting action. Long, Brown, Almond, Chesser, D’Orazio. This list is long. I gain an escape and enlightenment from all of these and more.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am currently finishing ‘The Reaper: No Mercy’ which is built in the same universe as my Blood, Brains and Bullets series, currently out. This novel takes one of the most popular characters of that series on missions that help humanity. He’s a killer. Former Marine Corps Force Recon sniper. He’s judge jury and executioner. It’s a brutal book with no holds bared. I’m also working on ‘Sacrifice of the Damned’ which is book three of the Blood, Brains and Bullets series, continuing the saga. In that novel there are five completely seperate plots all culminating to a massive battle over 3 states and possible rescue. No spoilers.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members:
Initially my reading group. Moving forward there is no ne person. I use an intense beta reading group. We click. Mary Philo, Norman Meredith, Keith Sinclair, Bill Ball, Terry Geer, Sr., Michael Weller, Shannon Sharpe. The list is long but solid.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
You bet! I fully intend to start putting out 4-5 books a year. I love writing. Being able to create my own universe populated with real and fictional characters is awesome. From the great many emails I receive every single day, I can also say that my message is getting out.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. Honestly I wouldn’t.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Started that as a child with my aunt. She supported my writing efforts, but at that time it was a child’s fantasy. I think all children go through that phase.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Yes, of course! The Reaper book is based on a timeline of thirty days after the apocalypse occurs. Based off the Blood, Brains and Bullets series, the Reaper is a strong character that pulls communities together in the end times. Forms them into cohesive units while stomping down hard on the bad guys. He’s vicious and acts in the Lord’s name being deeply religious. He effectively forces smaller groups to combine in order to stamp out a variety of evil groups bent on reducing humanities chances of ultimate survival. All this, while killing more zombies than you can shake a stick at.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Research! That is paramount. In my second BBB book I spent over two months at 2 different rehabilitation clinics in order to fully understand those disabled, and figure out how to create an effective kick ass fighting force out of them. In my second book I took those disabled, many real people, and made them effective and contributing members of society. I love them.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Probably David Drake with his hard hitting, action packed, military scenes.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
All the time. I research everything. I go there and do that and walk around getting the feel of the place. I can’t write it real if I cannot feel it.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Matthew Riggenback, who is an awesome cover artist. He does covers for a great many of the best authors out there and can be found at http://shaedstudios.com/
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The research and spending time with my kids, are probably the two hardest parts. The story writes itself in my head and I just put it down on paper. Of course, I need time to do so. Stress has a negative impact, so I try to remain stress free.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I’ve learned more than you can shake a stick at. I test out everything and research everything. The most fulfilling though would be those at the disability clinics. Learning the various MS, MD CP and autism disabilities, to only mention a few. Making new friends and finding people I just want to hold close and love. That made it really cool and perfect in my world.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes. Write. Do your thing. Do not be afraid. Good editor and good graphic artist are a must, if you wish to sell books. Take your time and do it write. Do not be afraid to take advice and above all listen to your critics.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Of course! I love you all and appreciate your dedication. Without you, I am nothing! All of you keep me on the straight and narrow, true to myself and you.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Consciously remember is
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Not really other than I go shooting at the range every week. I spend a lot of time with my children and writing.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Arrow, and anything involving superheroes.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music:
Pizza, subs, lasagna. Blue and I listen to a variety of music. Perhaps Metallica when writing an action scene, and Lindsey Stirling when writing a sacrifice/dying scene.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’ve already done most everything. I was bored in my retirement when I started writing.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Here is my interview with http://www.seanliebling.com