Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My Name is Sean R. Frazier, and I am 44 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Missouri, in the United States.
Fiona: I am a fantasy author. I am a husband, and a father to two awesome daughtesr. I have a college degree in journalism, but I work in Information Technology. I’m a runner and a gamer (tabletop and video games), and I’d prefer to write books for a living and make IT my hobby.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
The Coming Storm is my latest book, released in November of 2017!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing when I was about 14 or 15—mostly short stories for fun when my brain refused to shut up. I didn’t make a serious effort to write a full book (and hopefully publish it) until I was 24. It felt more like a business endeavour than something fun.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Once I finished The Call of Chaos—once I wrote that last word—I considered myself a writer. But I was mistaken. I was a writer the moment I wrote the first word of my first short story.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’d been reading a lot of Roger Zelazny’s Amber novels and thought “I can do this! I should write something!” At the time, I really had no idea what I was doing, but I did have characters whose stories I was compelled to tell.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I don’t actually recall. No, it was not inspired by “The Call of Cthulhu.”
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
My writing style is a pretty easy read. I feel I don’t write flowery, Tolkienesque prose but, rather, I write in a way that almost feels as if I’m telling you a story in person.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I write fantasy, so none of my books thus far have any basis in reality—not even the characters.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
There is no travel required for my writing, thankfully.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I devised a vague concept and description, then gave that information to my wonderful designer, Gretta. She worked wonders!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I can neither confirm nor deny this.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Since I’ve become a self-pub author, I have discovered quite a few new authors! Unfortunately, I haven’t the time to read them all, but I’ve read J.M. Sullivan’s “Alice” and I am currently reading Sam Sykes “The City Stained Red.”
My favorite writers are those who refuse to quit and are making their novels a reality.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I have a lot of friends and some coworkers who have supported me on this journey. Even strangers will offer support when they discover that I’m an author.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
If it could pay the bills, it would be my career. I would, then, truly love my job.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
There is always *everything* I would change about every book. A book is never *truly* done, but I have to call it at some point or I’ll drive myself crazy.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
How to write better! I learn lots from each writing endeavor, and I feel that my writing skills get better every time.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
The actor would have to be in his mid-20s, and I don’t know of many currently. In other words, I have no idea!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t take writing advice. I usually avoid giving writing advice. Everyone’s writing journey and preferences are different and there is no universal truth.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Always leave a review for the author on Goodreads, Amazon, or whatever. We appreciate reviews like you would not believe.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Sam Sykes’ “The City Stained Red.”
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” was one I remember reading over and over. Probably either that or “Where the Wild Things Are.”
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I find so many things funny. This is why so many of my jokes are so bad. But I always find cat GIFs hilarious.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Sadly, most of the people I would like to meet are fictional.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I run a lot and I love to play games. I’ve been known to play the guitar every so often and I sometimes draw mazes.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I jump around a lot, but I enjoy 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, Stranger Things, and really crappy SyFy movies.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Hot wings, green, and…well, I’ve been heavy into videogame soundtracks for quite a while, but I give everything a listen before I judge.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Go crazy? I definitely think I would be a lot less happy. I remember what it was like before I was actively writing and it was not pretty.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
A dirty limerick.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
The Call of Chaos on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Call-Chaos-Forgotten-Years-Book/dp/1539337677
The Coming Storm on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Coming-Storm-Forgotten-Years-Book/dp/1542935490
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Sean-R.-Frazier/e/B01N056U2U/