Today my interview is with author Sean P. Wallace. Sean is a writer, a gamer, a project manager and also a bit of a self-deprecating self-aggrandizer. In his spare time, he just about manages to sleep.
Brad Covey: Thanks for stopping by for the interview! Why don’t you tell us all a little bit more about your latest release, “Deep Echoes”.
Sean P. Wallace: And thank you for having me, Brad! I love the number you’ve done on my bio picture, makes me feel like a real Author of the Week.Deep Echoes is a Young Adult Fantasy novel, and it is, at its root, about consequences. Living with the consequences of your actions, whether it be main character Maya’s decision to leave her order of holy warriors, Snow’s decision to unwillingly aid her or her best friend Chain’s decision to lie about Maya’s ‘heresy’. Amid the backdrop of an escalating conflict, these characters come to terms with what they do and have done, with their actions’ echoes.
BC: What was it about fantasy that appealed to you as a writer?
SPW: Fantasy is kinda my thing. I read, watch, play and engage with works not set in the current day, in our world. I’ve grown up reading Horror and Terry Pratchett, loving films such as Star Wars and Batman, watching He-man or Pokemon. I’ve always been drenched in the Speculative. So there’s nothing I’d rather create.
BC: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
SPW: Aside from other artists, I take inspiration from my own reactions, my own thoughts and feelings. I’m an obsessive thinker, I analyze and consider things deeply, and what I find I often try and write about. Like any artist, I include myself in the work.
BC: What drove you to the idea of a ‘Pay if you Like’ model for “Deep Echoes”?
SPW: Madness! No, in reality it was simply self-awareness. I am a nobody, scrabbling amidst a sea of nobodies, and I decided that trying to charge more than the bare minimum for my work would be counter-productive. It’s why Deep Echoes is on Kindle for the lowest possible price.
I just want to be read. I just want people to download Deep Echoes and try it, then tell me what they thought. One star? Tell me why! Why else do we write if not for someone to read us?
BC: Do you plan on seeking full publication for your work?
SPW: I am seeking traditional publication for other work, but I want Deep Echoes and its sequels to be my Magnum Opus. I want to release one every few years and have it available for everyone, free of charge, along with other works which acquire the more traditional status.
Of course, if ten or twenty years down the line someone came to me and asked to publish Deep Echoes and its sequels in dead tree format, I’d not say no!
BC: Do you find social media to be a hinderance or a help with gaining an audience for you and your work?
SPW: A definite, definite help! I found a Beta reader for a current work in progress from the other side of The Pond, thanks to Twitter. I find potential reviewers and readers on Twitter. It’s a brilliant tool. I love it.
BC: Do you find that you read more or less as a writer?
SPW: It’s about the same, but the way that I read has changed. Since starting to write, taking it seriously as an art, I can’t help but analyze what I read if it isn’t completely stellar: that is, if it doesn’t take me away, grab my throat, that sort of thing.Becoming a writer has made me more aware of tropes, of common ways used to overcome plot difficulties, and so it’s made me less tolerant of their adequate usage. It’s the same for films and games too, to be fair. Studying stories gives you access to their rhythms, to their heartbeats. You know how the sausage is made. I’ll read the story and start to notice extraneous words, or, worse, find myself able (with a very high success rate) to predict what is going to happen. Which is just death for a story.
BC: Are you a Kindle/Nook/iBooks reader or do you still prefer the traditional printed copy?
SPW: Both! I find the experiences of reading both electronic and dead tree books to be broadly the same. I don’t prefer one or the other. They each have their own value, their own place in my heart and in my home.
BC: Do you draw any inspiration from the books you have read?
SPW: Of course! It’s impossible not to, when you read. A good book is a portal, another world formed not in particles but letters and spaces, punctuation and pictures. It’s impossible to read and be unchanged by the experience, which is why I love being both a reader and a writer.
BC: What can your readers expect next from you?
SPW: More Fantasy! Seriously, there’ll be a lot of that. I’m seeking publication for a Western Fantasy / Horror I serialized over at Geek Pride called Dust and Sand at the moment, and I aim to have Deep Echoes’ sequel out early next year.
BC: Thank you for joining me for the interview Sean!
SPW: And thank you, Brad.
Check out Sean’s links below and another interview to be posted this Friday so stay tuned for it!
- Website: www.darkmess.com
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeanPWallace
- Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18196162-deep-echoes
- Deep Echoes