1. First, introduce yourself a bit. What is your name (or pen name) and where are you from?
Sean Stevens. Worcester, Massachusetts.
2. Next, tell us a bit about your most recent work. Is this your first published book? What is it about and what genre would you classify it as?
The Gift Of Life III is a poetry book. I have self-published four books in total with my fifth book coming out on October 4th.
3. Tell us a bit about your main character; what are they like, how did they come about, and what are some of their strengths and weaknesses?
My poetry covers a range of topics including mental health, nature, love and much more.
4. What was your hardest scene to write in this (or any) book?
The hardest part of my books is really connecting with the reader. As a poet I want to generate emotions with my words. This can be difficult at times.
5. Did you go the traditional route when publishing your book or did you choose to self-publish?
I chose to self publish to maintain my creative integrity. I work with poetry editors who critique me more than I feel a traditional publisher would.
6. What would you say is the most difficult part of your writing journey and what advice would you give to other writers?
Marketing. Having a concise strategy of tactics can be very daunting at times. My suggestion to other writers is to be true to yourself, find your niche and most importantly generate an audience prior to publishing.
7. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
My Gift Of Life series plays off of each other. My other books are stand alone. I find connecting a series a books creates interest especially if the reader can read the books in succession.
8. What are some of your favourite authors and books and what inspired you to become a writer in the first place?
Robert Frost is by far my favorite author. I first read his work in Elementary school. He inspired me with his love for nature. I took that with me and to this day Immerse myself in nature.
9. What would you say has been the best way to market your books?
So far Twitter has been my most successful avenue. With Covid protocols the last few years its been tough getting out to do book signings and in person promotions.
10. Are there any tropes, clichés, or writing styles that you dislike and, if so, what are they and why?
I like originality. For example, the number of vampire books I come across is amazing. I’m sure each one of them could be amazing but I like to think outside the box.
11. Do you read reviews of your book and, if so, how do you handle negative feedback?
I do. I have received all good reviews of my work until recently when I received a one-star review. Sadly, they didn’t leave any comments. I do believe that honest reviews are important. What better way to improve your craft than by accepting constructive criticism.
12. What are some of your quirks as a writer? Do you like to plot everything out or do you prefer to just “wing it” and see where the story takes you? Do you listen to music when writing and, if so, what do you listen to?
I have a glass of wine before I write. I also write exclusively at nighttime as that’s when I feel most inspired. I do occasionally listen to music while I write. Most of the music I listen to has a poetry theme such as Jim Morrison or Bob Dylan.
13. What is the best advice you’ve ever had when it comes to writing and what advice would you give to new writers?
The best advice I received was to attack your audience. Find out where they are so you can connect with them and create a fan base. This is very important to be successful when self-publishing.
14. What’s next for you? Are you currently working on any new books or stories?
I am currently working on an autobiography that is set to be released next year. I may send out queries and go the traditional route here.
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