Author Interview: Sean C. Wright, Skoll's DiaryApr 23, 2021
This week, the spotlight is on Sean C. Wright, indie author of the Skoll's Diary, Honey Riley, A Gathering of Butterflies, and more. Sean has written and self-published a wide variety of books about the human condition across several different genres.
Rich: Welcome Sean. Where did your love of writing and books come from?
Sean: I wrote my first story at age 8. It was about a girl who found a strawberry in the woods; it was the size of a Volkswagen. I have always loved stories. When there was story time at school, I was all about it! The library and discount bookstores are my jam, too!
Rich: What topics do you write about, and why?
Sean: I write about the human condition but with an African American perspective. There are still so few novels with black protagonists. I have no focused genre though. I write children’s, young adult, supernatural, and science fiction books. There’s something for everyone in my literary lineup.
Rich: That's an amazing breadth of genres. How long did it take you to write, edit, and publish your first book?
Sean: That took a good three years as I was working an 8-to-5 job and had to write whenever I had a chance. Anyone who has written a book knows that editing takes up most of the time. It’s like reshooting parts of a film…sometimes there are fifty-eleven takes.
Rich: I like that description of editing. It's so true. What part of the writing and publishing process was the most enjoyable, and what part was the least enjoyable?
Sean: Letting your imagination do its thing on paper. It’s an adventure. Getting a good review is the most enjoyable part of publishing. I love hearing that I gave someone the gift of a good story. The least enjoyable is writer’s block or getting the story to take shape while you’re editing. Sometimes your characters just won’t cooperate or make a plausible plot. And, of course, bad reviews sting.
Rich: I've seen the ratings for your books on Amazon. It looks like you have almost entirely positive reviews, so your bad reviews seem few and far between. But I understand what you mean. I was devastated when I received my first bad review. What parts of the writing and publishing process were easier or more difficult than you expected?
Sean: Difficulties lurk everywhere for indie authors. It’s not for the easily discouraged. Frankly, the envy and lack of support from friends and family are constant party poopers. Unfortunately, you have some people who envy your literary career, even though they haven’t put any effort into theirs. People would rather buy a celebrity’s perfume or sneakers than buy your book. However, tools like Amazon's KDP platform have made it a breeze to self-publish. Thank goodness for this. And it’s wonderful to be an author in the 21st century. Can you imagine having to write novels on paper or on a clunky typewriter? Poor Edgar Allen Poe!
Rich: So true. Can you describe how you felt and who you told when you published your first book?
Sean: I was elated and told my husband. He supports my writing career 110%. I am lucky that way in that he applauds my storytelling talent. Some men brag about having hot wives; mine brags about my books!
Rich: How long has each of your books taken you to write? Do you have any advice for people who want to write their books more quickly?
Sean: It takes me months or even a year or more to write a book because I put it aside. I let ideas marinate and I come back to it. If you give yourself a deadline, be sure to set aside time to write. Pick a day or block of time that’s easiest for you to stick with.
Rich: Is there anything else you’d like to tell anyone who is starting their journey to become a published author?
Sean: First of all, congratulations! Storytelling is as old humans as gathering around a campfire, and we crave it. Toni Morrison once said that if there’s a novel you want to read, write it. I say the same. Write what you want; not just what you want to know. And, of course, ignore the dream killers. It may be a better idea to not tell everyone that you are writing a novel until it’s published.
Consider all the reviews you get – good and bad. You never finish growing as a writer. There’s always room for improvement. Write what you write best. I tried my hand at poetry and discovered that I am a better novelist. Good luck!
Rich: Thanks, Sean. I appreciate you sharing your experience with me and with other writers.
You can purchase Sean’s books on her Amazon author page.
You can learn more about Sean on her website www.seanarchy.wordpress.com.
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