Distractions are essential to sanity. See-El maintains his sanity by walking, reading, and writing fiction. He writes non-fiction as well, but that is not a distraction. That is work. For See-El, writing is a passion. It gives him an opportunity to express his views on life by telling a story.
Some writers develop a story fully before writing their first sentence. See-El starts with an idea which evolves into a story. Ask him how a story will end when ninety per cent is already complete and See-El may not know. What happens in the story is as much a surprise to him as he writes it as it is to his reader as he or she reads it.
See-El has been writing his entire life. It is in his blood. Although never published, his mother, Amada Gonzalez, wrote dozens of poems and dozens of plays in her native Spanish. One of his daughters, Lisa Flores, has already started her first book. The writing gene appears to be passed down without skipping any generations.