Interview with S. E. Fearon

When did you first start writing?
I've written stories since I was a small child, granted the first few books I made were nothing more than hilarious drawings and story lines such as Mat hit Dan with the bat and Dan got Mad. I've moved on since then and I actually wrote my first novel when I was in high school, but sadly I lost the draft for it. During my university years I didn't do any writing outside assignments and so it has only been in the last two years that I've picked it up again.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well I've actually got a few books, some waiting in the wings, others being written, and more still in the developmental stage. So I've got everything from a romance based in an alternative 1920's to a science fiction involving travel between two worlds and governmental conspiracies, and of course my favourite genre fantasy involving magic users and prophecies. So I have plenty to keep me busy and plenty for you to look forward to.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I never intended to be a writer, I trained to become a director of theatre but I've always loved writing and it just so happened that I got an idea and I sat down with it and what do you know it turned into a novel, and since then the ideas have not stopped. And well I thought I've written them I may as well put them out there to read, who know's maybe someone will enjoy reading them.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
When I was first looking for a platform on which to launch my ebooks a friend actually recommended Smashwords to me, so I checked it out and they had a pretty good deal I thought. It's been really great and has been a kind of first step on the ladder, I am now looking at print on demand and am branching out and distributing my work elsewhere.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The actual writing I guess, watching as the vaguish story in your heads suddenly unveils itself and the characters come to life and take you places you wouldn't have thought to go. I love reading my books and I know that might sound a bit conceited but its true, I want to find out what happens to my characters, experience their struggles, get lost in their world.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm so blessed and humbled when I hear from people who have read my work, to think someone I've never met has read my story and enjoyed it is just fantastic.
What are you working on next?
Well I sort of mentioned this in a previous question so I suppose here I'll say something about the little projects I am doing on the side. I'm working on a collection of short stories based in the world of the Sky Whale Trilogy, I'm preparing an exclusive ebook bundle of the Trilogy, and I'm setting up my work for print on demand so very soon you will be able to get your hands on paperback versions.
Who are your favorite authors?
C.S Lewis, Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, Jane Austen, Douglas Adams, Fuyumi Ono, J. K. Rowling, William Goldman, Frances Hodgson Burnett, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Anderson. A wide and varied list and I am sure I have left some off.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
As well as writing I run a hobby blog where I collect articulated figurines from Japan so I'm always having fun over there by making crazy comic strips. I try and keep fit with regular exercise, I work part-time, and to be honest I watch a lot of youtube. I'm a bit of a knowledge junkie and I subscribe to a number of interesting science and information channels.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I will browse through Smashwords from time to time but mostly I will go to sites that are recommended to me.
Published 2013-10-23.
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Books by This Author

Northern Dawn (Sky Whale Trilogy)
Series: Sky Whale Trilogy, Book 3. You set the price! Words: 64,550. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Dawn and her father Balen flee to the safety of the Independent Archipelago to escape the great war ravaging their country. Barely six years after the ceasefire whispers of war reach the islands of the Archipelago. In a bid to protect his daughter, Balen sends Dawn to the frozen north to marry – but neither snow nor ice can hold off war indefinitely.
Pearl Empire (Sky Whale Trilogy)
Series: Sky Whale Trilogy, Book 2. You set the price! Words: 66,930. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
At the tender age of six Eira is taken from her family and sent to the Keikoku Academy. The night before she leaves, her mother tells her a whale appeared in the skies above Hreinnby on the day she was born – an omen of destiny. Years pass and Eira finds herself a position as a lady’s maid within the Imperial Palace. However trouble is stirring in the heart of the Empire.
Sky Lily (Sky Whale Trilogy)
Series: Sky Whale Trilogy, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 63,570. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
One morning Lily sees a whale in the sky! Despite her grandmother’s assurance that people who see sky whales are destined for great things life goes on as usual in her sheltered mountain village – that is until her path crosses with Viscount Odin Fairchild. Suddenly Lily is thrust into a world of kings and queens and a kingdom in turmoil.