Interview with Sean P. Martin

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Inspiration isn't really the right word - I have 4 children, 2 dogs and 5 cats, so staying in bed isn't something they let me do often! Once I'm up, I'm always aware that any conversation I hear, anything I see, even a random thought that suddenly pops in to my head, can spark off something creative.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, studying, assisting my wife to run our hair salon, raising 4 kids, cleaning, doing house-chores, taking care of the pets, and occasionally sleeping!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually by following authors whose work I'm familiar with, or those recommended by friends and family. Occasionally I set myself a challenge of reading something by someone I've never heard of before. That was how I stumbled on to Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series, which, if you haven't read it, is fantastic.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really. I do remember a story I wrote when I was about 6 or 7 that ended up winning a bookstore competition. The story was called "The wishing egg", and it was about two boys who stumbled across a magic egg that could grant wishes, what they chose to do with it, and in the end, how the magic affected their friendship to the extent that they wished to undo all of their previous wishes.
What is your writing process?
Completely random. I generally start with either an idea, like with my first novel 'Seoul Mates', which was "Can I write a romance book?". I've also written books for my children based on the types of stories they enjoy, and with the Fallen Angel series, it's because I want to learn more about the characters.
From there, I just start, with absolutely no planning. I view myself as being 'along for the ride', much like the readers, and I enjoy seeing the turns the story takes as it develops. Occasionally I am hit with inspiration for an event that will occur somewhere in the story, and I enjoy finding out more about how it fits in to the bigger picture.
When I am writing, I tend to do so on my lunch breaks, headphones in, listening to the same music in the same order. This gives me a block of time most days when I can block out the world and just let the words flow.
How do you approach cover design?
This depends on the book - for Flyboy and Jet, and The Hidden Door, they were both children's books so I wanted the covers to be designed by my children. For other books, I spend time working out the elements that I feel will best work, and talking to a designer to get the best result.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction. I have a group of favorite authors, such as Dean Koontz, Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong and Harlan Coben. Generally I prefer supernatural or 'odd' fiction, but what really draws me in is the author's style and how it fits with my own preferences.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My no-brand e-reader, as it's completely indiscriminate about the file types it will work with. This gives me the freedom to browse multiple sites without worrying about whether a specific book will be readable on my device.
Describe your desk
I don't have one. I write on my 'baby', an old netbook I bought when I lived in Korea. She's small, light, and still going strong. This works well for me as it gives me the freedom to write wherever and whenever I like rather than being tied down to a specific location.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was a child, and meandered through the next thirty or so years occasionally writing, taking creative writing classes, that sort of thing. During that time though, I was never able to finish anything longer than a short story. While in Korea, one of my friends was heavily into romance novels. \For some strange reason, I started wondering if I could write one, and that was where the spark was rekindled. Since then, I have written almost constantly, in different genres, for different age groups, and in different lengths. I seem to go to a lot of trouble not to 'pigeonhole' myself.
What's the story behind your latest book?
There are two main 'stories' behind the book I'm currently working on. When I finished Seoul Mates: Tears & Tragedy, I was struck with inspiration for my next romance novel. Of course, I usually have multiple works on the go at the same time, so that idea was filed for later use. Recently, my wife and I were invited to attend the wedding of one of our dear friends from our time in Korea. This friend was the person who inspired me to start writing again, and was the person to whom I dedicated my first novel Seoul Mates'. It made sense to me that I write this novel as a gift to her on her wedding day.
Published 2014-09-05.
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Books by This Author

Seoul Mates: Tears & Tragedy
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,060. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Following on from Seoul Mates, Tears and Tragedy tells the tale of Teresa Outwell, a young woman who travels to Korea to teach English and find herself. Footloose and carefree, she is surprised to find love when she wasn't expecting or looking for it. And while it may not be a perfect love everlasting, there is always the chance that lightning can strike twice.
Demid: A Fallen Angel Novel
Series: Fallen Angel. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,020. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Still reeling from the death of his daughter, Fallen Demon Demid E'mon finds his past affecting the present. An ancient gift proves to be a curse, and in the hands of his enemies, could spell the end for all of his kind - Angel and Demon alike.
Seoul Mates
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,080. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A real-life style romance set in South Korea. Brooke Langford leaves Canada after a relationship goes bad, heading into the unknown world of ESL teaching. On the plane, in less-than-ideal circumstances,she meets Charles, who is likewise beginning a Korean adventure. Can these two overcome a disastrous first meeting, a jealous ex and the challenges associated with living in a foreign country?
Fallen Angel: Redemption
Series: Fallen Angel, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,470. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Cassiel has had a good four years since the events of fallen Angel: Penance. But all good things must come to and end, as they say. Stuck in a foreign country. Out of friends, out of luck and out of time, his past comes back to haunt him. And there will be Hell to pay.
Fallen Angel: Penance
Series: Fallen Angel, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,650. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
In the six months since the events of Fallen Angel: Purgatory, Cassiel has established himself as a sex-offender counselor in a 'rehabilitation facility'. He is trying to atone for what he did, and it looks like he'll receive his chance. If he takes it, though, he will travel down a long, dark road from which he will not return unscathed.
Fallen Angel: Purgatory
Series: Fallen Angel, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 51,460. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Cassiel Malcolm. Unable to lie, unable to die. When the daughter of an old friend turns up asking for his help, Cassiel is thrown into a world of Fallen-hunting paramilitary groups, a Fallen Demon, and a pedophile-targeting serial killer. Some days it just doesn't pay to answer the door... Book 1 in an ongoing series.