Interview with Sean Ford

When did you first start writing?
After the Pages app came out for the iPad. I was almost done with the Half Orcs series by David Dalglish, and I thought to my self, if he can do it, what do I have to lose? It took my a few years and several prototype stories, but eventually I finished Moonlight in the fall of 2013.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Mostly it was a belief that if other people can do it, then so can I. I always had what people would call an overactive imagination, and I thought I should put it to good use. That and it's really fun.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
it sounds a little corny, but for me the greatest joy I could ever get is to meet a person who read my book and said to me "Yea, it wasn't bad. I actually liked it." In a world were there are so many good series and books out there, I would be over the moon to find out there are people that simply liked my book and it wasn't a waste of their time.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. If I were ever to find out I had a fan base, I would try to keep in touch with them as often as possible. I personally have gotten friends and family into books and shows because of my own personal fandom, and I know that if my little books are going to go anywhere, it is because my fans take it there.
What are you working on next?
I am already working on the next book in the chronicle, actually started it the day after I published Moonlight. The tentative title is Moonlight: Blood Feud and I hope to have it published in fall of 2014.
Describe your desk
Simple, nonexistent. I have a chair I like to sit in with my laptop or my iPad and write. I also prop my iPad on my knees in bed to write before I go to sleep. I swear I get the best ideas sometimes at night.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use an iPad, but I also have a Kindle app as well as iBooks. I try to find the best deal on an ebook before I buy it, and I always read all the books in a series on the same device.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do several things to keep my imagination going, such as watch movies, play video games, and try to spend time with family and friends. The other big thing taking up my time right now is pharmacy school, which I should graduate from in 2017.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I actually have the small 40 page plot saved on my computer hard drive. I want to circle back to it after I finish with the chronicle, and the story is actually an Easter egg in Moonlight if you know were to look.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Wow, that's a loaded question. Over the years I've read several things, from actual novels all the way to manga and graphic novels as well. But I guess if I had to pick just five it would breakdown like this.

5. Transformers: Hardwired by Scott Ciencin. This book really captured my attention when I was in middle school. I had been a fan of Transformers since I was three, and I had only watched the shows on Saturday mornings. I baught Hardwired at a Walden books in the local mall and burned through it in a week. It showed some of my favorite characters from the cartoon in a new light, how they actually thought, and felt when faced with surprisingly human problems. It truly showed that the Transformers were more than meets the eye.

4. Watchmen by Alen Moore and Dave Gibbons. I picked up the graphic novel before the movie came out and fell in love with it. For the first time it made me think about how the world would react to having superheroes live among them. I had been a fan of a lot of the Marvel stories and had been jaded to that view of how a strongman in spandex would fit into the world. Watchmen felt much more real and grounded to me in that way, that they were people first, and heroes second. It also changed my outlook on life a little as well, making me look harder at people in authority and question things some, because after all, who watches the watchmen?

3. A Sliver of Redemption by David Dalglish. Mr. Dalglish's Half Orcs series was the first ebook series I ever read. I started it when I got the first generation iPad as a birthday present, and burned through the books as fast as I could. During the four earlier books, the characters are put through the ringer. Each event worse than the last, from family betrayal to the death of a young child and everything in between. I would tell myself that it had to turn around after each book to keep going, but it would get darker and darker. Finally Redemption came out and sure enough, Mr. Dalglish did manage to give you a warm fuzzy feeling that made up for four books of solid emotional torture at the end. However, the sequel series started by A Prision of Angels is setting up another roller coaster ride that I'm all in for.

2. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. This one started my first massive book series that I read through. I read it after seeing that trash pile of a movie and thinking the movie was good, boy was I wrong. I had known of epic fantasy and had scirted around it, watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy movies and the like. However this was the first series that I was totally engrossed in. I read up on the wiki page, trying to understand as much of the world as I could. After finishing Inheratance when it came out, I got an idea for a sequel series I would love to pitch to Mr. Paolini one day.

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. On the whole, The Hunger Games trilogy of books are fantastic, but the ending takes the cake for me. It takes the top spot for one reason and one reason only, it is the only book I have raver read that had made me teary-eyed. The ending just gutted me, and that is a hard thing to do. Mockingjay wrapped up all the loose ends, ending the books on a bittersweet note. For me that is something I strive for in my own writing, being able to mp it only bring out joy in a reader but also sorrow. Truly I hope I can channel some of that emotion into my own series of books.
Published 2013-12-21.
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Books by This Author

Moonlight
Series: The Moonlight Chronicle, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 45,000. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
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Daniel Harris has a good life, loving girlfriend, good friends, and a good job. But when his girlfriend Hannah is kidnapped by a high school stalker, Daniel learns that his home town of Moonlight is not all that it seems. the resulting rescue causes Daniel and Hannah both to confront the beast within, and realize that life in Moonlight is wilder than they ever expected.