Interview with Sean Patrick Hannifin

What's the story behind your latest book?
"Son of a Dark Wizard" actually started with the title. I was buying ice-cream at the grocery store when the title popped in my head and it excited me. I began thinking about who exactly this "son of a dark wizard" was, and what his story might be. Over the next five months I plotted out six or seven possible stories, all of them very different from each other. Some were very dark and gritty, others more humorous and light-hearted. One was actually a bit like Phantom of the Opera, with a romance at its center. But none of these plots really excited me enough, and it took a while for me to spiral in on what the story at last became. I was watching Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho when the idea for the Nyrish Council popped in my head, and it was then that the story finally started coming together.

One thing I really wanted to do with the story was to play with the common fantasy tropes of a "chosen one" and an old mysterious prophecy, but from the point of view of the bad guy, the guy who the chosen one's supposed to kill. I had a lot of fun with that.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My impatience with agents was a big motivation. I hated waiting four or five months just to get a rejection (if I got any response at all), especially while sitting on a story I honestly believed in.

I also knew other authors who were starting to build their audiences. It just looked like fun. There's an entrepreneurial spirit about it. I wanted to be a part of that, despite its very steep challenges.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love when you're writing a scene, and you get a cool idea in the middle of it, or near the end of it, and the scene turns out even better than you thought it would. It's a wonderful satisfaction.

Of course, there's also the reverse of that, when you have an idea that seems cool in your mind but you just can't make it work on paper. That can really ruin a day.
What are you working on next?
Right now I'm working on a story about a teenager who has the forbidden power to control dragons. He tries to use this power to help his country win a war, but it's of course a risky business. I'm also working on a sequel to "Son of a Dark Wizard" as well as co-writing a few things.
Published 2015-01-05.
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Books by This Author

Son of a Dark Wizard
You set the price! Words: 41,610. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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After his father is assassinated, the young dark wizard Sorren is determined to reclaim his father's kingdom. He doesn’t care if his father’s assassin is a boy believed to be the Chosen One, or if the prophecy that foretold his father’s death also calls for his own death at the same boy’s hands. But Sorren soon learns his dark wizard powers alone are no match for the Chosen One's powerful weapon.