Interview with Sean Dow

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have had a desire to write for years, but was always caught up in work, hobbies and life. A personal tragedy left me searching and prompted me to begin writing as an escape. Writing has now become one of my most enjoyable hobbies and I look forward to any opportunity to work on my novels.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords provided an easy means of publishing my first novel, an otherwise intimidating process, and a means of distribution, especially to libraries and big name book sellers such as Barnes & Noble.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in writing has been the feedback from my readers-- the opportunity to lighten their day gives me great satisfaction. I have also found an unexpected benefit; the research, especially for my upcoming second novel, "A Leafy Green World," has greatly expanded my horizons. It is like travelling the world, or going back to school, but with only subjects of my choosing.
What are you working on next?
My upcoming novel is completely different from "Debridement." Several have asked for a sequel, and I may eventually write that, but other ideas have taken precedence. "A Leafy Green World" is a slightly less light-hearted work, though my hope is that it, too, will provide an enjoyable escape for my readers.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am an avid reader, and there isn't enough opportunity to list all my favorites, but the ongoing stories of Special Agent Pendergast, published by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have to be among my all-time favorites. Their individual works are also quite amazingly good.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Every day is a new opportunity. As a critical care physician, I have one of the most enjoyable and rewarding careers imaginable, with new challenges arising on a regular basis and the chance to meet new, oftentimes fascinating people. I have also noticed that as I have become more involved in writing, I take greater notice of my surroundings, often noticing details or having insights that find a way into my novels.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have more hobbies than I have time to do them. Cooking has been a favorite, and I am seldom happier than when I am outdoors, whether hunting for rocks or mushrooms, fishing or simply exploring our wonderful world. Through my interactions with patients, I have rediscovered the joys of one of the greatest games ever created, Cribbage-an ideal combination of strategy and luck, in a form that encourages social interaction. I can't help but think the world would be a better place, if more people sat down behind a board now and again.
What is your writing process?
I typically do my most productive writing in the early morning. The stories unfold as I write them. I try to put myself in the position of the main character. I do several self-edits then send the book to family and a few friends. Last spring, I decided to get more "professional" and sent "Debridement" out for a professional edit. I learned a lot from the editing and have significantly revised my novel. The new and improved version has been recently re-submitted to Smashwords.
How do you approach cover design?
I strive for a cover that will be striking, and that will hint at the general theme of my novel.
What do you read for pleasure?
I typically read adventure and thriller novels, but occasionally humor and court-room dramas. I look for a novel that is well-written with a tight, fast paced plot and no internal inconsistencies, and a story that will get me involved. When a story gets bogged down in insufferable amounts of unnecessary description of every item of a characters clothing, 'his diamond-encrusted Rolex watch set off his jet black Johnson & Johnson shoes, always polished to a "T", which reflected his perfectly combed blond hair and his such and such suit, etc, the book will find its way back to the shelf-a story should stand on its own and not need to fill the pages with such irrelevancy.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I love a story where a seemingly simple change leads to ever-increasing difficulties-"A Simple Plan" by Scott Smith is a favorite example. I also seek to write stories that I have never seen done by others. I don't want to put out another version of the same story that has been told a dozen times.
What do your fans mean to you?
My readers mean everything to me. It sounds trite, but I don't want to have anyone feel they have wasted their time reading one of my novels. When I read a good story, it is a transforming experience. This is what I want for my readers.
Published 2013-09-20.
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Books by This Author

A Leafy Green World/Al-thar
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 208,670. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Two fast paced and timely action novels come together as the reader is introduced to Dr. Brent Holcomb and his cast of endearing friends as they battle domestic terrorists in the Pacific Northwest, and international terrorists from the peaceful Philippine islands to Washington, D.C., and from Pakistan to Siera Leone in this thriller which has been described as being almost too realistic.