Interview with Paul Sean Grieve

Who are your favorite authors?
As far as fiction goes, my tastes are eclectic. I like experimental authors like Haruki Murakami and Michael Houellebecq, more literary writers like Yann Martel and science fiction authors Robert J Sawyer and Paolo Bacigalupi. I've read most of Paulo Coelho's books, as well as some by Dan Brown. I like the fiction and non-fiction work of Ben Mezrich. My favourite non-fiction author is Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I have to make a living somehow. Like most indie authors, I can't afford to write full time, and I think this is a good thing for me. Having to make a living in "the real world" has provided me with many insights and adventures which continue to inform my writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Scuba diving, working out, volunteering, going out with friends, spending quality time with my beautiful wife and, of course, reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
For one, suggestions from Goodreads, MobileRead and LibraryThing. I also get a lot of suggestions from my fellow indie authors on Twitter, some of which have proven to be very entertaining. Friends make a lot of suggestions. I've also recently discovered the subscription services like Oyster and Scribd.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've been writing since I could hold a pen. The first story I remember writing (in grade two) was about a dalmatian who had to find his way home through the forest.
What is your writing process?
Ideas explode out of my head randomly, I write them down, develop them, turn them into plots, write scenes, then delete 80% of what I come up with.
How do you approach cover design?
First, I consider the key visual elements of the story, then I combine them in a way that creates expectation in the reader's mind. For example, the cover for Poison combines the fetus, the chemical diagram and the agricultural field (backdrop). I chose to blur and obscure the face of the fetus to create a sense of mystery. I deliberately chose a relatively minimalist approach (not picturing the characters) because I think the goal of good cover design is to stimulate the reader's imagination.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read most books right on my Mac laptop via Adobe Digital Editions. Otherwise, I use an old Kobo which as served me quite well.
Describe your desk
I don't write at a dest. I write in restaurants and coffee shops, on buses, at the park, by the beach or anywhere that stimulates my creative instincts.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Toronto, Canada. It's an incredibly multicultural city which offers so much to do and experience. I think the variety of experiences available to me there opened my mind to the subjects I like to write about.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've got several novels on the go. One is a sequel to Poison. Another is a supernatural horror/thriller set in Okinawa, Japan.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I write because stories burst out of me on their own. I'm and "indie" author because that's the way the industry is going. The traditional publishing model works well for a handful of well-established authors, but unless you're Margaret Atwood, it's a bit of a fool's game.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that my stories have the power to both entertain people and make them think.
Published 2014-02-25.
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Books by This Author

Poison Harvest
Price: Free! Words: 96,040. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Brilliant but impoverished scientist Drew Freeman discovers hidden research so explosive it could shatter the globe-spanning empire of a massive agricultural conglomerate that will stop at nothing to protect its secret.
That Part of Town
Series: Stories of Okinawa, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 10,900. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Short Story: Harrison never thought married life would be like this. Financially insecure, socially isolated and unready to start a family, he's resisted his wife's relentless pressure to have children, only to find himself practically frozen out of his own home. Sexually frustrated and desperate for the kind of love he no longer gets from his wife, he considers his options.
The Other Woman
Series: Stories of Okinawa, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 7,510. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Short Story: A young Okinawan woman recently dumped by her fiancee considers a future with a dashing American teacher married to another woman.
Promise Me
Price: Free! Words: 5,560. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
A young wife mourning the loss of her loving husband remembers his promise to return to her as a kitten in his next life.