Interview with Sean M. Cordry

When did you first start writing?
My first vivid memory of writing was of doing a story in the sixth grade about aliens who landed at the north pole looking for water. The other eleven-year-olds were quite impressed with my six-page story.
What's the story behind your latest book?
An Arizona Legend about two cowboys who claimed to have seen (and shot) a large, leathery-winged flying monster.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
This question presumes that I have grown up.

Big mistake.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Generally, the psychotic beeping of the alarm drilling into my unconscious brain like Steve Martin in The Little Shop of Horrors.
Describe your desk
Which one?

My college campus office is bland and very cubicle-chic -- except for my Zen rock garden. One coffee shop has high tables. One coffee shop has regular tables. One coffee shop has fast-food-style decor. My home work environment is a fine example of organized chaos, punctuated by letting the dogs out so that they can come back in.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an iPad. It suits me pretty well. My ratio of fiction-to-nonfiction reading is probably about 1-to-4, so I make extensive use of the highlighting and annotating features of the Kindle App.
How do you approach cover design?
I chose the motif of a pterodactyl's shadow for Kokopelli's Thunder because I thought it portrayed an air of mystery and foreboding. The novel is dark and suspenseful, so I needed to set that tone for readers. The background color is reminiscent of the rocky terrain of Chaco Canyon -- the setting for the novel.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Hard to say at this point. I'm primarily focused on social media, getting reviews and that sort of thing. I'm hoping to generate some good word-of-mouth, starting slowly, and then picking up speed.

I've definitely got the starting slowly part down.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
As a full-time college professor and a business owner, most of my spare time is devoted to writing, reading, researching and marketing. Doesn't leave much time for other tings.

I used to build solar ovens -- I even have one design that could be patented. It's capable of reaching internal temperatures around 200F. We've cooked lasagna, pork loin, veggies, corn bread -- all kinds of things. It's a really fun and unique way to cook.

In the evening, my wife and I usually watch about an hour of TV before we go to bed. Lately, we're totally wrapped-up in Netflix's House of Cards with Keven Spacey.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm incredibly humbled that they've invested time in me, trusting me to take them on a fantastic journey. It's such a privilege.
What are you working on next?
The next book in the series will examine the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. Can't tell you much now, but I'm jazzed about it. Should be very cool.
Published 2014-04-18.
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Books by This Author

Kokopelli's Thunder: Fall of the Anasazi
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,840. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
An immortal Native American, his son, and their pterodactyl must stop a Mayan witch from acquiring the ultimate power. Lose yourself in this genre-bending story that flashes back and forth between the 12th century and the 20th century as you learn the secret of how an entire civilization vanished overnight.