Interview with Sean Achilleos

What are you working on next?
My next piece of writing will probably be a true love story.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't particularly have any favorite authors, but I enjoy Danielle Steel, Eckhart Tolle and Don Miguel Ruiz.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm a lover of life and an optimist and I'm driven by a feeling that "something great is about to happen".
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to paint, create music, cook and of course a glass of red wine is welcome.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have to be honest I am new to the eBook world. I am primitive when it comes to technology, but that is changing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've never written a story before, but numerous poems and song lyrics. However, I will be writing a true-life love story next.
What is your writing process?
It depends, it could happen at any given time, anywhere. I could be lying in bed and the words would just come to me. I have learnt to get out of bed and write them down, because if I don't, it will haunt me. I still do my initial writing on paper.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"Snow", it was one of my sister's books. It was a children's book.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is very important to me. Your cover should tell a story on its own.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading autobiographies about people I find inspiring, such as Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, JK Rowling and Tom Ford.
Describe your desk
Busy, cluttered...a little bit of a haven one could say, and of course a lamp.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Port Elizabeth South Africa. I guess one could say that South Africa is a very unique country and consists of so many different cultures. It's little wonder that we're referred to as "The Rainbow Nation". I think growing up in the old political, conservative South Africa, I often had to deal with emotional "hard blows" relating to my non-religious mind set, but rather spiritual views, as well as my controversial lifestyle by being a non-racial gay man in a society that was not ready to embrace change at the time. I was vehemently attacked in every aspect. I believe this prompted me to look deeper inside myself and caused me to convert pain and experience into words. Hopefully there are other people out there who can find a form of identification in my work. The experience may not be the same, but the emotion might.
When did you first start writing?
I initially started writing songs in the late 1980's. My cousin was a song writer and I always asked him to write me a song. He promised to do so, but never did. Therefore, I started writing for myself. I still write songs and poems, but they are two totally different processes for me. The approach is totally different.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Many people have read my writing and advised me to consider having it published.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Tongue in cheek, I'm about to find out...I will update this answer in time and hopefully then I will give a smashing report.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is a part of me. If I write something that can make people say "Wow I know exactly what you mean" or "Thank you for sharing this", then my day has been made. Some people are givers and some are takers. I guess I'm a giver.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are special to me, because without them my work has no platform.
Published 2017-08-24.
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Books by This Author

An Affair With Life
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 9,650. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » New age philosophy
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"An Affair With Life" - The philosophical poems of Sean Achilleos. The poems of Sean Achilleos were not written in a traditional poetry-like style. His approach is more philosophical and it holds a deeper meaning to the person with whom it resonates. The experience might not be the same, but the emotion might.