Tuesday, November 8, 2011

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR, SEAN J. QUIRK


INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR OF "THE BETRAYAL'S OF GRIM'S PEAK" & "CATCH", SEAN J. QUIRK




Thank you Sean for agreeing to let me put you on the spot like this! My first question for you is what do you think the word, 'writer' encompasses. What does it mean to you?

-- The word means an escape for me from the hollow parts of life. It's a place where I can go to catch my breath, recharge, and come out firing for the next round.

You mention at times having those 'head banging' days trying to figure out what you want to write about. How did you come up with the ideas for your novels?

-- To be perfectly honest I'm still not sure how it works exactly. If you saw the notes I made before writing Betrayals and compared them to the end result, you'd think somebody else wrote it. The concepts come to me, never fully formed, and if it's something that interests me I'll run with it, see where it goes. The bottom line is that when I start writing I have virtually no idea what's going to happen, which is scary, but at the same time, it's what makes it worth it for me because I want to see what happens as much as anyone.

Is the fantasy genre the only genre you are interested in writing or do you eventually plan to branch out to other areas?

-- Betrayals is fantasy, and the newer of the genres I've written in. Catch would be considered a techno/sci-fi/thriller.

Who are some of your inspirations?

-- Dean Koontz, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling.

When you have down time, what do you like to read?

-- Well, I've just started on the Hunger Games series which I'm enjoying a lot!

Tell us more about "Catch" and "The Betrayals of Grim's Peak" what are these books about?

-- I've always been fascinated by the ocean. Growing up, the highlight of the year was when my parents packed my brother and I in the car and took us down to the coast for our yearly vacation. I spent a lot of time by the water day dreaming about monsters of the deep and pirates and mermaids, and then one day I started wondering what it would be like to live down there. And that idea has basically been fermenting in my head for years, until about a year ago when the concept came to me.

The Betrayals of Grim's Peak is my own fun interpretation of what life would be like at the bottom of the ocean and centers around an infant boy named Augie who is adopted after being found floating in the ocean during a violent explosion of blue light that erupted somewhere deep underwater. He is brought back to his adoptive parents' cabin fourteen years later and is attacked by several nightmarish creatures waiting for him in a nearby cove. Not long after that he is introduced to the magical world of Grim's Peak where he, along with his friends, has to figure who is trying to kill him, and what his connection to a centuries old secret is before it's too late.

Catch is a hard-hitting thriller brimming with action and sophisticated weaponry, centered around a guy, Catch Harris, who wants nothing more than to be left alone. During a visit to local Lake Tahoe diner he stumbles upon the abduction of his waitress, Hallie Baker, by a group of scary looking, well trained men, who snatch her out of the storm and race away in their SUVs.

And so begins their adventure together to find out what is hidden inside the package recently sent to Hallie by her missing father. A package that Hallie's abductors will do anything to retrieve....

Where would you like to see your career as a writer go in the near future?

-- Honestly, fame and fortune aren't big motivators. I love to do it and would be completely happy if the returns from my books allowed me to do it full time.

What is your all time favorite character in books that you have read?

-- It would have to be Einstein, the insanely intelligent dog from Dean Koontz's Watchers. I know ... an odd choice, but there you go.

What is your next novel and when can we expect to see it out?

-- The title is Remedy and it's Catch's follow up. You can expect to see it out in a few months. It isn't a sequel to Catch as much as it is a sister-novel involving a few recurring characters, but an entirely different story set on the same day as Catch.

Lastly, is there any advice you'd like to share with other aspiring authors?

-- Persistence. You're going to get a lot of rejections. Take in the good, brush away the bad, and if you truly love writing you'll keep going. Rejection tends to wean out the writers who are doing it for all the wrong reasons.

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