Friday, December 23, 2011

CHRISTMAS INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR, SEAN ALLEN

"GOOD TIDINGS & TRIMMINGS" CHRISTMAS INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR, SEAN ALLEN

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Thank you again for donating a book for our 1st annual "Good Tidings & Trimmings" e-book Giveaway! What book or books did you donate, tell us more about them.

Thank you for inviting me—this is a great idea and I’m happy to be involved! I’m donating Death Drop, the first novel in my D-Evolution series, to the GT&T giveaway. If I had to paint it with a broad stroke, I’d say that Death Drop is a space opera story about a human girl who wakes up in a war-torn universe long after the last known human has been exterminated, and she doesn’t know how she came to be there (or how it’s even possible). As she searches for answers to the mystery surrounding who she is, she is framed for a high-profile murder and drawn into a plot that could destroy the universe.

What is your favorite thing about the holiday season and what does Christmas mean to you?

To me, Christmas always feels like coming home after being away too long. I look forward to forgetting the hectic thrum of the previous 11 months and spending time with the people that I care most about. Some of my favorite things about the holidays are the smell of a freshly cut tree in the house, old movies, the warmth of a fireplace, and finding the perfect gift for someone who doesn’t see it coming.

What is your favorite holiday memory?

My parents are from a part of Washington that can get quite a bit of snow around this time. When I was a kid, I remember going in front of our house during a good snowfall, and my dad would pull my brother and I up and down the street on a plastic sled. After he got tired, we would throw snowballs or jump on the piles of snow at the edges of the street. To bring the frosty festivities to a proper close, we would sit quietly and watch the snowflakes fall softly through the pinkish light of the streetlamp by our house. Good times.

Do you still have any of the toys you got when you were a kid?

Unfortunately, no. And now I’d like to take a moment of silence for the original Millennium Falcon that I tossed out of a second-story window when I was five. I was so sure that little plastic Han Solo and Chewbacca would kick-in the hyperdrive and jet off into the stratosphere. May they rest in peace.

How do you celebrate the holidays?

With as many friends and family members as possible, lots of food, and generous amounts of egg nog!

Do you still believe in Santa Claus?

Why wouldn’t I?

A lot of people get that warm, fuzzy feeling around this time of year, are you one of those people?

I’m not a Scrooge, if that’s what you mean. I enjoy the holidays—there’s definitely something magical about this time of year for me. Warm and fuzzy? I guess that depends on how much egg nog I’ve had.

Have you ever gone caroling or wanted to?

I have this strange thing about singing: if I can’t hear myself, I won’t make a sound. So singing in groups is a little daunting for me, and going all by lonesome seems like it would be…well, lonesome.

If you had a choice of the perfect weather for Christmas would it be cold and snowy, or warm and sunny?

Living in Colorado for most of my life, I’ve experienced both of these weather patterns during Christmas, and I’m most certainly a snow guy. It just fits better with how I picture Christmas in my mind.

Give us your links! Tell us where to find your books and more information about you!

I’m a guy who has probably seen way too many movies in his life. I have a BS in Economics and a MS in Engineering and Technology Management from the Colorado School of Mines. Currently, I live in Colorado with my wife, our two dogs, and one big-boned cat named Frances. You can find information about my book Death Drop and the rest of the D-Evolution series on my website, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Facebook, and Twitter. Thank you for this opportunity and happy holidays!


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