My Interview with one of Amazon’s #1 Hot New Authors Sean Robins

“Who am I? I am Spiderman.”

Well, not really, but this should tell you all you need to know about me and my writing style.

I’m a huge Marvel (plus Game of Thrones, Star Trek AND Star Wars) fan, which shows since my novel is loaded with pop culture references. If you are a sci-fi fan (I assume that you are, otherwise what are you doing here?) you will enjoy them tremendously. I even went full Deadpool in my first draft and broke the fourth wall multiple times, until my editor told it was distracting and kept taking her out of the moment. Shame. Those fourth-wall breaks were hilarious. Still, I can guarantee a few laugh-out-loud moments. Case in point: The “good” aliens in my novel are a race of pranksters, whose main goal in life is pulling other people’s legs (They have four legs, hence the slight change in the idiom). My favorite author is Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files), which is probably how I ended up writing in a first-person POV with the same light-hearted, funny tone as he does. The fact that my MC’s name is Jim is purely coincidental though.

I am a university/college level English teacher, and including Canada, I have lived and worked in five different countries. I have met people from all around the world. Plus, my parents are from a different background, and so is my wife. As a result, diversity has become a major theme in my novel. My characters look like the bridge crew from Star Trek. One of my female characters even impersonated Uhura once, albeit posthumously.

 

What are some of your pet peeves?

People who talk to their phones or each other,  laugh loudly, eat popcorn or in general make any kind of noise in a movie theater drive me crazy.

What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?

Top ten is difficult to choose, but my favorite author is Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files), which is probably how I ended up writing in a first-person POV with the same light-hearted, funny tone as he does. The fact that my MC’s name is Jim is purely coincidental though

What inspired you to write this book?

This needs some background information: I have got purely obsessional OCD. What this means is a thought enters my mind—usually something negative—and doesn’t leave. I end up having to think about it 5000 times a day, and once this starts, my life is ruined for a week, two weeks, a month, or six months. I’d tried a lot of different ways to get rid of this problem: therapy, medication, meditation… Nothing ever worked, until I read an article that said the people who had this problem had an overly active imagination, and it would help if they channeled it into something productive, like writing.

I had the story of The Crimson Deathbringer in my mind for years (even started writing it and stopped a few times). When I read that article, I was going through a tough time in my marriage (fighting with your wife is no fun, even for sane people), and my mind had gone into its life-destroying over-drive, so I told myself, “Well, you’ve tried everything else, let’s give this a shot.”

And then a miracle happened.

My mind put the same energy it used to put into producing BS and making my life miserable into coming up with stories. Ideas would come to me fast and furious, and I had to stop whatever I was doing several times a day to write them down. I’ve been OCD-free since then (I know, I sound like a recovering alcoholic). When TCD (cool, eh?) was finished, it took my out-of-control brain half a day to plan my second novel, which is about a nerdy scientist and a sexy female mercenary who use a time machine to defeat an alien invasion

What can we expect from you in the future?

Besides the time-travelling novel I have just mentioned, I have planned two sequels for The Crimson Deathbringer.

If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

I often say the day that I die my main regret would be missing out on whatever favorite movie coming up then, so I guess if I knew I would die tomorrow, I’d try to watch all the movies/TV shows I am planning to watch.

Describe your writing style.

One of the people who reviewed my book describes my style as “upbeat, humorous and hopeful.”

What makes a good story?

Memorable characters that one can identify with, plus lots of action and humor.

What are you passionate about these days?

My book’s success, and thankfully she is doing very well. One week after her release, The Crimson Deathbringer was No. 1 on Amazon Hot New Releases list, ahead of two Star Wars novels (have a look at the photo I have posted under “about the author”).  She kept trading places with them as either No 1 or No 2 for the entire first month of her life, finishing strongly on top spot for the last five days of the official 30-day “new release” period, a fact about which I constantly bragged on social media.  My “I’ve been asked to write the script for the new Star Wars movie because of this” tweet went viral, and apparently a lot of people took it seriously because I received several “really?” and “congratulations!” messages. I bet my other tweets (“Eat dirt, Star Wars! No, Don’t. Seriously. I still love you.” And “Yes we can!!”) made more than a few people laugh too.

As a Star Wars fan myself, I’m going to proud of the fact that my little indie novel competed against (and won) not one but two Star Wars books until I die. It’s been an honor.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I try to meditate, the key word being “try”.

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?

I’d always wanted to be a writer. This is literally a childhood dream, one of those you give up when you grow up.  In fourth and fifth grade I used to write short comedy stories that the teachers led me read out for the rest of the students at school. And given how much fun writing turned out to be, yes, absolutely!

Describe a day in your life as an author?

I have a day job (English teacher), so between my full time job and promoting The Crimson Deathbringer, I basically write whenever I can find some free time.

What are you currently reading?

The latest book in The Expanse series (Tiamat’s Wrath). After that am planning to finish up Game of Thrones.

How long have you been writing?

Since I was 8 years old.

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?

It’s very unstructured: The plot comes to me, and then it grows. The only part I do in a structured way is character development.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

The latter.

Purchase

AMAZON NO. 1 HOT NEW RELEASE (MAY 2019) WITH MORE THAN 50 FIVE-STAR REVIEWS ACROSS AMAZON AND GOODREADS.

The Akakies, a peaceful, technologically advanced alien species known as “the galaxy’s pranksters,” are under attack by the Xortaags, a vicious military race bent on conquering the universe.

The Xortaags are deadly, but Tarq, the Akakies’ chief strategist and legendary shadow master, has a plan.

Meanwhile on Earth, Jim, a wise-cracking, movie-quoting, OCD-suffering fighter pilot, is about to propose to his girlfriend Liz when his childhood friend Kurt shows up at his house, injured and covered in blood. Kurt is a freedom fighter/super- assassin hunted by a brutal military dictatorship’s security forces.  Soon after, Jim, Liz and Kurt’s lives are set to crash with a galactic war that threatens the very existence of the human race.

Can our heroes save humanity from the wrath of an overwhelming enemy?

The Crimson Deathbringer seamlessly blends breathtaking action sequences with mischievous humor.

If you are a science fiction/space opera fan, this book, with its memorable characters, formidable antagonist and Game of Thrones style shocking moments, is written especially for you.

Praise for The Crimson Deathbringer:

     The Crimson Deathbringer is a mix of funny and clever dialogues, action and adventure, with scenes that made me chuckle, bite my nails, and shed a tear or two. All while it kept me at the edge of my seat, trying to guess what would happen next. And no, most times I guessed wrong.

     Jina Bazzar, the author of Heir of Ashes

     The Crimson Deathbringer is the first novel from Sean Robins–and a great debut it is.  It’s chockablock full of action.  You have dramatic alien-versus-human-versus alien encounters, exciting space battles, an insane race to save the world, some warm-hearted romance, and a lot of waggish humor (reminiscent of Douglas Adams).  If you can get this granite face to break a smile, you’ve accomplished something major and Sean has done just that–by infusing campy fun at the right times, in the right places.

     Tyler Colins, the author of The Connecticut Corpse Caper

 

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