Here's a new feature I'm adding to the blog...S.A. Lusher is our first Featured Author we're introducing our friends and followers to. I had the pleasure of interviewing Sean recently and got some interesting observations from one of the more promising indie authors on 2014!
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I know it
sounds a bit cliched, but it's one of those "For as long as I can remember" type
situations. I remember spending a lot of my school years, starting in second
grade, writing and reading. Sometimes it feels like I was born with an imprint
to write books.
What are some of the struggles you've had
to overcome to get to where you are today?
mainly. I have a serious motivation problem, and only to compound that, I spent
a lot of time being afraid of my work. I'd end up putting together a solid plan
of action, then, within days, I'd immediately began worrying over all the things
that could go wrong and within a week the whole thing would fall
What do you do to deal with writer's
A couple of things, none of them entirely
effective. If it's just day-to-day writer's block on a very simple level, I
usually try to just push through it and keep writing anyway. I also break up the
writing with reading books, playing games or cleaning up the apartment. If it's
something serious, like just not being able to make the novel work, I've finally
got to the point where I just turn to another project entirely if enough time
Which authors would you say served as a large influence
on your writing?
I started reading 'grown up' books
the first day of eighth grade when I cracked open Bob Mayer's Area 51. I'd have
to say that Bob Mayer and Simon R. Green, with his Deathstalker series, served
largely as foundation for my current writing. Besides them...well, I tend to
take away from everything I read that I don't hate, but there are three authors
that stand out for certain: Neil Gaiman, Stephen King and William
If there was one famous author you could write a novel
with, who would it be and why?
Gaiman. Besides being one of the best authors currently walking the Earth, he is
probably one of the nicest people alive. I had a rare opportunity to speak with
him last year and the man was pretty much kindness incarnate.
What do you think of the self-publishing
I think it is, by far, the best thing
to happen to authors since the inception of the publishing industry. I could go
on for ages about why self-publishing is far superior to the industry for
everyone who isn't already Stephen King levels of fame, but I'd pretty much be
rehashing everything J. A. Konrath has ever said.
How do you go about writing a
I start by making sure I have a solid
concept, and then discerning where the novel begins and where it ends. Then I
layer on a skeletal frame of the overall plot by writing a sort of treatment
describing everything I want to happen in the novel. Then I break it up and fill
the story out by breaking down a chapter-by-chapter treatment. Then I just
Does any other form of media influence your writing? If
so, what and how?
Anyone who has read my work will
tell you that sometimes it seems more like I'm novelizing a video game than
anything else. I've been playing games for as long as I can remember and as a
result, I tend to structure stories in terms of how you might play a first
person shooter or an RPG. Film also played a large role in influencing my
writing. From Terminator to Fight Club to A Clockwork Orange, I watched them all
during my formative years. Music also plays a huge, active role in my daily
writing. If I'm writing, I'm listening to music. No music, no writing. It's that
ingrained. I tend think of my works like movies and/or games, aka very visually,
and as a result I always try to listen to the kind of music that would be
playing during the scene. Over the past few years, Carbon Based Lifeforms has
been a huge help in setting the mood for my works.
What are your plans for the future, writing
Well, presently I'm writing Ceaseless, which
is Book #5 in The Shadow Wars series. I've also very recently began working on a
new bleak Sci-Fi/Action series called Darkest Night. For the foreseeable future,
these two franchises will be consuming my attention. But I also plan on
releasing Dead Ice and Endurance, a novella and novel set during the first three
novels of the Shadow Wars series, the Necropolis Trilogy. I also plan on
releasing a collection of Sci-Fi/Horror shorts and I hope to get a contemporary,
experimental horror novel written with fellow co-founder of Dark Nexus Fiction
M. Knepper sometime this year.
Here's some links where you can find out more about Sean:
S. A. Lusher Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorsalusher
S. A. Lusher
Amazon Library: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00FFISYDC
Dark Nexus Fiction
DNF Official Blog: http://darknexusfiction.blogspot.com/