Sean P. Valiente
- We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.
I’m currently working on the marketing aspects of self-publishing my first book, The Lighting Knight, and working on the second book in the series. I’m already five chapters in, and it’s pretty exciting!
- In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.
My first book, The Lighting Knight, is currently out. It’s been a labour of love for a few years and I’m really excited about it. It’s a classic fantasy book the vein of an Eragon, but it really focuses on the characters and perspective around them. It’s got your dragons and elves and magic and knights, but at its core it’s really a story about that hyper focus teenage love that feels so intense but also so fleeting. And it’s about friendships and identity and a hero’s journey but flipped on its head.
- As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)
My least favourite part of the writing process has definitely been the editing portion with a professional editor. Not so much that it was bad, but rather my editor, in making my manuscript awesome, cut a bunch of my more flowery and puffery language that served no purpose other than I loved it. I miss my fluff, but to be a proper and professional manuscript, it needed to go.
4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?
I love the actual writing portion, especially with a fantasy series. I’ll be writing and then think of something for book six and lay a breadcrumb about it in book one and giggle to myself and then go tell my wife who has no idea what’s going on but gives me the cursory “That’s nice honey.”
5. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.) I think I would steal a few things: Brent Weeks Plotting, Tolkien’s prose, GRRM worldbuilding, and Rowling’s love of adverbs.
6. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?
I would explain that in order to grow, sometimes life doesn’t always go according to plan. But in the end, it’ll be okay. Or maybe it won’t, I haven’t written that part yet
7. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?
The Black Prism’s main protagonist, Gavin Guile, against Oliver Quartermaine, the stakes are political control. While Gavin might be better at politics and leadership, Oliver would win in any game of poker, because he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve (or to be more precise, in his mind).
8. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.) I don’t know if I would say I have an area of expertise, but one trap I would say to avoid, and this goes for all writers, is to try your best to avoid imposter syndrome at all costs. It’s so hard not to think you’ve written absolute garbage but chances are, you haven’t, and you need to tell yourself that sometimes.
9. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.
My favourite youtube soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqOfPkHGq9U&t=6148s&ab_channel=PandoraJourney