Sean Michael Paquet
I am American, but I live in the Philippines
Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?
Sean Paquet: I don’t find anything complicated. I write as the story comes to me. If the magic is not there on that day or at that time, I do something else creative.
Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?
Sean Paquet: Yes, they are very supportive.
Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Sean Paquet: I would have started writing with more discipline as a teenager.
Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?
Sean Paquet: Once I have the concept in my head, it usually takes about a year from free write to submission.
Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?
Sean Paquet: I believe that people put too much stress and pressure on themselves, causing creative energy to be blocked.
Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?
Sean Paquet: I would say that once someone starts submitting material for viewing to a broad demographic, then they can call themselves a writer.
Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?
Sean Paquet: A writer writes, and an author has usually sold or given away something he or she has written.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?
Sean Paquet: I do not know. I have not had a negative review yet. I imagine I would look at the review context and why someone would submit a negative review.
Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
Sean Paquet: Marketing and promotion without a doubt; I consider the writing part to be easy.
Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?
Sean Paquet: I started writing professionally back in 2017.
Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?
Sean Paquet: Sit down with your favorite delivery media (mine is the notepad app on my phone) and just start writing. Don’t worry about grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, or what have you. There is time enough for that later. Let the ideas flow first, and then polish later.
Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?
Sean Paquet: 1.Character depth.
2. World Stage.
You can write a great story, but if your characters are not fully realized and/or your world is not sufficiently immersive, it will still not read well.
Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?
Sean Paquet: Characters for sure. I believe that if you create well fleshed out characters and a solid, believable world stage, then the rest is just a matter of chronicling their adventure.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?
Sean Paquet: I spend a lot of time meditating on my characters. I write about them, think about them, I even draw them. Whatever it takes to put me in the character’s mind. As far as plot, I keep it loose. There is a beginning and an end. What happens in between is up to the characters.
Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?
Sean Paquet: I retired back in 2017. Once I had all that time on my hands, I started doing articles for magazines and other publications. I guess that would be when I started calling myself a writer.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?
Sean Paquet: I use social media heavily for marketing and promotion. It is also how I keep in touch with my readers.
Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?
Sean Paquet: My favorite part would be the sense of accomplishment for having completed a story. My least favorite would be how slowly the wheels of the commercial publishing process works.
Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?
Sean Paquet: I do cover design as well. I would do my best to point them in the right direction if they had questions or concerns.
Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?
Sean Paquet: I have one published so far and a Work in Progress. My first book, „A GAME OF GODS” will always be my favorite. It is a very deep and involved story with a lot of messages people can learn from.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?
Sean Paquet: Things kind of slowed down towards the middle of the book. I had to change directions several times before I could see a way forward to the end I had in my mind.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?
Sean Paquet: For me, it was magic! The whole world in the book functions on a combination of magic and technology. My theory for this is that „one man’s science is another man’s magic.” It was a lot of fun to write because I didn’t have to create anything crazy or special. I just used readily identifiable concepts and presented them in a believable fashion.
Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?
Sean Paquet: The main Character Jon Raynecksson. A lot of the things he goes through on his adventures are metaphors or direct correlations to my own life.
Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?
Sean Paquet: The sequel, titled „The Jarl’s Shadow” picks up where the first book left off. It chronicles the journey home of an army through an uncharted wilderness. It is also the story of Jon’s sister, Amra Raynecksson and how she struggles with her own unique gifts and abilities.
Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.
Sean Paquet: Wow… hmmmm … Funny… I cannot think of anything funny in my adult life.
Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.
Sean Paquet: Well I am an author, Paranormal Investigator, and freelance writer who lives and works as an American Expatriate in the Philippines. I retired from active duty military service in 2013 after 24 years. I was then a private defense contractor in the Middle East until 2018. I am from a small town called Carp Lake in the Northern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. I grew up loving to read, write poetry, and I had enough promise as an artist to consider it full-time until I decided to join the military. I have always had an interest in the weird, unusual, and strange things that exist on the fringes of our reality. My interest in heathenism, metaphysics, meditation, and out of body experiences led me to publish my first novel titled A Game of Gods in June, 2020. My second novel, titled The Jarl’s Shadow is a Work in Progress, and explores metaphysical concepts along with personality disorders while maintaining a science fiction/fantasy related backstory of unimaginable alien forces, lost civilizations, and conspiracy theories.
As far as something I hate about this world… It’s not so much a hate thing as a disappointment thing. So many people in this world are still asleep. They are content to live their lives from birth to death and not make a shred of difference in the lives of others. Most people tend just to consider that to be all that there is—few attempt to rise higher and see the bigger picture. There is something greater out there than ourselves, and every human has the potential to rise above themselves to something higher and more profound.
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