AUTHOR INTERVIEW 27


Sean Michael Paquet

I am American, but I live in the Philippines

Age 49

My first Novel, „A Game of Gods” is the platform where you as the reader can jump off of the roller coaster of reality, and be transported to another world. 
So I will be honest with you. Why did I write A Game of Gods? Well, to be truthful, I found myself in a position where I had a lot of time on my hands and found myself daydreaming again of a world I had created in my mind at the age of 10. I was always a very nerdy, bookish, introverted type back then, and it seemed far more comfortable to live in a world where everything I wanted to believe could happen.
My original protagonist in this world back then was Toriak of Odom. A society plagued by war, and the only way people could survive was to become fully cybernetic. Even back then, my view of the world of reality was pretty grim. I came from a broken home and an abusive father. I saw what his time in Vietnam had done to him.
As I got older and started reading, my view of the world became increasingly cynical. Right around age 11, I started reading Erich von Däniken’s books beginning with Chariots of the Gods? I was also staying abreast of current events in the world. At such a young age, Chariots of the Gods? And books similar to it was an escape from a world full of bullies, broken promises, abuse, and ruined relationships.
As a teenager, I found I had a knack for writing and creative arts. So much to the point that by my senior year in high school, my curriculum consisted of four art classes and four literature classes. I even had aspirations of attending the Dayton Art Institute. Then I took a placement test for the military called the ASVAB.
Thats when I discoved I had an aptitude for mechanics. Pretty amazing for someone who had never even picked up a screwdriver in his life. So that was my path, and I put aside art and writing for 30 years while I traveled the world in the service of my country both as an active duty member of the United States Air Force and then as a private defense contractor in the Middle East.
In my time, I have seen a world moving steadily towards the brink of disaster. Several times, I was directly responsible for that steady march. I have seen enough of the world and the evil that abounds within it.
I finally settled down back in 2015 after several failed marriages, alcoholism, and finally, PTSD. I met the most amazing young woman while I was a defense contractor in the Middle East. Her name was Farrah. She was the only person who never gave up on me during some of the darkest times in my life.
Those dark times inevitably required me to remove myself from the world and live a more peaceful life. During that whole time, Farrah was right there with me. We built a house up in Ilocos Norte, Philippines, and I officially retired from a life of war and the business of war on 15 May 2018. Now, as I said before, I was left with a lot of time on my hands and a very active imagination. So I told Farrah I was going to write A Game of Gods. She gave me her full support and still does to this day.
A Game of Gods is truly a world where everything you want to believe is real. Prehistoric beasts walk side by side with Vikings. The characters are either gifted with strange abilities or are augmented by technology. Soldiers from an Earth in the near future battle against genetically created nightmare creatures and armies move across the land, bringing both hope and destruction.
Above all of the seeming chaos are godlike beings who play games of intrigue and secrecy using whole worlds as platforms for human evolution and social experimentation.
It is my hope that you will enjoy reading A Game of Gods, as much as I enjoyed writing it. For it is but one story in a world of endless possibilities—a planet known as Threa.
Ever since I was a child, and began reading about aliens, fantasy worlds, and magic, I always wondered what if?

What if all of those Ancient Alien conspiracies were true? If so, then where did all of those lost civilizations and colonies go after they mysteriously disappeared? What if there was a cosmic collection point somewhere out there?

So for many years, I created this world in my imagination where Vikings and Aztecs still existed. I would dream of a world where Atlantis still thrived. In my mind’s eye, I would envision a world overseen by a mysterious all-powerful being who was neither living or dead, but rather a machine infused with living consciousness. My daydreams would be filled with strange quests and prehistoric animals.

As I became older, the world in my mind changed with me. The strange disappearances from Earth, combined with years of warfare made a plausible theory that Earth was in-fact doomed, and there was a race of benevolent beings who were doing everything they could to save life on Earth.

My fascination with Vikings and magic began when I started studying pagan religions. I found Norse mythology and the adventures of Viking raiders to be fascinating. I especially became engrossed in the unique magic surrounding that ancient culture.

I began writing this book in 2017. Since it’s beginning, I have gone through many personal and professional trials in my life. Many of those are also reflected in this writing.

This book for me is about the pursuit of truth. It is about death and rebirth. It is about love and consequences. Mostly I wrote it because in doing so, I was able to become self-aware. I believe in Karma, and I also believe in reincarnation.

As I wrote this book, I became aware of all of the mistakes I had made in my life. The task of writing required me to take a hard look at myself because now instead of escaping reality, I was creating a reality.

I believe that this book is an insight into one possible probability out of many. In life we are presented with multiple probabilities to every situation or path. Our choices are what guide the hands of Fate. So as I finish this book and present it to the world, I know in my heart that I finally made the right choices in my life.

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.

Barnes & Noble 

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-game-of-gods-sean-michael-paquet/1137286519?ean=2940163046393

Booklocker

https://booklocker.com/11076

Rakuten kobo

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-game-of-gods

Apple Store

http://books.apple.com/us/book/id1525321754

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