About Sean Cameron:
Sean Cameron is from Rochester, England and currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and step-daughter. When not laughing at the British weather report, he finds time to write the comedy book series REX & EDDIE MYSTERIES.
He likes cycling, dinosaurs, carrot cake, and hiking; although not much hiking happens as he fears being eaten by a mountain lion. He dislikes the news, squash soup, Gordon Ramsey’s face, and mountain lions.
What inspires you to write?
I love telling stories in any situation and in any form, from telling a shaggy dog story in the pub to tweeting. I get the most out of it when I get an emotional reaction out of the person I’m telling the story to. I crave that reaction and that’s what I think of when I’m writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
When it comes to ideas I collect thoughts, ideas, images, from my every day life. I’m regularly seen writing down notes on my phone. I read lots of trivia and think of ways to layer it into a story.
Eventually, I have so many things written down as notes it becomes easy to string them together as one story. I outline as much as I can and then write. It doesn’t matter if the outline isn’t fully worked out. It’s just a line to peg my story points to.
I usually cast my characters too, with either people I’ve met or actors. But I don’t share who I cast as I don’t want to pollute the readers vision of the characters.
Also I back everything up to dropbox so that if my computer dies all my work is saved. Everyone should do that.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When I’m writing a scene I regularly don’t know what’s going to be said next. In that sense I feel like I’m just watching the scene take place, listening to what they are saying, and transcribing it.
What advice would you give other writers?
To write, and tell people that you are a writer. People will want to help you and offer you opportunities to write. By doing this I’ve had the opportunity to turn day jobs into writing jobs. I’ve written for video games, TV, and websites, because I told people I write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to self-publish because I like the entrepreneurial spirit, I like the control, and I like the fast turnaround. It’s exciting and makes me feel like a digital pioneer.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future is now: Individuals getting to reach everyone in the world with digital and print on demand books. I think printed books will stay because people love them so much. I think digital book will get more mainstream if they are all offered for free when you buy the paperback. Some readers will go completely digital like me but others still want the physical version and will use the digital version when they want to be mobile, like catching a sneaky chapter on their phone while in line at the supermarket.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: mystery, comedy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print