About Sean Michael Hayes:
Sean Michael Hayes is a former professional skateboarder and skateboarding coach turned world traveler. He has been featured in Skateboard Canada, as well on VICE.com, MTV’s Life of Ryan, SiriusXM’s The Jason Ellis Show, Witness-this.com, Offtrackplanet.com, and more. He has traveled to countless countries, but considers Colombia, South Africa, and Canada his favorite three. He has written about his journeys for online publications such as SBCskateboard.com, Livingtheindielife.com, and on his popular website canadianhayes.com. Sean can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and all other social media sites with the name @Canadianhayes. Five Weeks in the Amazon is his first book, and the first of three forthcoming books.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write by the people and places I travel. I suffer from depression, and the peaks and valleys of emotions that I go through are what I try to express through my writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
I wake up early and write my best from about 6-9am, if I am lucky I have nothing to catch up on and get to create new stories freehand in my notebook. Then when I have something I want to work on, I will copy it digitally into the program Scrivener. This is what I use to compile and format all my writing. Next come endless hours of editing and re-editing, until its perfect.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes! I become my characters.
What advice would you give other writers?
Practice with intention every day. Don’t listen or care about anyone that doesn’t support you, yet try to take good advice if you can find any.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I sent out query letters and got rejections while at the same time putting my time and effort into self publishing on Amazon.
It has been a great learning experience, and it is rewarding to have so much control over the final outcome.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I am more focused on creating amazing works of literature. My thoughts are that it doesn’t matter what is happening in the publishing world. Good books will always be sought after, and good story telling is a skill deemed valuable since the dawn of man.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: travel, memoir, non-fiction,
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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