Sean Patrick Traver is a new writer and friend I recently had the privilege of talking to, and getting to know better. He is very smart and has a great sense of humor. We talked about the fact that he works in a bookstore, and how that wouldn’t be a good place for me to ever try to get a job at. He loves books almost as much as I do. I am currently reading his first novel, GRAVES’ END, and let me tell you, you’ll want to read this book! He also has a story in the forthcoming anthology from Scarlet Galleon Publication, DARK HALLOWS II: Tales from the Witching hour. I am told his story “Sugar Skulls” is very good. If you haven’t met Sean yet, make sure to take the time to say hello, and then head over to Amazon to pick up his book. You won’t be sorry! Please help me welcome Sean Patrick Traver to Roadie Notes…..
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
3rd or 4th grade, so nine or ten years old. A story about a magic cat. Some things never change.
2. How many books have you written?
One that I’ve published (Graves’ End, featuring a new magic cat); one that’s soon to be published (Red Witch); and about two-thirds of another one after that. All set in the same world, featuring characters on intersecting paths. I wrote large portions of three other novels before that—one of which may yet be resurrected, and two that were valuable learning experiences, but must never be unearthed. I’ve also written a couple of novellas and a few short stories.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
No, not if a character or a plotline naturally and logically leads me to it.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), kids, do you have another job etc…
Est. 1973, no kids (I hear they require attention, so that could be an issue). I also work at the Iliad Bookshop in North Hollywood, a genuine classic used bookstore with cats and the whole deal. It’s like working in a time warp.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Graves’ End will always be special to me, because it was the first time I felt like I was really able to achieve the effects I wanted. Plus it has a talking skeleton.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
Stephen King, Elmore Leonard, Tom Robbins and Anne Rice are a few of the influences I’m most aware of. Neil Gaiman deserves a mention, as do other graphic novel writers like Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore and Garth Ennis, and filmmakers including Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata of Studio Ghibli, the Cohen brothers, Joss Whedon, Spielberg, Scorsese, and Guillermo del Toro.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Get drunk and shoot rats down at the dump is not usually the answer people are looking for… so I’ll go with smoke hash and throw old tires off of overpasses.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Nothing special, I just sacrifice a chicken over my laptop and give thanks to Thoth, the Egyptian god of writing.
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
At home. Can’t write at Starbucks, because people look at you funny when you pace around or do the dialog out loud. I listen to movie scores a lot. They’re made to accompany narrative and they don’t distract me with lyrics. John Williams has always been a favorite, but Murray Gold’s Doctor Who scores have been my go-to for a long while now. Sometimes bits of music will correspond so strongly with scenes I have in mind that I can pretty much watch them in my head while I listen. I rewind and play them back until I’ve transcribed all the details, and I tend to build the rest of a story around those clear moments.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I don’t think so. If there was, I’d try to change it.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Famous writer wouldn’t hurt. Good writer is what I try for. Mostly I want more brainspace for my characters to live in (by which I mean some of your brainspace, dear reader-type person). That, immortality, unlimited wealth, and another season of Firefly. Maybe a secret lair inside a dormant volcano. Nothing ostentatious.
12. Where do you live?
I divide my time between North Hollywood, north of Los Angeles, the same area where most of my stories are set, and the inside of my own head.
A cat, go figure.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Gettin’ paid. No. Honestly it’s when the characters reach a point where they make their own choices and surprise me, or deliver their lines into my head without my really having to make them up. That’s also the worst part, because I miss them so much once the writing is done.
15. What is coming next for you?
My second novel Red Witch will be available soon, but before that I have a short story called Sugar Skulls being published this fall in Dark Hallows II from Scarlet Galleon Publications (available Oct. 25th!). Sugar Skulls is about a doomed affair between a necromancer and an anthropologist in early LA, with ancient gods, local legends, and strange magic in the mix. It connects up with my novels too, filling in a lost chapter of the overall mythology. I’m delighted that it’ll be out there for people to read!
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Sean-Patrick-Traver/e/B00474LD9W/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Dark Hallows II: https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Hallows-II-Tales-Witching-ebook/dp/B01LJX78H4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474926593&sr=8-1&keywords=Dark+Hallows+II