Wednesday, December 14, 2011

MEN in YA: Interview + Giveaway with Sean Hayden, author of The Magnificent Steam Carnival of Professor Pelusian Minus (STEAMPUNK)

I'm super excited to be joined today by the fabulous Sean Hayden, the author of The Magnificent Steam Carnival of Professor Pelusian Minus, a brilliant short story collection that  totally rocked my world. Have you read my review yet? You should! If you're a fan of steampunk and all things clockwork, Sean Hayden and his co-writer, Connor Hayden, are the guys for you! Enjoy the interview with Sean guys and don't forget to enter for a chance to win a Prize Pack consisting of first three best steampunk stories ever

Guys, please give a warm welcome to our extremely talented YA Galaxy Defender, Sean Hayden!

E: Evie
SH: Sean Hayden
E: Welcome to Bookish Sean! I’m delighted to have you here with us today! Could you tell us who or what inspired you to start writing?
SH: If I had to pick an author who inspired me it would definitely be the late Anne McCaffrey. Most people start out reading Tolkien or CS Lewis. For me it was the Dragonriders of Pern. Wow. I still get chills when I even think about the books she wrote. I was not only instantly hooked, but knew that one day I wanted to be a writer.
E: How long did it take for you to write The Magnificent Steam Carnival of Professor Pelusian Minus Stories?
SH: I usually write pretty fast. My full length novels I usually get done in around three months. The Pelusian Minus stories are a little different. I have a Coauthor, my 11 year old son, Connor. Finding time for the both of us to write together can be difficult! Between his schoolwork, my work, my other books, my editing, and all the other day to day life adventures they have been slow in getting done. We just finished the fourth one in the series and are working on the fifth. We hope to have that one done by the New Year!
E: Are any of your characters based on people in your own life? Which of your characters do you feel is the most like you?
SH: Dade and Paige are a little bit of my son and a little bit of my daughter! Professor Pelusian Minus is totally me, or would be if I were a kidnapping, evil, heinous carnival owner in the 1900's bent on world domination and greed. Abe, unfortunately is a LOTTA bit my brother. I have four, so to keep myself out of trouble, I won't mention any names ;)
E: How would you describe your book in 5 words?
SH: Young Adult Steampunk Thrill Ride.
E: How do you approach writing a new novel? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
SH: I get asked this question a LOT. Let me start out by saying I don't even make lists to go grocery shopping. When I sit down, I write until I'm tired. When I pick up the next day, I reread what I wrote the previous day just to keep it fresh in my mind and go from there. This series was a little different because I had a coauthor. We sat down for two hours the first night and laughed as we came up with names and a very basic plot. Then we went from there.
E: Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
SH: I like to call it Irritable Vowel Syndrome. That sounds much cooler! But no. I've never suffered from it. I have a HYPERACTIVE imagination. I can't look at anything without coming up with a story.
E: Where’s your favorite place for writing? Do you have any writing rituals?
SHI write when I can, where I can, for as long as I can. Which NEVER seems to be enough. As for a favorite place, It's sitting in my green recliner with my laptop and the only ritual I have when writing is LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS of COFFEE! And sometimes chocolate.
E: Who or what are your literary inspirations? Can you name 3 all-time favorite reads?
Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern. ALL TIME FAVORITE.

R.A. Salvatore's Dark elf and Icewind Dale series of books. I grew up on D&D so… Last but not least is Mercedes Lackey. She first introduced me to Urban Fantasy and made not only a convert, but also an addict.
E: What’s next in line for you? Are you working on a new book now?
SH: I just finished a new YA book that is going to be a series. It's about a boy who trades his soul for his fondest wish. Realizing that the Soul Seekers are real and would actually take his soul, he panics and does what he can to save it by wishing to become a Soul Seeker himself. He didn't plan on becoming a monster, nor did he plan on falling in love… Next on my plate is the third of the Demonkin Series. I'm ten thousand words in and still going!
E: What are your biggest bookish pet-peeves?
SH: Hmmmmmmmm. That is probably the toughest question I've EVER been asked in an interview. I really truly honestly don't have any. I'm not a peevish sort of person? If I HAD to pick something, I would say it's people who are afraid to try reading eBooks. Or people who say I only read REAL books. That kind of ticks me off. I'm not a tree hugger by any sense of the imagination, but darn it, things like that make me want to beat people with a shrubbery.

Sean, thank you so much for joining us today!  
I had a such a WONDERFUL time reading your steampunk story collection! Can't wait to read your next books!

I hope you guys enjoyed the interview, for more information about Sean Hayden and his books, please visit his website: Sean Hayden or/and read my review of The Magnificent Steam Carnival of Professor Pelusian Minus.

Huge thanks to Sean and Connor Hayden for the exclusive MEN in YA photo! <3

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Thanks to the fabulous:
Sean Hayden

I have a prize pack consisting of the first three stories: First Flight, Second Chance and Third Time up for grabs!
To be eligible to win all you need to do is be a follower of my blog and enter through Rafflecopter below.

Ends: December 30th

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About the Author
Evie is the Blogger behind Bookish. She enjoys reading many different genres, especially YA, Paranormal, Contemporary Fiction and Fantasy.
She loves talking to authors and is always happy to welcome them for interviews, and guest posts. She also likes spreading the love for awesome books and  chatting with fellow book-worms.
You can find Evie here: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Shelfari | The Library Thing


roro said...

lovly interview

mimz said...

Great interview! Sean seems like such a fun guy. I really need to get my hands on those books! (Fingers crossed I win!)

Thanks for the giveaway!

P.S. there was no space in the form for GFC and NB follower name. Could be a glitch.

Shelagh said...

Hi Evie. :) Great interview. I love the fact that Seah Hayden's son co-authors with him! And steampunk in a carnival - sign me up!

There's no place to fill in a GFC username on the Rafflecopter form. Possible glitch.

The Word Fiend

Yto said...

i loved the last question ^^ i don't know why people won't read ebooks - they are just as great as paperbacks.
thanks for the giveaway ^^

miki said...

Great interview, thanks you for thise great opportunity ( international ^^)

Personaly i don't like ebook because they hurt my eyes so in the end i have to print them to read properly...and a good book is more precious to me than a stack of papers^^;;( but i understand that perhaps it's very different with an ereader- but on my computer...forget it)

gfc ( no place in the form so here ) isabelle frisch ( or perhaps miki)
+1 as isabelle frisch

Anonymous said...

Irritable Vowel Syndrom...very funnny. :)

There was no place for GFC name so it's Mai in Wonderland.

I'm logged in to rafflecopter under Michael Byers which is also my Network Blog name.

Google Plus: Mai Speak

Ricki said...

I love Icewind Dale, too! My college roommate got me hooked.

RhiannonPaille said...

Aw, he seems like an awesome guy. Writes with his son? Even better. Thanks for posting this Evie, I'm having a lot of fun with it!

Lieder Madchen said...

Great interview! Anne McCaffrey was a brilliant author. :)

CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

Great interview! And love that picture.:)

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) said...

GREAT interview!!

"Young Adult Steampunk Thrill Ride." --> LOVE it, seriously.

i don't even make a grocery list either, so i can totally understand you on this point, dude!

i just LOVE the co-authoring with your son. i can imagine it would be hard at times, but mostly so much fun and such a great thing to be able to look back on one of these days. so incredibly awesome! i can't wait to read your books. i'm so so so glad i was introduced to them through this Men in YA event.

also, dude, the covers are AWESOME.

thanks for the interview!!!

Barbara E. said...

I love steampunk and I'm always happy to learn about new stories, and these stories sounds fantastic. I love that they're a collaboration between father and son, I think that's awesome.

Christie Cote said...

that was a really fun interview to read! I don't have a book yet but I have the same writing technique as the author. No planning I just write! I'll have to check those books out!

Fara said...

That was a really fun interview. This was on my wishlist for so long. I hope this time would be my luck.:D

Adriana C said...

Hi, I like the interview. I haven´t heard of the books before.

Storycollector said...

I see steampunk becoming more and more popular. Great really. Even if I don't win these books it still nice to know that this subgenre is growing.

marybelle said...

Loved the interview thank you & the books look amazing.


Mandroid said...

Anything described as "Young Adult Steampunk Thrill Ride" immediately goes on my TBR list. These sounds very intriguing, so thanks for offering a copy as a giveaway!


Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

haha I am forever going to think of writers block as irritable vowel syndrome. that's great. I love this men in ya series.

VanillaOrchids said...

What a fun interview. I'm rather curious as to what got your son interested in writing a book with you? Was it his idea or yours? Was it that you wanted a younger perspective when writing the stories? I think it's great though. Congratulations to you both!

Also, thank you for the opportunity to win the first three books in the series.


Holly said...

Great interview! Just added this series to my TBR list :) His new book sounds fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win!

GFC- Holly

Rebecca said...

Great interview! I have to agree about those saying they only read real books. It makes no sense, since e-books are real book, just in a more convenient format! If they have issues with them for other reasons, then fine, but real books is no reason! ;)

Anonymous said...

Interesting interview! I'm looking forward to the book, I enjoy the recent increase in steampunk books. Her new book sounds great and very unique.

BooksforCompany said...

I always like it when I read that authors read as they go along. It's like they are having a journey with the characters and anything can happen!

Suz said...

Thanks for this amazing giveaway! These books sound great and I would love to win them! Loved this interview and thought it was interesting to read that Sean was inspired by 2 authors that I really like - R.A. Salvatore and Mercedes Lackey. Can't wait to read these books!

susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

Nina @ Death Books and Tea said...

Awesome interview. I can't believe I've not heard of this series before-it looks great. And three months for the whole thing? Wow. Steampunk thrill ride- I'm up for it.

Ciocârlica. said...

Yours giveaways are amazing ! I just found your blog and now I make sure I read all your posts. Um, the GFC thing has a glitch I think, it doesn't work so I'm gonna put it here: beatle_dark.

Proserpine said...

Oh my I decided to leave you a comment on this post for another giveaway on your blog.... Hope That will be goog for both giveaways because after reading your Interview, I thought Yeah I think I would like that kind of book! LOL :) Anyway Thanks a lot for hosting all theses guys! and Thanks for all the giveaway!


Molly Gibson-Mee said...

Great interview! You really asked some great questions are he gave brilliant answers! I think it's especially interesting that he writes with his son!

Reading is my cup of tea

JessS said...

Great interview! This series sounds good, so I'll definitely look out for it. And lol, Irritable Vowel Syndrome.

Megan said...

Sounds like a cool series! I would love to read some Steampunk!

Amanda Nicole said...

I really enjoyed this interview. He sounds like such an awesome, fun guy and I think it's so cool that he's writing this series with his 11 year old son! :)

Gwen Ee said...

Nice interview ! I am interested with his next book which is going to be a series ! By the way ,the author seems to be a big fan of Anne McCaffrey ! I like her very much too and I was really sad when I knew that she passed away :(

Krysykat said...

When I was old enough to start reading Fantasy/Scifi I asked my mom what to start out with and she gave me her abused copy of Dinosaur Planet :) Anne McCaffrey was an amazing writer :)

entering under on form under Krysta B.
GFC- Krysta Banco
Networked blogs- Krysta Banco
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Anonymous said...

How lucky! I wish I didn't get writer's block! It's such a pain in the behind!

GFC - Jessica
Google + - Jessica Niver
Networked Blogs - Jessica Niver/My Jessilicious Life

picyadri said...

Wow! Amazing books! Thanks for the giveaway!
GFC - Adrienn

Hoot said...

What a generous giveaway. Thank you.

Szappanbubi said...

He's a HYPERACTIVE imagination in real...I don't question that after hectoliters of coffee and always-so-inspirational chocolate dumps:P
as they say 'more power to your elbow!' :)

GFC follower (as raff. doesnt work): Szappanbubi
porcukorborso at gmail dot com

elenaromanin said...

good interview :D

Lulu (The Bookworm is Here!) said...

This was an awesome interview!! You can never go wrong with too much coffee and chocolate :) And can I just say it is SO COOL that he co-authored with is son!? Great interview and fun answers :)

Julie W said...

After reading your awesome review of this series, I had to check out the interview! I love it! Dragonriders of Pern was one of the first sci-fi series I ever read and it actually got me started on my love of all things sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, steampunk, etc. I love that this was the author's inspiration! Awesome interview, guys :)

Anonymous said...

awesome interview!

KindleObsessed said...

Great Interview. I loved his answer about his pet peeve. I agree with his sentiment :)

Jamie said...

Great interview! He seems like a really funny guy. I think it's awesome that his son is a co- author with him. What an amazing thing to pass down to your kids! I will definitely be checking this book out! :)

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