Recently, I had the pleasure to interview a young author, Sean Fesko, from America who has been into writing for a long time now. It was a fun thing to know someone who loves writing as much as I do. It is interesting to note that this writing-nerd is a NASCAR evangelist and digital media specialist. He is a published novelist who loves bidding his time with fire photography, music, and video editing.
Read to know more about this amazing person where he talks about his work and passion.
QUES: Please tell our readers about yourself.
I’m a twenty-something American author who lives in New England. I’ve been writing since fifth grade and am trying desperately to avoid the trope that Harry Potter is my favorite set of books. (It probably is, though.)
QUES: Tell something in brief about your latest book.
All Things Together is the story of a girl and her estranged father who are forced back together under tragic circumstances. Its primary audience is YA, but there are portions of the story told from the point of view of the father. It’s similar to Nicholas Sparks’ The Last Song in that way, and I believe it gives the book a crossover appeal.
QUES: What inspired you to write a novel?
All Things Together was originally started as a high school project for National Novel Writing Month. The initial draft was 30,000 words and while I was proud of that, I knew the story needed expanding. Rather than working on a brand-new novel, I spent the next few years refining the plot and adding and subtracting as necessary. It’s my biggest literary accomplishment to date.
QUES: How did you get into writing in the first place?
I spent the first four years of my education in a Waldorf school which heavily promoted creativity and the arts. In fifth grade, I transferred to a more academic school and found myself writing short stories as a way to express my creative side. I didn’t really begin to take writing seriously until I began college, however.
QUES: Why do you prefer to write short stories? How do they intrigue you?
I find short stories more manageable. I’m a perfectionist so I’ll easily find reasons to stop writing novels, but a problem in a short story is more easily fixed. I also like that short stories really focus on one or two major events in the protagonist’s life, while novels can span months or even years in telling the story.
QUES: Do you like stories more or poems?
I’m still more a fan of the short story, but that could change in the future. Poetry, for me, is a newer pursuit. While in primary school I hated it. It was all theory and early modern English. But I came across Sarah Kay’s TED Talk on YouTube in late 2017 and found that poetry is actually a lot more exciting and expressive than I thought. I’m happy to be exploring it more—and I actually got to meet Sarah last year!
QUES: When you are not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy exploring new musical artists and creating playlists of the year’s top songs. I also enjoy photography and videography and watch auto racing whenever I can.
QUES: Is writing merely your hobby or a professional pursuit?
I write fiction and poetry as a hobby at the moment. Perhaps one day I will be able to turn that into my fulltime occupation. I do get to write, however, in my day job. I work in marketing for a technical publisher and spend a lot of time writing the email, blogs, social media, etc.
QUES: How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading around the world?
It’s much easier to discover and market books today than it was when I was born. The internet has allowed anyone with a desire to read or write the opportunity to find stories from authors around the world. I think this is amazing for indie authors such as myself, because if one audience doesn’t enjoy a story that doesn’t mean it’s doomed. You could find a loyal pocket of readers halfway across the globe!
QUES: Do you like standalone or book series?
I like series if there’s a reason for it to be written as a series and not just a cash-grab. Fortunately for the publishing industry, this isn’t a huge issue. I find it exciting to revisit characters and locations and adding new history to the universe.
QUES: Best piece of writing advice you would like to give to the budding writers?
I was once told to “kill my darlings” by a fellow author, meaning to cut out especially sentimental parts of the story if they don’t help move it along. This is hard to do when you think you’ve been clever or intriguing. But if beta readers (or your own inner voice) are telling you it doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t make sense. Don’t let ego dictate your writing.
QUES: Do you read books? If yes, which one is most dear to you?
I’m not sure I could pick just one most-dear book. I do read quite a bit, however, and if I find myself particularly drawn to an author, I usually try to incorporate bits of their style into my own. For example, E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars has definitely influenced some of my character’s inner monologue.
QUES: Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project that you are working on?
Yes! I’ll be publishing a new short story, Let’s Be Legends, on February 21, 2019. It’s about a girl on trial for accidentally killing her boyfriend in a car crash, and is told in a series of flashbacks while awaiting sentencing. You can pre-order it here. I’ve also recently finished the first draft of a new novel, and I hope to have that ready for publication within the year. And I do publish new poetry on my website from time to time.
*We wish Sean Fesko all the best for his future.*
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