An Interview with Author Sean Valiente

Raised in Maine, Sean Valiente grew up loving all things geek. He now spends his days as a financial professional for a tech company, and his nights dreaming up fantasy worlds.

Q: Can you sum up The Lightning Knight in 20 words or less?

A magical adventure with a fun twist on the classic hero’s journey / chosen one. Magic, dragons, adventure and more!

Q: What inspired you to write this book?

 It really came from a culmination of fun scenes and ideas I had in my head, and then the main character just screaming at me to tell his story. I’ve always had the itch to write, and this book is kind of an amalgamation of all my favorite things and tropes. 

Q: This is a first book in a series. Can you give readers any insight into how you envision this series developing?

The main character Oliver Quartermaine is 16/17 years old in this book. Throughout the series we’ll watch him grow from teenager to adult and really watch him mature and change through sort of three different life periods: 16-20; 20-23; 23-26. The series will follow Oliver, but also a whole host of new main characters will pop up, and the story will sprawl over an entire contenent and over many years. It’s pretty epic and exciting. 

Q: Which of the character did you find the most challenging to write?

I find villians the hardest to write simply because it’s hard for me to get into that mindset and really understand their motivation or why they do things. I’m generally a pretty happy go lucky guy and trying to say “this person is doing bad things” and give them the proper support can be tough since I don’t normally think that way nor do I crave the “indside the mind of a killer” and etc kinds of books / shows, so my experience is limited. 

Q: Do you have a favorite character in the book?

Definilty Po, this wide eyed and blissfully earnest character. He’s the kind of kid you coach in sports and you say “dang, he’s special” just because of how he acts and what he believes in. 

Q: What feedback do you get from readers?

Big feedback I got was about pacing, espeically the end. The book ends on a cliff hanger and also just sort of “ends”, in an effort to reflect life a little where there’s not neccissarily a falling action and resolution but rather in life sometimes things just suddently end. 

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Q: What inspires you to write?

I really love writing as a creative outlet to just get lost in a world and be an active participant instead of bystander. 

Q: Is there a message or common theme in the book you want readers to grasp?

 I think that being a teenager is crazy, for both good and bad reasons. It isn’t like the shows or books we read, it’s full of really high ups and really low downs, and often is contridictory. But that’s part of growing up and living life. 

Q: What is on your current reading list?

 I”m currently doing a re-read of Lord of the Rings – the first time in about 10 years!

Q: What is your next writing project?

Book two of my series, currently in development, and hopefully out in late 2021

Q: Where can readers connect with you (website, social media, etc)?


Twitter: @stayathomesean 

Q: Any closing remarks?

If you’re an aspiring writer, write the story you want to read, because you’ll end up reading it a billion times 🙂

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