Sean Michael is best known for his novels Bent and Mannies Incorporated. His novels are emotional and readers eagerly await the next story.
What got you interested in writing m/m fiction?
It’s hot. It’s sexy. And love is love — the men who live in my head deserve to have their stories told, too.
How did you begin your career and how did you grow your fan base to be so humongous?
I guess the very beginning would be that I wrote and I wrote a lot. My first published book was Three Day Passes with Torquere. I’m not sure what I did to get so many fans, but I am extremely grateful to each and every one of them. My readers rock and I mean that sincerely.
You have a long list of novels. Do you have one that holds a special place?
Well, the Jarheads were the first I had published, and Rock, Rig and Dick fill my heart. But so do the Hammer Club men, and the Mannies men and and and — yeah, I could go on. So I guess my answer would be no, there isn’t one that holds a special place, they all do.
Who is the LAST person you’d want to discover you write m/m fiction and how do you think they’d respond?
I’m not sure that I have an answer for this. My friends and family know what I write.
What was it like to write Jim in Bent? What about his relationship with Marcus?
Jim took over my brain. I wrote this short story in the Between Friends universe (which is now available as a free read on my webpage: http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com/books/testingleather.html) wherein Jim and Marcus make a very brief appearance. They’re not even secondary characters — it’s more of a cameo appearance. Well. Before I’d even finished Testing Leather, Jim took over my brain. I wrote and I wrote and I wrote. And I when I hit 100000 words, I forced myself to find a finish (which only came after another 20000 words!) because the book was already twice the size of all my other novels except for the Jarheads. And thus, the entire Hammer Club series was born. I loved writing Jim, he’s so broken at the beginning of his story, and I loved writing Marcus who fell in love and gave Jim exactly what he needed again and again. As an aside, Bent (demo version) by Rob Thomas is totally Jim’s song.
Why do you think so many women love to read m/m?
I don’t really have an answer for this one either. I bet there are a ton of reasons from simple to complex, but really, love is love, and I’m grateful for every one of my readers, no matter their gender.
What was it like to write Daddy, Daddy and Me? Was there an inspiration for it?
I saw the drawing that is the cover for the book and it inspired the characters and their story. This is one of the few stories I’ve written where I had the title first — usually it’s the last thing I do and the thing I agonize over the most.
What are you currently working?
I’ve always got several stories open. Most have deadlines, a couple don’t. I try not to get more than six or so on the go at any one time or what happens is I wind up with a whole bunch of unfinished stories.
Tell me about your writing process from idea to finished draft? Do you rewrite to death? Do you outline?
I don’t outline. The one time I tried that, I wound up not writing the story because my brain decided I’d already told it and I just couldn’t make the story itself work. I find my characters (or more they find me) I write the story and then I put it aside for a week or two before going back and going through the story. If I do it right away, it’s too soon. But if I give it at least a week, I can give it an edit before turning it in.
How long does it typically take you to write a novel?
This will depend on the novel. I have had novels that have taken several months, and I have had novels that have taken weeks, it all depends on how ‘noisy’ the characters are. The shortest time I’ve done a novel in was about three weeks.
What was it like to create the double life of Scott Daley? Was it difficult to create that dynamic?
Not really, because that’s just who Scott was. The characters really do run the show in my brain and I take the notes.
What advice do you have for those thinking about writing gay romance and what advice do you have for those who are trying to build an audience from scratch?
The first piece of advice is twofold — read, read, read and write, write, write. If you want to write — you have to do it every day, or five days a week anyway. That’s the only way to be a writer, just doing it. And if you’re writing? Then you’re a writer.
Next, pick a social media site or two to use for promo, interacting etc. There are about 50 gagillion out there and if you try to use them all and take part in every single promo thing out there, well, you’re not going to have time to write. And you need to write.
There is no magic formula, no set, do this and you’ll have a big audience. Just write the stories you want to write and hopefully there will be people who want to read them.