As you may know, I follow Leonard Tillerman’s website as he reviews a lot of books. He reviewed my book as well, and after some nail-biting days, I was very happy he gave Living Like A Vampire five stars! You can read his review of it here. He doesn’t always give five stars, so you know when he does, the books are good 🙂 . So, one of the books that received five stars from Leonard was A Flicker of Shadows, by Neil Seeley. I contacted Neil and here’s the interview.
M. N. Seeley
Do you outline or just write?
What gives you inspiration for your book? How did you come up with the idea for A Flicker Of Shadows? Tell us about your writing process and the way you brainstorm story ideas
A Flicker of Shadows began life as a series of children’s illustrations. However, since illustrating is a painful and labourious process for me, I found it more fun to write the accompanying story paragraphs for the paintings. That’s when I decided to forget the illustrations entirely and just focus on the writing. But, I had no interest in writing a children’s novel, or even one for young adults. The concept of transitioning into adulthood was a massive inspiration. It occurred to me that I could tell a different story based on the illustrations; a story that has one foot in the children’s world and one foot in the adult’s world. Where these two worlds rub together is where my novel lives. At least to me, I thought I had a hold of something unique.
What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer?
I was surprised by how exhausting, hive-inducing and ulcer-burning self-promotion is. I’d rather perform drug-free DIY dental work on a gorilla.
Give us an interesting fun fact about your book
Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
What is your favorite part of the book?
Do you want each book to stand on its own or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
What writing/publishing wisdom would you bestow upon new writers?
What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?
Neil Seeley’s book is available in eBook and paperback form on Amazon. You can follow him on the following social media: