This week I’d love for you all to welcome Sean C Sousa to the Thursday Throng chair. He is the author The Forever Saga: Flash which was first envisioned as a video game, then a screenplay and finally found it’s voice as a novel. His aim is to change the world, one book at a time, by creating an environment that promotes positive social change.
This book is a mix of Transformers, social prophecy, adventure and fiction – neatly rolled up into a ball of enjoyable reading suitable for any age over YA. I really enjoyed it. Although the story is one of science fiction/fantasy it was so real and believable that it certainly caused my natural ‘conspiracy theorist’ head to pop up with interest. The switch from classic sci-fi intro to the standard 21st Century life of one family was cleverly done and it is this mix that is likely to appeal to a wider range of readers.
The core characters and plot read like something out of a Dr Who episode – normal family man whose life is turned upside down when an ‘alien’ removes him from his normal setting. It cleverly combines family drama into the mix from both ends of the spectrum – within the sci-fi world AND the everyday American.
The only negative I have to say is that the ending is not what I would have wanted, although I’m looking forward to the next book in the series to find out what happens next.
The Sean C Sousa Interview
What is one thing that no one would usually know about you?
I’m actually deaf in one ear. It’s not something you can tell by looking at me, and I don’t mention it often, but it’s fundamentally changed who I am. I tend to take things in and listen first before speaking. I socialize best in small groups instead of crowded rooms. I have to concentrate more when listening, and I value that more than I would have otherwise – many people have 2 working ears but don’t really use them. Hearing loss can be an inconvenience, but I’ve found purpose in it – and it’s helped me immensely as an author.
Are names of characters important to you?
Absolutely; it’s a great way to enrich a character. I love adding meaning to my characters’ names, and at times that meaning helps me define their personalities. In The Forever Saga: Flash, there is rich meaning behind the father-son protagonists, Brian and Jason Renney. And since Flash is the first in a series, the meaning of their names will carry greater weight as The Forever Saga continues.
Seriously, authors: check out www.behindthename.com and add extra depth and dimension to your characters. That intentionality means a ton to readers.
Where do you find your inspiration?
What keeps me pursuing my dream as a published, bestselling author is the belief that God gave me a writing talent, and I can use that talent to entertain and inspire others. As for story ideas, I’m a pop culture sponge. My parents are Baby Boomers, my 2 older brothers are Gen X-ers, and I’m a Millennial – that’s over 65 years of ideas right there. From watching Star Trek: Voyager with my parents to reading my brother’s Batman comics in his room to playing Final Fantasy video games in high school…I’m able to mix and match ideas from all that media and assemble it into a cohesive story that is uniquely my own.
What was the most important thing you learned in school?
To learn and imagine on your own terms. There was a high school assembly one day, and the guest speaker told us not to go to college because it’s expected – go because you know what you want to do and have a passion for mastering it.
That actually rocked some peoples’ worlds that day. Maybe it should’ve rocked mine: I could recite and retain lessons well enough, but it wasn’t until I began researching for The Forever Saga, after college, that passionate learning took place for me – more my fault than my professors’!
There are so many storytellers, with so many great ideas, that end up settling for a menial life – a habit that often forms when we see learning as an obligation rather than an adventure. Find your personal reason to learn, and you’ll find plenty of fuel for your dreams.
Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different genres of books, both in the fiction and non-fiction worlds?
I can really only speak for science fiction here, but in my experience there seems to be two strange dynamics: non-scifi readers tend to think of the genre as too “out-there” or “tech-y” or “weird” – an attitude that could be elitist. On the other hand, there are hard sci-fi fans who demand believable science and probably scoff at anything less.
Then you have The Forever Saga, which has enough robots and tech to put off some casual readers, but also enough human drama that hard sci-fi people might write off as sappy. You obviously can’t please everybody, but I think on the whole readers will be more satisfied with a wider variety of stories if they aren’t hoity-toity.
Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so, what?
A. Some days I wake up thinking I’d want to be a pro ice hockey goalie. Then my knees creak awkwardly. I still love to play hockey, but professionally? I’d need more ice packs than ice skates! Thankfully, I can project my delusions of hockey stardom onto Jason Renney in The Forever Saga.
My knees like that better.
Where can I find out more about Sean and his book?
You can find The Forever Saga: Flash in Kindle, paperback and audio format here:
You can also meet him on
- his website here: http://theforeversaga.com
- on Twitter here: @SeanCSousa
- on Facebook here facebook.com/theforeversaga
- on YouTube here: youtube.com/user/TheForeverSaga06/videos
Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?
These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.
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