About Sean Slater
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Massage therapist. Cop.
Q. Favorite job
A. Being a writer. There is nothing better.
Q. High school and/or college
A. School of Hard Knocks
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. W. Axl Rose.
Q. Favorite movie
A. The Lord of the Rings/The Departed
Q. Favorite television show
A. The Sopranos/Mad Men/Modern Family
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Fortunate. Hard work and perseverance is paying off!
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Do what you love, and never give up.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Having the time I need--time for my family; time for my friends; time for my writing career; time to just sit back and read a good book and not be so rushed all the time. Oh yeah, and there's a little something called the NYTimes Bestseller list. That wouldn't hurt, either.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. I refuse to live in fear. Fear leads to worrying, and worrying is negative and habit-forming. Screw fear.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. On Oprah with my book. Next to that, I'd be up in a cabin on Whistler mountain, or in a cottage in Maui with my family, my laptop, and a good book to read.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Anyone who stands up for a cause while putting themselves in true jeopardy. Not so much in a country like Canada, where anyone can call themselves an "anarchist" and face no greater repercussion than a loitering ticket. But for someone like the unknown "Tank Man" in Beijing. That man confronted death. People like that are impressive.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. "Like" and "totally" and "I've fallen and I can't get up." Ugh.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I have no regrets. People make mistakes. It's all part of learning. As long as you learn from them, even a "bad" experience can be valuable. Hell, sometimes even more.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. A photographic memory
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Being a good father to my kids. After that, getting published.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I'm an all-or-nothing guy. It's how I get so much done in such short amounts of time. Sometimes, I'm a step away from obsessive.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Ironically, the same as above.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. Probably my dark sense of humour.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Homicide Detective Jacob Striker
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Red Mask
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Probably either Jesus Christ or Mohammad or Buddha. Though I am not an overly religious person, I would love to talk to all of them. Who wouldn't?My question would be the same universal question almost every other person would ask: "Why?"
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Genocide, and people who drive too slow in the fast lane.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Policing. It's always interesting.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. A professional hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Loyalty. Integrity. Compassion. (A sense of humour always helps too)
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Estranged (GnR). Jesus of Suburbia (Greenday). Miss you (Blink 182). Patience (GnR). Hey Soul Sister (Train)
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Lee Child James Patterson Michael Connelly John Connolly. George R.R. Martin Dean Koontz. Nelson Demille. John Grisham Daniel Silva
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Mystic River, by Dennis Lehane Odd Thomas, by Dean Koontz The Firm, by John Grisham A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien My 5 favorite series are: The Jack Reacher series, by Lee Child The Alex Cross series, by James Patterson The Harry Bosch series, by Michael Connelly. The Charlie Parker series, by John Connolly A Song of Ice and Fire series, by George R.R. Martin
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. No, there are too many amazing books still unread.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Work hard, expect rejection, never give up, succeed.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. When is the next one going to be finished?