Really, you don't want to miss this opportunity of getting an amazing thriller. And when I say it is amazing, trust me that it is really amazing. These awesome brothers and writing duo wrote, edited, promoted, and published their novel in just 90 days. Yes, you are reading right. Only 90 days and their novel was out! They are really talented, and proof enough of that is that they are getting rave reviews, they wrote another book to help Indie authors in the process of writing, publishing and marketing their books, and Dan even got an article about him in the local newspaper, praising him for his novel and his good marks in the GCSEs. Ah, yes, I forgot! Dan is only 16. So young and so talented (but don't tell him or he will believe it).
Knowing them, I knew the interview was going to be funny (well, at least cheeky Dan's answers). So get to know them and enjoy the interview.
1. Describe yourself.
Sean: I'm a big scary looking bloke coming in at 6ft3, and I'm broad with it. Children run and hide when they see me, especially if I've let my beard grow for a few days. I'm usually clean shaven for work, but I have an aversion to the itchy feeling you get after a shave. It probably doesn't help that my chosen vocation in life is the law. I trained to become a Barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law and now divide my time between (admittedly dry) legal market consultation work and writing fiction.
Dan: Ovary explodingly handsome.
2. What is your favourite fruit flavour?
Sean: That depends. If it's artificial I love strawberry (milkshake) and cherry (cola) but for just plain old fruit it's got to be either melon or apple.
3. What is your favourite day of the week?
Sean: I'm going to be boring and say Saturday. Friday is nice as it's the anticipation of the weekend but after commuting the weekend might well start at 9pm which doesn't leave much to enjoy, and Sunday usually means shops are closed.
Dan: Monday. Someone has to show Monday some love.
4. Which is your favourite time of the day?
Sean: About 5 am. I love the quiet when no-one else is up.
5. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Sean: A bit of both. During the week I'm definitely a morning person but by the weekend I'm happy to sleep in 'til midday and enjoy a night out.
Dan: I'm pretty much nocturnal.
6. What is your favourite breakfast meal?
Sean: Pancakes and maple syrup. Not something I get to indulge in often (I'm a lousy cook, and pre-made just isn't the same).
Dan: I don't like breakfast. I sleep through breakfast.
7. What is your favourite colour and why?
Sean: Grey. Nothing is ever truly black or white. I think my work (both kinds) reflects that.
Dan: Blue. That's not me being hyper masculine either, I just find it soothing.
8. Which is your most favourite book ever?
Sean: 1984 was pretty mind blowing. I read it when I was 12 and the idea of thought crime is something that I still find scary. It's not all that unrealistic either. In London you're on CCTV almost constantly (which admittedly makes fiction difficult!) and we do still find it repugnant when certain beliefs are held.
Dan: The Bible.
9. What kind of music do you like?
Sean: I'm an easy listening kind of guy. Anything with a decent vocal track to it. Right now I think there are several great vocalists languishing in the same obscurity indie authors suffer. The best example of that is the awesome Drew Worthley who you can check out for free on youtube.
Dan: Loud. with a bangin' donk on it.
10. Which is your favourite genre of films?
Sean: Comedy. We're nothing without laughter. After the hustle and bustle of the working day it's great to just sit down, chill out and enjoy laughing.
Dan: Horror. Or Romance. Horror romance? They're both comedies to me.
11. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
Sean: Mellieha Bay in Malta. Gorgeous clean ocean, endless sands and an amazing atmosphere.
Dan: In the earth? The mantle? (Cinta's note: cheeky Dan is the second one to find out I wrote IN instead of ON in this question).
12. Which animal would you want to be and why?
Sean: The Giant Turtle has something about it in the way of dignity, and a lifespan of 200 years is pretty attractive too.
Dan: Golden Eagle. I want to spread democracy across the land with access to two whole political parties.
13. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
Sean: I'd choose Margaret Thatcher, Emperor Augustus and Henry Helmes. Thatcher was brilliant and determined (even if the privatisation of key industries was a mistake). She was also a tax lawyer in a previous life and tax lawyers are generally a lot more fun than you'd expect!
Augustus is a bug bear of mine. Because of him we have the month known as August, and it only has 31 days to make sure he is equal to Julius (July having 31 days). It used to be that February would have 29 days and the rest of the year alternated 30/31 consistently. That sounds much easier to me!
Henry Helmes is an unusual fellow, a lawyer many moons ago. As a student he was elected the Prince of Purpoole at Gray's Inn which was a Prince of Mischief tradition. He ruled the Inn for a day and even admitted new members during his brief tenure (which soon put a stop to that tradition!).
Dan: Einstein, Stalin and Bush. Imagine the arguments!
14. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
Sean: I'm tempted to say 'immortality'. Imagine the power of compound interest over the centuries! A few centuries and you could play monopoly with a whole country. It's probably not a great wish to make though, everything has to come to an end and dying is only scary in the sense that no-one really knows what comes next. I'd like to think we all get exactly what we believe in.
So my three wishes would be health, happiness and love. A little trite, but solid choices.
Dan: World peace. Happiness. To cure world hunger. Do I win the Miss America pageant now?
15. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
Sean: Can I take a plane, some jet fuel and a pilot? Plus a Fortnum and Mason hamper to keep me full on the journey and I'll take a bundle of cash for when I get back too.
Dan: Other people. Civilisation. Money. Women. A big ole yacht.
16. If you could be anyone, who would you be?
Sean: Me. Sounds arrogant, but Chesney Hawks got this one right.
17. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
Sean: I'd probably lose weight. I have no willpower around food.
Dan: Nothing. I'm fabulous.
18. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
Sean: Surprise myself. I'm a very methodical person, and not as spontaneous as I could be. If I could do something that really surprised me, that would be unusual.
Dan: Rule the world.
19. What would you do if you won the lottery?
Sean: I'd buy property, save some and enjoy some. Nothing too lavish, but a few nights out and maybe a holiday or two.
Dan: Be given lots of money.
20. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
Sean: With family. As long as you have people who love you, and you love back, there's no better way to spend a day.
Dan: Dying? Is leaving Earth an option?
21. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
Sean: Everyone thought I was nice, but I was a stroppy git when I wanted to be. I played a few pranks but generally got away with it.
Dan: I'm nice.
22. What was the happiest moment in your life?
Sean: I couldn't pick one. Graduating from law school or being Called to the Bar. Both were the significant defining moments of my adult life so far.
Dan: Being interviewed on this blog. Thanks, Cinta :)
23. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Sean: Writing full time. I've got so many stories in my head, and they're dying to be told.
Dan: I think I'd be a bit older. About half a decade older.
24. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
Sean: I'd better not say. This is a nice family friendly blog, and I've had more than a few wild adventures.
Dan: I once put nesquik on my weetabix. How wild is that?
25. What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
Sean: Alcohol + good friends + decent food = Good times.
Dan: hard to believe, the end of the week, especially the period from Friday night until the end of Sunday.
26. Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
Sean: I love Florida. America is a truly amazing country. I've been to a few states but Florida is one of my favourite (closely followed by New Hampshire then New York. I stayed at this really homely place in NH where the proprietor baked gigantic plate sized cookies for the guests).
Dan: I got to go to Swindon once. It was epic.
27. Have you got a phobia you want to share?
Sean: Can't stand heights, and I don't like boats. A bit silly given I'm absurdly tall and come from a Naval city. I suppose it's more a fear of falling/ drowning which could be distilled to a fear of death... sounds a little less like a phobia and more like a rational fear when you put it that way!
Dan: No, thanks.
28. What makes you angry?
Sean: Rich people not doing their bit. We know from the Veil of Ignorance studies most people envision a fair society when asked to imagine a society in which they could be put in at any place. Yet we have billionaires hoarding money from natural resources that should belong to the people. I think the idea that distribution in a fair manner is fair distribution has been stretched to breaking point. The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.
Dan: People asking me why I'm angry. RAH!
29. What do you do when you feel sad?
Sean: I listen to music. Usually total cheese.
Dan: I do what Captain Jack does.
30. Who or what inspires you?
Sean: I find everyday people that work without expecting awards or thanks amazing. Teachers, nurses, road sweepers; anyone who works an honest day's labour for an honest day's pay. Real jobs are those that add something to the process, people or community around them and those are only jobs truly worth doing.
31. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
Sean: Well, if anyone is still reading I'm currently writing the sequel to Dead on Demand with my brother Dan. This time we're going for a moral quandary rather than a forensic/ investigative one. Of course our trademark London descriptions, a bit of forensics, a bit of law and a bit of police procedure will creep in. There are a couple of other fiction projects in the offing, but it's all early stages.
We're also doing a free run for Dead on Demand from September 4th to September 8th. You can download a copy for nothing on Amazon.
Dan: I'm currently inventing a time machine.
"What do we want?"
"A time machine!"
"When do we want it?"