Interview with Sean Christopher Adelman
What genre do you write and why?
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My most recent book is a medical thriller with a science fiction component. As a surgeon and a scientist I have a background that makes the research and understanding of this genre much easier. I didn't really want to write non-fiction simply because most of the writing I've done to this point in my life has been technical and research. Writing fiction allows me to escape a little and use my imagination, I love that part of writing. One of the biggest reasons I write is the message. My hope is that the message in my stories will have a greater impact. I want people to put my book down after finishing it, and find themselves thinking about it for the next few days contemplating what I'm telling them.
Tell us about your latest book.
At its heart Trispero is a book about a dad, his daughter, there relationship and what he would do for her. The subtext is a medical thriller with some science fiction dealing with genetics and how understanding ourselves can impact our future. Trispero is a journey of a dad and his daughter through loss, discovery and redemption. We find that a brighter future for us all is hidden as a gift within some of our most disenfranchised. Will our world snuff out this gift before we discover it's possibilities?
What formats is the book available in?
Trispero is available in paperback and kindle
Who are your favourite authors?
It's hard to pick a favorite authors because they mean different things to me at different times in my life. The easiest author that comes to mine is J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter is the book that got my oldest daughter interested in reading when nothing else we did worked. I will always have a fond spot in my heart for J.K. Rowling, I loved them as well. Robert Heinlein and J.J.J R. Tolkien allowed my imagination to run amuck in strange places and different worlds, something that is crucial for a young, developing mind.
What advice do you have for other writers?
The best advice I was ever given was "keep writing". Don't worry about what other people say or think. Every day just write a little, a sentence, a page, whatever, just keep writing. Write for yourself, the more you do it the easier it will come. There were many days when I wouldn't know what to write, but after a sentence of, "the light came in through the trees......." I would find myself pages down the road with new idea for the next chapter
Who is you favorite character in your book and why?
The obvious choice for me would be Jason, the dad in the story. When I wrote Trispero I put much of myself in Jason. The truth is that I truly admire Debbie, she has strength beyond reason and a tenacity that I can't help but admire.
Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?
At the heart of it Trispero is a great story and I think my readers will identify with the characters. I hope my readers will see potential in themselves through some of the characters I have created.
Who designed the cover
The cover is by a young New York based illustrator named Benlin Alexander. I loved some of his work because of the way he was able to capture the emotion of a scene. You can paint a beautiful picture that doesn't necessarily have emotion. Benlin has a gift of being able to truly make his characters emote. I portrayed a scene with descriptions of the characters and he captured it. You can feel the love and determination of Jason as he walks carrying his beautiful girl.
Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
My daughter, Devon. Devon is 18 years old and has Down syndrome, my stories are an homage to her spirit to promote inclusion and understanding for people with different abilities. As a father I wanted a way to share my message of hope after being frustrated by people's inability to see past her diagnosis
Does your family support you in your writing career? How?
My writing career is a family effort. My daughter, as I mentioned, is a big inspiration for the novels, but my entire family plays a role. We actually formed our own company to publish my books and promote advocacy for persons with intellectual disabilities called RaiseExpecations. My wife is basically the CEO of that company and thus helps hire the people who help with the books such as the editors and artists. In addition, RaiseExpecations is our conduit to support our community through various charities as well. My youngest, Ian, helps by reading my books and gives me plot and character ideas. My oldest, Brenna, loves reading and is the inspirations for some of my characters.