July 15th, 2021 will be a date that I will never forget. Although, I was used to getting frequent emails from my publishing team at Friesen Press, the email I received on this day was special. A simple email with a few powerful words - Congratulations, you have just published The Secret of the Sword. I took a few minutes to really understand what I had accomplished. Hours upon hours of dedication had led to this moment. They say life is about moments and I couldn't agree more. I worked hard for this moment and now it was here. In the final weeks and days leading up to this defining moment in my life, I wasn't sure how to feel. The worldwide Covid pandemic has changed life as we know it. Everyday routines have been up-ended, changed for the safety of the greater good. For me, this has caused a great deal of reflection on how fortunate and lucky I am to be surrounded by such supportive family members and friends. Family defines the very nature in how we live our lives and Covid has exposed the raw humans emotions of what it is to be human. Having the opportunity to introduce the world to my Grandfather Chronicles universe is something I do not take for granted. I recognize how fortunate I was to be given this chance, a chance to share a part of me and who I am through my debut novel, The Secret of the Sword. In a world that will need to recover together from such a life altering experience, my hope and personal goal is to remind people, there is always hope, we just need to embrace it together.
As the launch continues for book #1 - The Secret of the Sword, I will be releasing with each blog post, a question and answer relating to the creation of this story. I enjoy sharing my backstory and experiences and I hope you enjoy learning a little more about me and where my ideas stem from.
Q: How did this project Start Sean?
I was blessed and very fortunate to have such a special relationship with my Grandfather on my Mom’s side of the family. He was my hero. My Mom always said to me impressions made upon you when you are young can help shape who you become and I have always kept this quote in my head. The special memories I shared with my grandfather provided the inspiration for this story I wanted to tell. I always believe write what you know so you can achieve that personal touch. So, it was through these special memories of my Grandfather, that this story started to take shape. I love Fantasy and Science Fiction stories, movies and television. The idea of taking my family and the memories I hold close and combining that with a story I created from my imagination and love of Fantasy gave way to the creation of the Grandfather Chroniclers.
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