Thursday, 10 August 2017

Author Interview: Sean Fay Wolfe | The Elementia Chronicles

Today folks, I am super excited to welcome the author of 'The Elementia Chronicles' (an unofficial Minecraft Fan adventure, here to answer a few questions. Sean Fay Wolfe is the author and he is one of the main inspirations for me writing my own Minecraft series. You can find book one here on Amazon US & Amazon UK.

But enough about that, let's get on with the interview, I have been excited about this one for a while so I hope you enjoy it.

Hi Sean, thank you so much for agreeing to an interview. I am super excited to have you here and pick your brains. I understand you’ve been very busy right now, what have you been up to?

I'm doing well, thanks for asking. I'm in a bit of a transitional period now that the Elementia Chronicles trilogy has concluded. Many fans have asked me for more Elementia books, and so I've started a new series that takes place in Elementia... sort of an Elementia Chronicles sequel series. I also have several other non-Elementia related writing projects that I'm working on, one of which my agent is currently pitching to publishers. Beyond writing, I'm entering my third year of college, and I'll be changing majors to focus on film. 

So I would love to hear about your journey to publication, how did you go about getting traditionally published with Harper Collins?

My journey through publication was unorthodox. I didn't write Quest for Justice with the intent of publishing it; I only self-published it after my younger brother reacted very positively to it. I had no idea what I was doing at first, and my family and I sort of figured it out as we went along. We mainly focused on social media promotion at first, and then after receiving a letter from a local student I started giving presentations about the writing process to schools, which further broadened my reach. On top of this, I joined the Association of Rhode Island Authors, and through connections made in that group I landed an interview with Publisher's Weekly. This article was what changed everything; I was approached by several agents and publishers immediately after my story was published. My series had several qualities which were very attractive to publishers... it was a series by a young author, about a popular video game, and already had a following with a sequel about to be published. I signed a contract with HarperCollins in March of 2015. Quest for Justice was published in July of 2015, The New Order in October of 2015 followed by Herobrine's Message in January 2016. I was self-published for a little over a year before  being picked up by HarperCollins, and in less than a year after that, all three books were published... that's an insanely fast turnaround in the publishing world.

So how long did it take you to write each book? They’re quite big books as well, was it easy to do or did you struggle every now and then?

It took me about two years to write Book 1, one year to write Book 2, and eight months to write Book 3. Although it did get easier as I got more experienced, I did experience frequent stretches of writer’s block, which still happens to me today. I'm the type of author who writes in explosive bursts, where sometimes I'll be blocked for weeks and other times I'll write a hundred pages in 24 hours. So all in all, I'd say that while there was some frustration with the writer’s block, it was mostly enjoyable.

What can you tell me about your writing process? Are you a planner and plotter or do you just sit down at your computer and go for it?

I'm definitely a planner when it comes to writing. I had all 91 chapters of the Elementia Chronicles series planned out before I finished writing Book 1. I like to know where the story is going so that I can add in points of continuity for observant readers to pick up on. That being said, I don't treat the plans like the word of God or anything... if I feel like something needs to change mid-story, I'll adapt the story around the changes.

Obviously, your books are inspired by Minecraft and the gaming world, where id the actual idea for the ‘Elementia Chronicles’ come from?

The idea for the Elementia Chronicles came from my own experiences playing Minecraft online. I would often see new players being picked on by the older players, and I thought that the story of a war between the old and new players would be an interesting concept for a story.

The final book in the ‘Elementia Chronicles’ came out January of 2016. Do you have any more plans to write and release more books? If so can you tell us what you are working on right now?

I already mentioned some of the new projects that I've been working on, but I'd like to reiterate how thrilled I am to be working on new projects. I loved writing the Elementia Chronicles, but I'm ready to bring some new stories to life in the world of Elementia, and I'm particularly excited to be working on my new series.

I would love to hear more about your gaming company, how did that come about and what are your plans for the future?

I originally created Diamond Axe Studios as a platform to host some online games I made. However, now I am using it as a production house for all of my future endeavors. While I haven't done a ton with the company yet, I have some big plans, including a YouTube network and several other ideas.

Thank you so much, Sean, for taking the time to answer my questions. It has been wonderful having you on my website.

Thanks for choosing to interview me. If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask.

For more information about Sean and his book check out the links below:

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Amazon US
Amazon UK