Born in 1971, Sean McCartney graduated from Alfred University in upstate New York, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in 1993. In 1996, Mr. McCartney went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Education, before embarking on a career as a teacher. In between earning degrees, Sean McCartney spent two exciting seasons traveling and playing around the world with the Washington Generals, playing against the world famous Harlem Globetrotters.
Mr. McCartney is presently employed at Plain Local Schools in Canton , Ohio and busy promoting his first book titled The Treasure Hunters Club: Secrets of the Magical Medallions, the first book in a new mystery series. The series is considered “a cross between The Hardy Boys and Indiana Jones with a touch of National Treasure“.
Please tell us a bit about your book, The Treasure Hunters Club: Secrets of the Magical Medallions, and what you hope readers take away from reading it.
It is about 13-year-old Tommy Reed, who receives a medallion from his famous treasure hunting uncle, “Diamond” Jack Reed, and must find out the secret behind it before an ancient evil hunts him down.
I want kids to have a lot of fun with this book. It is not very long because I want reluctant readers to be intrigued enough to give the story a shot and strong readers to always be looking for the next book in the series.
Who are your favorite characters in the story?
My favorite character is probably Tommy Reed, the leader of The Treasure Hunters Club. He reminds me of several students I have had who continue to work hard even when life deals them bad cards. I admire that in Tommy.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your book?
When Tommy states, “I have great friends.” I think a major theme of the book is the relationship between these club members and how much they count on one another for support.
If your current release were to be turned into a movie, who would you love to see play what characters and why?
The movie rights are available in case anyone wants to know. I would like to see Moises Aries play Tommy because I like his work. For the adult character of “Diamond” Jack Reed I would like to see George Clooney because he has a sly sense of humor like Jack.
What are your favorite aspects of writing?
The research that goes with every novel is my favorite. I love finding things out and placing them into the context of a story.
Your least favorite aspects of writing?
Editing time is probably my least favorite but I know that it is necessary. It makes the story better, even if you have to cut an entire character out of the book because they just don’t fit.
Who are some of your favorite authors/books?
I like Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson books. I am a big fan of John Grisham and the way he tells stories as well as J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. I have become a huge fan of J.A. Konrath and his Jack Daniels detective series.
What are you reading right now?
I am reading Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol and J.A. Konrath’s The List.
If you could have a dinner party and invite five authors — dead or alive — who would they be and what would you serve them?
I would invite Mark Twain because he is just that funny. I would have J.A. Konrath, John Grisham, Rick Riordan and James Patterson. I cook pretty well so I would make BBQ ribs with fried potatoes and coleslaw.
What is a book that you wish you could say that you had written and why?
The Da Vinci Code. Not just from a sales perspective, which would be great, but to have a fiction novel spark such debate would be really gratifying.
What is the greatest piece of advice (for writing and/or just living) that you have heard?
For writing, it is from Mark Twain who said, “the difference between the right word and the wrong word is like the difference between lightening and a lightening bug.”
For life, a quote from Joe Louis, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”Powered by Sidelines