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Novelist JD Seamus has lived and worked among some of the most amazing characters ever to have walked the Earth. After decades of working in the world of retail finance, e-commerce, and venture capital, Seamus began writing a series of novels based in Manhattan, among them his latest, Last Call.
We interviewed JD to find out more about his recent book and his life as a published author.
Thank you for this interview, JD. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I live in Central Florida with my wife and two absolutely spoiled dogs and am fortunate enough to look out on the ocean while writing. I started writing off and on as a hobby about 15 years ago.
Do you write full-time?
I retired early in 1999 and bummed around for a couple of years. I started writing full-time late in 2001.
At what point in your life did you make up your mind you were going to become a published author?
I think friends were more responsible for me becoming published. I have the cadre of friends who can’t possibly mind their own business and take great delight in offering unsolicited advice. At their insistence, I started looking for an agent in 2006. An honest agent is as rare as an honest politician, so it’s a long process.
Was there anyone in your life that you can give credit to helping pave the way?
There are a ton of people. Most are the ‘busy body’ friends I referred to above. Certainly my wife, brother and sister-in-law, who do those edits before it goes to the editor. Worst job in the world!
What was your favorite book to read as a child?
Around The World in 80 Days. It really jumpstarted my imagination.
What is your favorite book at the present?
Anything by John Sandford. I’ve read some of his Davenport series books multiple times.
If you could trade places with one author who you have admired over the years, who would it be and why?
Again, Sandford. His characters and dialogue are great. Mine are better, I think, because of reading his stuff and perhaps using him as a role model. Our styles are similar, although I use more comedy.
Can you tell us a little about your latest book, Last Call?
Short description and I forget the reviewer who used it originally, but Last Call is best described as Cheers meets the Sopranos. My book is about a diverse group of people coming together to help a mutual friend. Sounds boring, but it’s funny as hell because these are regular people doing things they’ve never done before. The book starts as a dark comedy but loses all areas of darkness quickly. It’s typical of everything I write. I try to be serious but for some reason I can’t. Guess I’m just too damned happy.
What kind of research did you have to conduct to write your book?
I spent possibly three years drinking at a bar in midtown Manhattan watching my fellow patrons. Should’ve saved those receipts for the IRS.
What message are you trying to convey with this book?
Loyalty. I’ve always valued loyalty. Maybe to extremes. I spent three years doing a sabbatical in a federal prison because I’m a very loyal person.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
Freedom. I can do anything or say anything in fiction.
Where do you get ideas to write your books?
How do you deal with rejection?
I’m a life-long weight lifter so I generally just beat the hell out of the other person. I’m joking. I actually see this whole business as an IQ test. If a publisher doesn’t like my work, then they’ve failed the IQ test and are too dumb to do business with.
Do you write mainly by day or by night?
Do you blog? If so, what can you tell my readers about the advantages of blogging as a useful tool in book promotion?
I do but really need to do more. Blogging actually gives you the opportunity to find out what about your material is working. It’s a million times better than book signings because the audience is so much larger, the wine is chilled and in a real glass and the cheese isn’t runny. People, and writing, are the fun part of this business.
Do you have a website? Do you manage it yourself or do you have someone run it for you?
I manage the site myself.
Thank you for this interview, JD. Do you have any final words you’d like to share with my readers?
Thanks to all who’ve bought my book. If I am ever in a store near you, come see me. Chances are you’ll end up in one of my books.