Nation Bestselling & Award-Winning Author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Question: What made you want to become a writer?
I have always been a storyteller. Even as a little boy I knew that I’d be a writer. So I would chose to become a writer. I would say that writing chose me and I’m glad that I listened.
What was your first release?
Answer: Oh my. My first traditionally published book is titled, TAKEN FOR GRANTED. I’m actually working on the audiobook version of this title. It should be out in in Fall 2018.
You have written in several genres. Which is your favorite and why?
I can’t say that I prefer one genre over another. They’re all equally challenging and rewarding.
How has the publishing changed since you started in 2003?
I actually started writing professionally in 1992. I used to write for romance magazines. Anyway, the industry has changed a great deal. When I started digital technology wasn’t around. People weren’t able to download books to tablets or smartphones. Social media platforms weren’t as popular as they are today and that has made marketing books and connecting with readers much easier.
What are you views on the lack of diversity in the publishing industry? What can we, authors and readers, do?
Because it’s so easy for writers to self-publish their books these days the diversity issue is going to become a thing of the past. As authors and readers we must support artists who provide stories that reflect the African American experience not only in the United States but globally.
Describe a typical writing day for Earl Sewell.
Before I start writing I meditate and then visualize in my mind how the story I’m writing will unfold. I see and hear the characters. I see the setting and circumstances that I’m going to express. Once this process is over, I start writing. When I have a really great flow going, I write from sunrise to sunset.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I am a triathlete. When I’m not writing I’m training for my next big event and adventure. I’ve completed several Ironman 70.3 triathlons. For those of you who don’t know that is, it’s a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride, and a13.1 mile run. All disciplines must be completed within eight and a half hours.
If you had to choose a book from your back list to introduce readers to your work, which book would it be and why?
I would say my book entitled, HAVE MERCY. The work is features fully developed characters and I love the complexity of the people and situations in the story. Also, I wrote the book in such a way that readers are taken on a journey that keeps their eyes focused on every word.
ABOUT THE BOOKS
Tell us about Lenny Gray? What inspired you to write it?
Perhaps the biggest inspiration for writing LENNY GRAY was the genealogical research I did on my paternal grandparents. I wanted to give some sort of deeper understanding of the circumstances and situations they had to live through. Although LENNY GRAY is presented as a work of historical fiction, it is deeply rooted in research.
What is next for Earl Sewell?
Right now I’m working on a collection of short stories. Once that’s done, I have several books that I will be giving birth to.
ABOUT THE FANS
What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Study the art and craft of writing and be willing to always be a student of the craft.
Thanks, Earl, for taking the time out to share with us.