Today we are interviewing Sean Michael author of Three to Get Ready, a Mannies Incorporated novel!
Hi Sean, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hi and Thank you for having me! I love talking about my books.
1) Tell us something no one else knows about your characters.
In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B019D7KH4E/mmromance-20/" target="_blank">Three to Get Ready</a>, Jack used to be brash and rash, forging in, the story was all. Then he got hurt when someone killed a source he was meeting with, and tried to kill him as well to kill the story and that changed him a lot. I’m not sure he would have become the man he is today – a very willing father of three – were it not for that incident. Dan knew from an early age he wanted kids in his life. And when he couldn’t have them with Jack, he turned to looking after other people’s kids. He counts himself very lucky to have all these children in his life, even if he’s not their father. Because he is doing what he knows he was meant to do, what he loves doing, he’s very calm and very Zen about things. This actually does him well when it comes to looking after children – it takes a lot to rattle him.
2) Have you ever written something that made you cry?
Oh goodness, yes. I hate it when bad things happen to my characters. They are very real to me, given that it feels like they live in my head, so it’s hard when they are not happy or going through a hard time. That’s usually when I write the fastest, because I’m eager to get past it. The first characters that made me cry were the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B004IPQ8KY/mmromance-20/" target="_blank">Jarheads</a>, when Rig is attacked. Hell, as I was writing it, there was a little bit where I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to fix them. Thank goodness, it all worked out for them. These days, I trust the characters will eventually get to a point where they are ‘fixed’ but that doesn’t make it any easier to write the hurting/hard time/whathaveyou while they’re going through it.
3) What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
Probably the editing – both the self-editing to get a story ready for submission and the going through edits from the publisher. At that point I have written the story and I’m eager to get on to the next one. Plus, I’m lousy with comma placement ;)
4) What’s the biggest difference between self-publishing and going through a publisher?
When I’m self-publishing, I have to deal with getting a cover made, hiring an editor, someone to format the files and getting the books uploaded to the distributors on my own. It’s a lot of work that I am more used to leaving in the hands of the publisher. At the same time, there is a feeling of accomplishment with a self-published work – a feeling of look what I did all by myself (even though I still have a cover artist, editor and formatter so it’s honestly not on my own)
5) Name your four most important food groups.
<strong>In order of importance:</strong> Crunchy Meaty Deep Fried Sweet
Thanks again for having me! And happy holidays to all 🙂
Smut fixes everything
Author Name: Sean Michael
Book Name: Three To Get Ready
Series: Mannies Incorporated
This book can be read as a standalone
Release Date: December 18, 2015
Pages or Words: 64,000 words/190 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Publisher: Sean Michael
Cover Artist: Kris Norris
Single father Jack Jones is in dire need of a new nanny. His five year old son Nathan is legally blind, he has twin baby girls arriving in less than two months and the girl currently working for him is leaving at Thanksgiving to go home and continue her higher education. If Mannies Incorporated doesn’t come up with a viable candidate soon, he’s not sure what he’s going to do.
Dan Miller is on the hunt for a new job. He’s had some great placements with Mannies Incorporated, many as Manny to multiple birth families to get them over the hump. He even has experience with special needs children, so the job he’s interviewing for looks like it’s right up his alley.
When Dan arrives at Jack’s house, he discovers that this Jack Jones is his Jack Jones, the man he was in love with during college, and who broke up with Dan because Dan wanted children. Will Dan and Jack be able to put the past behind them and work together, or will their past keep them from having a future together?
Dan Miller followed the instructions on his GPS to one Jack Jones’ house for his interview. He was trying to decide if it was a good or bad omen that he’d dated a Jack Jones. It had ended, so maybe bad. On the other hand, they’d ended because Jack didn’t want kids and he did, which was better to learn early on, before they’d invested a lot of time in each other, right? So good sign.
Chuckling at himself, he went over what Drake at Mannies Inc had told him about the family.
Single gay dad, one special needs son – the boy was nearly six and clinically blind. Apparently he could see general shapes if they were high contrast and he could see lights and light contrast. There were twin girls on their way. In a couple of weeks in a few weeks in fact.
Newborns were Dan’s favorite. He loved that new baby smell. He loved their chubby little cheeks and limbs, their fat bellies and how quickly they changed.
After reading the file, he’d had to agree with Drake that he seemed like a really good fit for the family.
The position was live-in, so he paid close attention as the condo came into view. Not far from the beach, it was a decent size, not too big, but not tiny. The front was neat and he could see the backyard was fenced in.
Pulling into the drive, he turned off the engine and took a deep breath. Okay. Interview time. He climbed out of the car, with his best ‘I’m the perfect man to look after your kids’ face on.
He knocked on the front door.
“Daddy! Maddie, someone is here!”
“I’ll get it, man. Hopefully this one will work for your daddy, Mr. Picky. I have to leave the week of Thanksgiving. I have to.”
The door opened and a lovely dark-skinned young woman stood there with a skinny little boy in thick glasses. “Hey there. Can I help you?”
“Hi, Dan Miller. I’m here to see Mr. Jones?”
“Sure. Come on in. I’m Maddie, Nathan’s personal assistant.” She winked at him.
“Very nice to meet you.” He shook her hand.
Then he turned his attention to the little boy. “Hey there, You must be Nathan.”
“Uh-huh. Nathan James Jones.” One hand was held out. “Pleased meeting you.”
Dan took Nathan’s hand and shook it solemnly. “Pleased to meet you, too.”
“Hey there. Sorry, man. I was paying some bills. Crazy life.”
Dan looked up at the familiar voice and blinked. Strong jaw, blond curls, and the bluest eyes in the history of the earth — that was Jack. His Jack.
Dan felt like he’d been poleaxed.
His Jack who didn’t want kids, no way no how was he fucking crazy for even suggesting it.
“Jack?” Oh, smooth, Dan. Clearly it was Jack. Hell, even if he couldn’t believe his eyes, the folder he’d gotten from Drake had said the guy’s name was Jack.
“Dan? Danny? Oh, my God!” Jack’s eyes went wide. “Look at you. You look amazing.”
He kind of hated the way Jack’s words made him stand a little taller, a little straighter. “So do you. The years have been good to you.” Twelve years. Shit, things had changed in that time, that much was obvious, but not how just a glance from those devastating eyes could make his cock perk up. That hadn’t changed a damn bit.
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Meet the author
Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago.”
A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.
Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.
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