Guest Blog & Giveaway: Sean Sweeney

For those of you that saw my list of books I’m looking forward to over on the Rhodes Review, you saw Sean’s name! Sean was another person who stood beside The Top Shelf as we tested out our wings!  We’re not the only ones who have had a great year.  Well.. I’ll let him tell you about it 🙂


Need to blog, need to blog, need to blog.

(Yep, you do. You promised Misty a blog, and so you shall deliver.)

I’ll try, okay? That’s the best I can do. I’m a little wiped out here.

(Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.)

When did you turn into Yoda?

(The day before yesterday. Watch Star Wars on Blu-Ray. Fantastic. Anyway, you’re tired? How tum?)

As if you don’t already know.

(Oh, I do. Of course I do. The rest of the people out there may not know, though.)

True. I am tired, I’ll admit. I’ve written non-stop, practically since the beginning of April, without a large break. Sure, I’ve taken a few days off here and there, but gee whiz –

(You’re sounding like Coach Cosenza now.)

Stop breaking my train of thought, you big, fat jerk!

(Just call me rubber. And you’re glue, so that means…. Do I really have to say it?)



So where was I? Oh yeah. I’ve barely had any time for myself. I’ve jumped from one project to another. I even made sure that I had Double Agent ready for publishing before I started writing Eminent Souls during this year’s edition of NaNoWriMo.

(Tell us about Eminent Souls, hmmm?)

Well… I don’t know. It’s not ready for publication yet. I don’t want anyone to steal my idea and crank out a novel using my ideas.

(Trust me, stupid. There is no one on the planet, with the exception of David Kruh, who could write about Boston’s defunct Scollay Square as well as you can, with that particular story. Tell the people. It may get them excited.)

Okay, fine. I kind of went Titanic-y for this story, which is about a poor West End boy who meets a rich Boston Brahmin girl –

(Yep, that’s Titanic, alright. Paging Mr. Cameron’s attorneys…)

– in the waning years of Scollay Square. Scollay Square is like home to me. I instantly connected with it as I looked at photos on David’s website, as well as independent research. Besides, dad had told me about Scollay Square when I was a teenager, so I fell in love with the mystique of something that it used to be long ago. What happened to that area is just sickening, and I reference it in Ch. 4 of Model Agent when Jaclyn looks at Government Center for the first time: “They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot.”

(So you’re saying that if people read Model Agent and they were confused by that line, they should read Eminent Souls in order to get the gist of what that line means, right?)


(Good. Glad we cleared that up.)

But still. Eminent was the second book that I wrote this year. I also wrote a few stories – including C is for Coulrophobia, part of Dark Continents Publishing’s PHOBOPHOBIA anthology, Red Christmas (set in my hometown of Fitchburg, Massachusetts) for Bucks County Publishing, and a small short for my buddy Christopher Nadeau’s – that pronounced Nay-do, not Nay-doe, for those of you with pronunciation fetishes – charity anthology. Other than that, I released –

(Wait for it, folks.)

– six novels in 2011. Six. Count ‘em. SIX.

(We hear you, we hear you! Sheesh. It’s like no one has ever published six novels in one year.)

I don’t know. Has anyone ever done that?


Model Agent and the subsequent novels in Rogue Agent and the newly-released Double Agent. The first Obloeron prequel novel, The Rise of the Dark Falcon (the sequel is coming early next year). Royal Switch: A Major League Thriller, for the baseball fans – one Amazon reviewer said it’s not just for baseball fans, which I hope will be the case when Eminent Souls is ready, since it’s a historical romance, something I don’t usually write. And Zombie Showdown, too. Six books, one author.

Can I rest now?

(Yeah, I think you can. You can catch up on your reading, like Misty is doing.)

I think Misty will be catching up on her reading for another twenty years.

(True. So what are you reading right now?)

It may be better if I tell you what I’ve read so far first: The Star of Christmas by Bruce A. Sarte (a very quick read), Steven Savile’s Traitor’s Heir, Imogen Rose’s Initiation, D.G. Gass’s Ghosts of Arlington, and now I’m about to start reading Terry Simpson’s Etchings of Power. After that, I’m thinking Daniel Arenson’s Song of Dragons series – he hasn’t released book three yet, but I can get a jump-start on the first two – and then David Dalglish’s Shadowdance series. I still have to read Robert DuPerre’s Silas and David McAfee’s The Dead Woman. I’ve got so many talented friends. What else…

(Don’t look at me, dude, I’m not your keeper.)

Books by J.M. Pierce, Alan Baxter, David Wood, J. Kent Holloway, K.C. Neal, Robert S. Wilson, Claude Bouchard, Jason Letts, Richard Jackson, Cheryl Cory, Debra Martin, Jon Merz, Allan Leverone, Allen Schatz, Paul Levine’s new one… I really could go on. And my goal: I want to have them all read by New Year’s Eve so I can start 2012 with a fresh slate with my reading. Which I doubt will happen, but it’s something to strive for.

(What are you still writing this blog for, if you have so much reading on your plate? Thank Misty, thank the readers, wish them a Merry Christmas, and move on. Gee whiz…)

Now who’s sounding like Coach?

(Shut up.)

Thanks Misty for having me. Thanks to the readers who’ve made 2011 so incredibly fantastic for me. And a Merry Christmas to you.


Born in the city of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, in 1977, Sean Sweeney’s love of fantasy began 11 years later when he was handed J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Hobbit. His passion for writing began in 1993, as a sophomore in high school, when he began to write sports for his local newspaper, the Sentinel & Enterprise. Since then, he has written for several Massachusetts newspapers, including the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester and the Southbridge Evening News in Southbridge. He has since returned to where it all started, as he came back to the Sentinel in April 2008. He also strings for the Springfield Republican and Turley Publications.
Among his literary influences include the king of fantasy, Tolkien, as well as R.A. Salvatore. In addition, Sean enjoys Steven Savile, Vince Flynn, J.K. Rowling, Jim C. Hines, David Forbes, John Grisham, and Brad Meltzer novels, as well as classic storytellers C.S. Lewis, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William Shakespeare. Star Wars novels fill an entire bookcase in his office.

It was Salvatore, the acclaimed fantasy author, who convinced Sean to pen the manuscript that became Obloeron: The Quest For The Chalice in December 2001. He began writing Quest over a year later, in January 2003, finishing the first draft in February 2005.

Sean’s former pseudonym, John Fitch V, was chosen in honor of the late Robert Cormier, a native son of Leominster, Massachusetts. Cormier, when writing for the Sentinel & Enterprise of Fitchburg, wrote under the pseudonym of John Fitch IV.

When he is not writing, Sean enjoys playing golf, reading, watching movies, the Boston Red Sox, the New England Revolution, the Arsenal F.C., and playing with his kitten, Caramel the Wonder Cat.



Sean is giving away five e-book copies of Double Agent! All you have to do to enter is comment.  You have until 8pm eastern on Sunday.  Winners will be chosen by!  Good luck!

Synopsis: With an attack against the Las Vegas Monorail, CIA Director Alexandra Dupuis calls in the agent she counts on in dangerous situations – even though that agent feels betrayed by the very government she serves, the very country she protects – in order to protect American interests. In Jaclyn Johnson’s latest adventure, Dupuis sends her into the path of a radical Christian terrorist.

Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

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Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

10 thoughts on “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Sean Sweeney

  • December 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I guess even though he is an Arsenal fan, I can accept that cause every good author has to have one item of bad taste right?

  • December 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm


    Now get back to work you slacker!

    ((Feels bad for yelling, walks across room & hugs Fitchy))

  • December 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Six novels in one year is pretty impressive… I’ll be happy to get one in done in my lifetime…

  • December 3, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Fitchy, is there any truth to the rumor that your Eminent Souls is going to be published under the pen name Sean Swooney?

    I wondered what the line in Model Agent was about, but I did recognize it as a Joni Mitchell lyric. Fun (and funny) post. Thanks,

  • December 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I have Model Agent coming up on Kindle queue to read! Sean is a hilariously fabtastic guy (or at least he shows it from his Facebook page…..) and I can’t wait to read his works! Would love to win a copy of this to add to the Sweeney collection!

  • December 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Shhhh don’t tell him but I love Sean er his stories that is! Well um him too! Actually I think I love Jacylyn…no not like that! For herself! This would be a nice way to add to my other two I bought about her!!!! Seaaaaaaaaaaaan oh Seaaaaaaaaaaaan?

  • December 4, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Oh, I need this for my collection. PLEASE! Please! Please!!!!

  • December 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Congrats to Riz, aobibliophile, Big Al, Doug Dutcher and Linda! You’ve won!

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