I’ve got a real treat for all my readers today.
This week I interviewed The Daddy of Demonology himself. Sean Hayden! Author of the critically acclaimed Origins; part of the Demonkin Series!
Here we go!
What made you choose horror as your primary genre?
Believe it or not, I didn’t. With Origins I was shooting for Urban Fantasy. Things got out of control, there were blood and guts everywhere, and the next thing you know, the main character is lying on a morgue table with nothing but a rib spreader to show for it.
What made you decide you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always loved reading. Even more so than watching television. The last time I went to a bookstore, I bought a whole series of books at once that caught my eye. I cracked open the first one and read about fifty pages into it. I’d like to say I did something noble like donate them. I didn’t. It irked the hell out of me. I threw all of them in the trash and said, “I can do better than that crap.” So I gave it a shot!
You’re a published author now; how hard was it to get to where you are?
I wasted six months of my life trying to find an agent. I spent another two months trying to get a big publisher to even look at it. That was a waste. I found a website called duotrope.com that lists small publishers. I sent it to the first one that sounded familiar to me and they accepted it. Hearing some of the other horror stories out there, I assume I came out relatively unscathed!
‘Origins’ is the first book in the Demonkin series. Can you give us more details as to what it’s about?
In the world I created, everyone knows vampires, werewolves, mages, and elves exist. They work, play, and die beside them every day. What no one knows is that every breed of vampire and magical creature out there is the offspring of either a demon and a human, or an angel and a human. I used this to explain why there are so many different kinds of vampires. The main character, Ashlyn is the newest breed. Her father is a major demon lord. Humans had lost the ability to summon demons, but Ashlyn’s mother found a way to do it. Let’s just say she didn’t enjoy the experience. Nine months later Ashlyn came about. She’s a vampire, but different. She can only survive off the blood of other magical creatures. It gets her into a heap of trouble with the head vampire of Chicago. Right when he’s got her, she’s saved and recruited by the FBI. They want her to work for them to take care of the vampires who get a little frisky. Her first assignment after Quantico? Yup. Head back to Chicago and take care of their crazed, prohibition era, gangster master vampire.
What about the next books in the Demonkin series? What direction will they be going in?
The sequel, Deceptions, is written and under contract. It should be out in October. Ashlyn’s back and The Great State of California have elected themselves an undead governor. Needless to say, neither the vampires or most of the human population are too happy about this. Somebody tries to make him totally dead. Ashlyn needs to keep him alive and find out who’s behind the attempts before it’s too late.
It’s clear that you’re influenced by demonology, what do you find compelling about demons?
I like things with pointy nails and wings that drool. Okay, just kidding. I do like the Idea that demons are fallen angels. They chose to be what they are. It’s the ultimate fight against good and evil. The demons in my story aren’t charming, debonair, suit wearing demons. They’re slash your face off and dance in your entrails demons. Way more fun to write. Believe it or not, in the story I chose Asmodeus to be Ashlyn’s father. What’s creepy is I made his main rival the Angel Rafael. What’s REALLY creepy is if you do a little research, you’ll find that Asmodeus and Rafael have been going at it since the dawn of time. Totally unresearched and unintentional. I didn’t know till i was watching a special on Angels on the Discovery Channel after my book was out.
Do you have any plans to write a completely different novel from scratch?
I have already! LOL. I’ve moved on to steampunk and YA. I just finished my very first full length YA novel. It’s the first of a series too. My Soul to Keep is the first of the Soul Survivor series and is about a teenage kid who inadvertently writes a binding contract to sell his soul for his fondest wish. When the demons show up to make it happen, he panics. When asked for his greatest wish, he asks to be a demon himself. As it is a binding contract, the demons have to honor it. Things go downhill from there, but he saves not only his soul, but falls in love along the way.
When you’re not writing or working, what are you generally doing?
Editing, blogging, networking, marketing, promoting, and a WHOLE bunch of other things that end in ING.
Angels or Demons. Which is better?
Know that thing we all have as humans? Free will? How much free will do you think an angel has? Do this, do that, smite him, collect that. Doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun. Now imagine how much free will a demon has? He’s pretty much turned his back on everything and everyone. As characters they’re just chock full of limitless potential. Plus it would be cool to have big leathery, bat like wings. Just saying.
If you were to set a goal for your future what would it be?
I want to be as big as an author as anyone. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have a conceited bone in my body. I don’t think I’m the greatest author that’s ever lived. I’m just saying that having the name recognition of some of the greats would be absolutely friggin awesome.
And finally who is your favourite horror icon?
Clive Barker, baby. If you ask him what the greatest influence on his work is, he’ll say, “The Bible.”
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Sean Hayden works in South Florida as a Fiber-optic Engineer for a cable communications company.
Born in the Suburbs of Chicago he relocated to Florida as a child, where he grew up and attended school at a small Catholic elementary and high school. It was there, in literature class, he fell in love with books. Vampires especially fascinated him as well as the realm of possibilities of the urban fantasy genre. This fascination gave birth to his first novel, Origins.
He lives at home with his wife, children, and a plethora of pets.
Visit Sean at http://www.seanhayden.org/
or follow him on Twitter @shaydenFL