Frequently Asked Questions & Contact Information
Here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you’ve got a question you’d like answered, send me an email!
Where do you get your ideas?
Years and years and years of dysfunction. I’m really a movie of the week.
How cold is Saskatoon?
Really freaking cold. Skin freezing in less than a minute cold. The kind of cold that makes you seriously appreciate the value of electric blankets and wool socks. So cold that you wish you had a Thermos of chicken noodle soup with you at all times.
Calgary is the setting for most of your books – what up with that?
I love Calgary. It’s a fabulous city. It’s where I grew up and went to high school. It’s where I served when I was in the military. It’s where my awesome son was born. It’s got Peter’s Drive-In. (Seriously, you HAVE to go to Peter’s Drive-In if you ever visit Calgary. Trust me.)
That said, I just completed a project that includes Saskatchewan and IMMORTAL REMAINS takes place in Halifax Nova Scotia.
What are you writing now?
A detective novel – it’s been something I’ve wanted to write for a long time.
Can you get rich from writing books?
I’ll let you know if I start making serious moolah. *Shakes cup of pencils*. Want to know how much authors make? Click this link, cuz, you know, most of us subsist on a diet of Ichiban noodles and Kraft Dinner. So if you’re too cheap to buy my books (or any author’s books) choosing instead to download a pirated copy, you’re probably in habit of mugging homeless people and therefore you suck. Like, a lot. Also, I hope your CPU picks up a virus that melts your hard drive.
Any advice to unpublished authors?
Be mindful of the changing nature of the publishing industry. Find out what works for you – maybe it’s self publishing or maybe it’s going the traditional route. I’ve done both. I’ve had challenges with both. Try not to get disheartened when you face rejection because rejection happens for a whack of reasons and you just have to keep your chin up. Also, you ain’t gonna get rich at this, so keep your day job!
How Can You Tell It’s One Of My Books?
1. It takes place in Canada. I’ve got nothing against the rest of the world but Canada is a cool place and hey, why shouldn’t there be Canadian settings?
2. Really eccentric characters. I’ve written about characters from a little old lady with a penchant for rye who can bench press a battle tank to a zombie with a law degree. I think it makes for a colorful story.
3. Really awkward romance. I suck at writing romance, but it’s sometimes necessary to throw on the oatmeal in a novel. When I do add romance, it’s generally awkward, clunky and often humorous.
4. Humor. I try to create a blend of humor mixed with action in my stories.
Dude! What happened to your POLTERGEEKS series?
Dude! Strange Chemistry Books, an imprint of Angry Robot Books went under on June 20, 2014. You can read about it here. None of the Strange Chemistry authors saw it coming, so we were really blindsided by the decision. The parent company, Osprey Publications was sold to Watkins Media who decided not to revive their Young Adult line and that’s basically it. So, the series remains unfinished until I can find a new home for it.
Dude! Is STUDENT BODIES at Chapters/Indigo Books in Canada?
Dude! Maybe. Possibly. There are still a few copies lingering around as well as the first book, POLTERGEEKS! Click here to see if it’s in store near you!
Is the Poltergeeks series in any other formats?
You betcha. POLTERGEEKS is available as an audio book over at Audible! Katherine Fenton reads it wonderfully! And STUDENT BODIES is also an audio book! How cool is that?
Where did you grow up?
I spent my childhood in the 1970’s growing up in Sudbury Ontario Canada. My family then moved to Calgary Alberta in 1980 and I consider Calgary to be my hometown.
Where did you go to high school?
James Fowler High School in Calgary Alberta, Canada. Go Falcons!!
Do you have any siblings?
Yep. Two sisters, one brother. Two half-brothers and one half-sister.
What have you written lately?
A little project called #GRUDGEGIRL. Go order it, mkay?
What is your writing process like?
That really is a matter of regimen. I get up around 3:00 AM because it’s dead quiet in my house. I focus on my bullet point outline – I’m big on the value of bullet point outlines because you can add or delete as required. (I go to bed around 8:00 PM each night)
Where do you write?
Spare bedroom in my house has been converted to my office. I’d post a picture of it but it’s pretty messy.
How long until the next Tim Reaper novel
Summer 2017. I promise.
What television shows do you watch?
I loathe reality television and view all reality TV as a harbinger of the apocalypse. It represents the decline of Western Civilization and I could go on, but I won’t. With this in mind, I love Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Mr. Robot, The Walking Dead & Game of Thrones. Oh … and THE FLASH baby!!
How can I get a free copy of one of your books?
Assuming you aren’t a thieving no-good book pirate … YARRRR … that depends on whether I’m doing a giveaway. I’d love to give free copies to everyone who asks, but you know … I’ve got bills to pay and, you know, ten bucks for a book is still a sweet deal. *shakes cup for spare change*
How can I contact you?
I’m always happy to get email from readers! Depending on how crazy busy I am will depend on how long it takes me to get back to you. I do try to reply to all emails within a week.
Email me at info AT sean DASH cummings DOT ca
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