He attended school at Emerson College for writing and has had pieces published both in print (Mean Magazine, Sanitarium Magazine) and online (CHUD.com and Encounters Magazine). He has written several screenplays in the fantasy/horror genre, one of which, The Black Cradle, is in development as an independent feature.
The Patchwork Girl was his first foray into the world of prose fiction. His second novel, The Stronghold, is nearing completion and will be out to publishers in 2015. I’m happy to have a quick interview with Sebastian to satiate your curiosities.
Sebastian, how did you come up with the concept of your story?
I wanted to write a “monkey’s paw” type story, and hit on the idea of using action figures as the predictive element because I collect action figures. The rest just sort of fell into place.
How did you come up with the title?
It seemed the most logical. Plus I liked the pun-potential of “Die-o-rama”.
Can you give us a secret insight about your story?
Years before I came up with the idea, I used to give my friends “readings” using my action figures as a sort of Tarot. It was eerily effective.
Very spooky. What was the most surprising part of writing this book?
How easily my story came to me and how quickly I had a first draft.
What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?
Learning to really dig in and cut out everything that was non-essential, and, thanks to the editing staff, getting a handle on my over-usage of passive verbs.