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Interview with Sean Dow, author of ‘A Leafy Green World’ & ‘Al-thar’




Sean DowSean Dow is a pulmonary and critical care physician in Great Falls, Montana. He started writing thriller novels in 2011, and has three titles, one of which, Debridement, is in its second printing and is being made into a feature film.

Sean was born in Iowa City, but was raised on a small farm in Kansas before leaving for medical school, and the adventures beyond. His career was largely in Klamath Falls, Oregon, a town that still feels like home. He did a brief stent in Las Vegas before moving to the paradise of Montana. When not working or writing, Sean can be found in the kitchen perfecting his New York cheesecake, or on the mountain streams with Bailey, his beloved (and perfectly behaved) Mastiff and his favorite 2 weight fly rod-a parting gift from a dear friend and patient.

His latest books are A Leafy Green World and Al-thar.

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Title: A Leafy Green World
Author: Sean Dow
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Pages: 449
Genre: Thriller

A Leafy Green World is a fast paced, action packed thriller set in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Brent Holcomb has moved to Portland in hopes of resurrecting his life and his career. There, he meets Robyn-the girl from his dreams. All is going smoothly until he realizes Robyn and her friends are not what they seem. Now, wrapped up in the murder of an innocent man, and with nowhere to turn, Brent forms a bold plan-a plan that will put him on a dangerous course, aligning himself with domestic terrorists and ultimately, a deeply hidden cell of Islamic terrorists.

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Al-TharTitle: Al-thar
Author: Sean Dow
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Pages: 466
Genre: Thriller

In Al-thar, (Arabic:revenge) Brent is living a tranquil life on the peaceful Philippine island of Masbate. But the FBI’s witness protection plan is not enough when you have destroyed the plans of the world’s most feared terrorist group-an assassin is on the way, and his plans are far worse than a simple bullet in the head.

With the violent destruction of his new island home, Dr. Holcomb is once again thrust into danger, this time on an international level. There are only two outcomes in this new high-stakes match, Brent’s painful and public death and the destruction of America’s, or the death of Saadullah Abul Ka-beir, and his council.

Brent brings together his cast of memorable friends from A Leafy Green World as he devises the greatest deception ever imagined. The action goes at a break-neck pace from the Philippines to Washington, D.C., and from a remote valley in Pakistan to the jungles of Sierra Leone in this novel that has been described as almost too real, and too timely.

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  • Al-thar is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Sean.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

Multi-published. A Leafy Green World is my second novel, and Al-thar, the third.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I self-published. Having read horror stories of the lengths other authors had gone through trying to find a traditional publisher, I decided to go with the self-publishing route, at least until I had a chance to see if I could establish myself with a few stories.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

It seemed like two lifetimes from the time I submitted my first manuscript until I had a chance to hold it in my hands, but it was probably about 6 months.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

It was a terrific feeling-jubilation, accomplishment, and relief that it was finally done. Not very exciting, but I celebrated by starting another story.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I made a lot of marketing mistakes. My first was to engage an expensive company to promote my story. Big cash outlay, with little result-lesson learned.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

I have gone back to my first books and tried to put myself in the shoes of the reader. This has been most beneficial in learning how to fine tune my style.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

Tough question. I would have to say the biggest thing is the number of people and companies making outrageous promises on their ability to market independent authors. There are good ones out there, but the old adage, Let the buyer beware could be no more true than it is in the book marketing world.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

The joy of hearing back from happy readers, there is nothing else like it!

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Start writing! As a side note, I find that when I am actively writing a story, my mind responds just like my body does when I occasionally relent and take it to the gym-everything becomes sharper, and I take in so much more of the world around me. Maybe it’s time I start that next one?



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