30 Questions Tag

30 Questions Tag

February 16, 2018


I don’t often participate in these tag games … sort of in the same way I barely participated in after school sports (being picked last was always a kick in the gut). I’m pleased to have been tagged by @AuthorAlisonH. So, here goes.

  1. What do you hope to communicate to your audience with your WIP?
    That work (or life) is hard enough on it’s own without everyone being a dick and adding to the struggle.
  2. What do you find the hardest to write? (Ex: emotion, humor, seduction, etc…)
    What in the hell do I know about being seductive? Nothing is the answer to that.
  3. How bad do you feel your first draft was/is?
    I haven’t completed the first draft of this WIP, but my first novel’s maiden draft was weak. That was okay with me. I expected it to be so.
  4. What is your favorite genre to read? Write?
    Honestly, I mostly ready non-fiction. But for fiction, I’d say something that is Stephen King-ish, but not necessarily his work.
  5. Who have you based your style of writing off of?
    I don’t think I have. If so, it was accidental osmosis!
  6. What made you want to publish your work?
    I think a written story needs to be shared. Sharing seems to be part of storytelling’s DNA. Otherwise, why bother writing it out?
  7. What have you had to research the most for your WIP?
    Tie: Wilderness survival techniques and helicopter/Police lingo.
  8. What character do you like (that you’ve written) the least?
    I sort of like them all. I like the bastards as much as the rest.
  9. Are you basing any of your WIP off your life and what would it be ( if not to spoiler – ex: people, places, situations)?
    Earning a living off being creative is brutally hard at times. My WIP is based on my dark fantasies of revenge and bitterness as my creative work is ripped apart by … bah … frustration! Anger. It’s really upbeat!
  10. Who would you dedicate your book to?
    Myself, if that was socially acceptable. I don’t write for other people.
  11. If you could steal one idea from a famous author, what would it be?
    I steal all of the time! Movies, books, songs … people watching …
  12. What’s been the hardest to write in your WIP so far? (Ex: beginnings, middles, ends, etc.)
    The build up to the ending. Brutal. And, this is only in the outlining stage!
  13. Which characters in your WIP get along the worst? The best?
    Stovall and Addicot. Though, I suppose those names mean nothing here. You’ll have to wait for the book. They greatly dislike one another. Stovall and Reigert get along well, but only because they don’t care about each other in a personal sense.
  14. Tea, coffee, water, or nothing when working?
    Coffee. Beer.
  15. Is your desk organized or messy?
    Can squalor be an option?
  16. Can you summarize your favorite piece of writing (that you’ve created)?
    I’ve always been pleased with the last paragraph of my first book. It’s foreboding without being in your face about it. I’m excited about my WIP, though. I’m looking forward to swearing a lot in it.
  17. How long have you been working on your current WIP?
    6-7 months. But, I recently halted all writing and took things back to the outlining stage. I needed to trim away all of my personal indulgences. So, I’m back at the beginning. Pages and pages of writing were scrapped.
  18. Sum up your main characters in three words. (Sorry, not a question)
    Uncertain. Uncompromising. Brutal.
  19. What time of day are you most productive?
    Morning or late evenings.
  20. What’s your favorite fictional place?
    Do you mean my Happy Place? I really can’t divulge that.
  21. What book inspired you to write the most?
    Nothing in particular.
  22. Do you write by hand, type, or some combination of the two?
    Type. My handwriting is shit.
  23. A book you would recommend to anyone?
    Carl Sagan’s The Demon Haunted World.
  24. What is the one thing you NEED while writing, that isn’t necessarily a writing tool?
  25. How much time do you spend writing?
    Lately, not enough. My first novel: all of my free time. All of it.
  26. How much time do you wish you spent writing?
    4-5 hours a day.
  27. Do you set writing goals? If so, what is your writing goal for this year?
    No writing goals. I know … I know …
  28. What’s your favorite POV to write in?
  29. How many WIPs do you currently have?
    Just one. Christ, that’s plenty.
  30. What is your  favorite thing about writing?
    Telling a story. Simple.


Interview with Morton Plaghengaard

Okay. Full disclosure: I’ve never participated in a tagging game/thingy on twitter before. This one sounded like fun … so here goes. Thanks to Alison Haines for getting me involved.

Here is “An interview with Morton”. He is one of three main character in my novel A Flicker of Shadows.


1. Introduce yourself.

Greetings. I am Mr. Plaghengaard. However, for the purposes of this interview, you are permitted to call me Morton.

2.What do you do for a living?

Your question is vulgar. I will not answer it. Next question, please.

3. What drives you to get out of bed every morning?

The pursuit of success, of course.

4. What are your work clothes? and if you don’t work, what’s your style?

Work clothes? I have not any. As for my styling, only the best will do. If only you could appreciate the aroma of my posy corsage. Pity, that.

5. It’s Friday, how do you party?

Party? Indeed. Next question.

6. Can you cook?

Yes, of course. Excellently, in fact. Les araignée avec de l’ail are something of a specialty of mine.

7. What would you say is your biggest accomplishment?

That is, unfortunately, yet to be. Soon, though.

8. What was your childhood like?

Why do you ask such things? Mind your business.

9. What season do you prefer most?

Spring. There is something poetic about the spring, would you not say so?

10. How do you pass the time when you’re bored?

People of refinement do not get bored. Tell me, do you get bored often?

11. What hobbies do you enjoy?

My interests are many. I am quite skilled with sewing.

12. What traits do you admire in others?

The father of all qualities is strength.

13. Do you have any bad habits?

The cheek! Next question.

14. Who is the love of your life?

My Mother.

15. If you fell into a lot of money, what would you do with it?

I would buy a gilded door lock. With it, I would shut out the world and those with prying questions. THAT is what I would do. I am done. Have a pleasant day.


There you have it. I hope you enjoyed reading Morton’s interview. Sadly, I’m new to Twitter so I really can’t tag anyone else to keep this going. Anyway, I hope you found it interesting.

Take care,

MN. Seeley

New book in progress

My new novel is underway. I’ve tentatively titled it, Cur Dogs…but that may not last as things develop. I’ll keep making updates about my progress. Perhaps I’ll even throw in some teasers from time to time. As usual, I’ll be flying by the seat of my pants.

– M.N. Seeley

Launch date


I’ve set a launch date of January 1st, 2018 for my debut novel, A Flicker Of Shadows. More details will come.

– M.N. Seeley