Born in London, raised in Stevenage, currently living in East Anglia where he works as an editor, writer and project worker. Studied Modern Languages, which, he is sad to confess, he now speaks with the linguistic incompetence so typical of his fellow natives. Co-founder of Imsatso Productions, and occasionally involved with Menagerie Theatre Company. His Kindle collection of flash fiction The On-and-On Tin is available on Amazon.
Sean McSweeney in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1982 England
What do you love about Short Stories?That the best can deliver the same punch as a good novel or film.
Do you write in other forms?Many – too many, in fact.
What distracts you from writing?Anything that messes with your head – incompetent bureaucracies, hopeless transport systems, the need to earn money, mendacious software, cold callers, etc.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Music and sport are big ones.
What is your favourite book?Tristram Shandy (today – could be a different answer tomorrow).
Who are your favourite writers?Alice Munro, Russell Hoban and George Orwell
Where is your dream location?A traditional English mediterranean town in Central Europe.
What one item would you put into Room 101?Buskers using amplification (especially for a backing track). I admire buskers and will often reward them, but they must be acoustic; otherwise it is intrusive.
Do you have any advice for new writers?I wouldn't dare presume… except, perhaps to remind them that rejections are opinions not definitive judgments.
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