Sean Michael on Wild Scenes, Gary Stues, and his new release ‘Educating the Professor’

Educating the Professor by Sean Michael

Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press   |   Amazon


Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Sean Michael here today in our interview chair talking about writing, characters, and his new release, Educating The Professor.  Welcome, Sean.




Thank you to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words for interviewing me today.

  • Do you feel there’s a tight line between Mary Sue or should I say Gary Stu and using your own experiences to create a character?

I think the Gary Stu phenomena is more about inserting a perfect vision of oneself into a story rather than one’s experiences.

  • Has your choice of childhood or teenage reading genres carried into your own choices for writing?

My favorite genre to read has always been sci-fi and fantasy, but I also read a lot of romance as a teenager and beyond. I used to read a Harlequin every night before going to sleep during university – it was a way to turn my brain off from school work and let it settle. So yeah, I’d say it carried into my choice of writing genre.

  • Have you ever had to put an ‘in progress’ story aside because of the emotional ties with it?  You were hurting with the characters or didn’t know how to proceed?

I actually find I do just the opposite – the more the characters are hurting, the faster I write. I hate it when they’re hurting and I have to write as quickly as possible to get them to a good place.

  • Do you like HFN or HEA? And why?

Absolutely. There’s enough sadness and negativity in the world. I want my HFN and HEA.

  • Do you read romances, as a teenager and as an adult?

I think I answered that above 😉

  • If you write contemporary romance, is there such a thing as making a main character too “real”?  Do you think you can bring too many faults into a character that eventually it becomes too flawed to become a love interest?

I think we don’t need the nitty gritty details of a character – the number of bowel movements he needs, stuff like that. But I think flaws make a character more real, more believable. And often more loveable.

  • What’s the wildest scene you’ve imagined and did it make it into a story?

I don’t know – I think I pretty much go ahead and include all the wild stuff in a lot of my stories…

If you could imagine the best possible place for you to write, where would that be and why?

Somewhere that I could hear and see the waves of the ocean.

  • With so much going on in the world today, do you write to explain?  To get away?  To move past?  To widen our knowledge?  Why do you write?

I write about love and happy endings because there is so much going on in the world and so much of it is negative. I want to write about people finding their happily ever.

What’s next for you as a writer?

I’m working on a story featuring a triplet – his brothers will also be getting their stories. And I’m working on a little something for Valentine’s Day.

Sean Michael

smut fixes everything



Kenneth Brannigan is a small-town history professor. He’s happy with his life, loves the classes he teaches, and lives in a tiny apartment in a converted house with his best friend, Tim, next door. He’s still recovering from a bad breakup and is content to stick to his comfortable routine. It’s Tim who insists he come to the Queer Alliance’s Rainbow Mixer.

At the mixer, Kenn meets David Burgundy, a new-to-town TA who is working on his masters. Dave is drawn immediately to Kenn and is thrilled when Kenn offers to show him the best pizza place in town. One meal leads to two, which leads to Dave and Kenn spending most of their free time together… and Kenn loosening his self-imposed rules regarding dating and sex for some kinky fun.

Kenn’s ex isn’t going to just let Kenn be, though, and the happier Kenn is with Dave, the less the ex likes it. Will Kenn continue to run away from his past, or will his relationship with Dave help him face it head-on?


About the Author

Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.

Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.

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TWITTER: seanmichael09


By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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