You may know him as a board member, councilor, steward or most recently as a grievance representative, but you can now add a new title to Sean Bolton’s name: published author.
Bolton, who joined the SEA staff last March after five years at the Department of Health and Human Services, has released his first book, [PRE]SENT, a “suspenseful, psychological thriller.”
He explained that the book came out of a nightmare he had when he was a child. At the time, he wrote down the details of the nightmare, and sort of filed it away for a while.
“I wrote a short story about it in early December 2009 as a sort of a side project for an English class at Springfield College,” Bolton said. “I presented it to my professor, who read it and immediately told me that I should develop it into a novel. Being that so much of the story was based on or inspired by actual events, turning it into a novel became this grand project that I came up with. I just dove right in and started piecing things together.”
In all, he said the book took him just under four years to write as he expanded the story from his nightmare to something bigger.
“It’s a fast-paced story of three people who are dealing with something unnatural, sort of unknown to man,” he said. “As they cope with what’s going on in their lives, it becomes more and more apparent that they’re all connected in some way.”
Stylistically, Bolton said one of the people who helped him edit the book said it most resembles Chuck Palahniuk. That makes sense, given that Bolton said the “Fight Club” author was an influence on his writing.
“I would say my two biggest influences on my style of writing are Palahniuk and Seth Grahame-Smith,” he said. “Seth Grahame-Smith because of the way he describes things taking place; Palahniuk because of the way he unfolds events and the bluntness with which he presents them.”
As many new authors do these days, Bolton self-published the book. He said he’s finding that while self-publishing itself is easy, the promotion of a book takes some work.
“I’ve launched my website now (www.seanbbolton.com), and I’ve sort of taken this on as a part-time job, going out and promoting my book,” he said, adding that he’s taking part in a meet the authors event Friday night from 6-9 p.m. at Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown. “Getting a book published is easy, but if you want it to be a serious thing where people actually take interest, you have to dedicate a significant amount of time to it and go from there.”
Bolton said he’s already started working on his next book, which will be the first in a series.
“It’s a completely different genre, completely unrelated to [PRE]SENT, but I felt like I needed to get that first story out and done before I moved on,” he said. “Now, as I move on, I have someone who’s helping me go through and edit the new story. I don’t know how long that will take, but I’m definitely committed to it.”
You can get the book in print and digital formats. For now, it’s available digitally on Kindle, though it will be available in other formats within a few months. You can also get a paperback copy by emailing Bolton directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.