An Interview with Sean Grigsby

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Once a professional firefighter in Arkansas, musician, podcaster, and author, Sean Grigsby takes on the third installment in the Ash Kicker series with another thrilling story in Flame Riders. Sean has a chat with us about everything from reading at a young age, the pandemic of 2020, podcasting, and music, and answering questions about the origin of Ash Kickers and details about his newest novel, Flame Riders. Check it out!

[GdM] Can you tell me a little bit about where you grew up? Did you grow up in Arkansas? I hear you are a fan of Goosebumps as your gateway series. Mine was Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark. It seems like those two series go hand in hand for kids getting into SFF and horror novels.

[SG] I also loved Scary Stories! Any time my kids are in the car with me, they beg me to put on the audiobooks.

I was a military brat, so I grew up in Japan, Australia, but mostly Memphis, TN. Somehow I got stuck in this hell hole known as Arkansas and I’m eager to escape with my wife, Lisa.

sean grigsby[GdM] Speaking of Arkansas, I enjoyed the not-so-subtle quote about Arkansas in Flame Riders. That was a funny bit for those readers who know you are from there. Do you put Easter eggs in your books for friends and family?

[SG] All the time. Flame Riders also features a character named Lot Scynch. Somebody out there knows who I’m tipping the hat to.

[GdM] Can you tell me a bit about the Cosmic Dragon Podcast? From what I understand, you are on hiatus right now. Are you going to come back to it any time soon?

[SG] I am taking a break from it, but I’ll hopefully pick it back up. It’s my podcast where I shoot the shit with other sci-fi and fantasy authors, from Fonda Lee to Nick Eames.

[GdM] A Note on your podcast, “Due to technical difficulty and the host being a bit inebriated, this episode does not end completely…kind of like Game of Thrones on TV …” So I am taking it you aren’t a huge fan of the ending of Game of Thrones?

[SG] That ending was the biggest pile of bullshit I have ever seen. There were no payoffs.

[GdM] You are a man that wears many creative hats, including music. Can you tell me a bit about that?

[SG] I love to be creative in all kinds of ways and I like to follow inspiration when it hits. Music has always been as big a part of my life as books. I’d like to think my musicality lends itself to my writing.

[GdM] I saw that you wrote a short story for Best Death Wins (Warhammer 40k). Are you a Warhammer fan?

[SG] I am, but I don’t collect figurines or read much of the books. It’s too complicated. My short in their Inferno! the anthology was a good excuse to get dark in that world, with three tales told by doomed Imperial Guardsmen.

Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby[GdM] Tell me about PitchWars. I read that you were a mentor. What was that experience like?

[SG] I was a mentee. So I was the pupil then. Jason Nelson helped me get my book, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap up to snuff, but it’s since become a trunk novel.

[GdM] I read that you have an affinity for typewriters? What is it about typewriters that you like, and which ones do you have?

[SG] I love typewriters but I don’t own any. I hope my next tattoo is a typewriter. I do own a lot of portable keyboards, though.

[GdM] We have a shared love Grady Hendrix’s stories. I just finished My Best Friend’s Exorcism, We Sold Our Souls, and tracked down a copy of Li’l Classix: Little Women. Are you a big fan of the horror/comedy/gonzo genre? If so, what do you like about it?

[SG] I’m an 80s/90s kid, so the horror from that era will always be a part of me. Grady has taken that and made it richer, deep