BioM.S. Kaminsky (Michael Sean–that’s me–but almost everyone calls me Sean) writes YA and new adult suspense thrillers with twists of fantasy, mystery and fabulism. I aim to give readers the suspense and surprises I got reading Gillian Flynn’s "Gone Girl," the strong characters and action of "The Hunger Games" and the mystery and paranormal thrills of Neil Gaiman’s "The Ocean at the End of The Lane". (why not aim high?)
My most recent release, "The Mermaid Curse Mystery Series" is a gripping paranormal suspense thriller that spans generations of women. Alabaster Island is the prequel to the series followed by Book One, "The Atlantis Twins". Please read the books in any order you fancy. I live and work in Brooklyn, NY with my husband Gerry Beekman and "The Atlantis Twins" is my first full-length novel. Please stop reading here unless you’d like to read a few further thoughts on writing.
For me writing often seems like an excavation of the vaults of my mind. I coax out forgotten experiences, dreams, imaginings and whatever else might lurk and surprise. I sometimes think back to an experience I had volunteering on an archaeological dig in Scotland years ago. We were excavating a medieval church with an even older church beneath. Indiana Jones it was not. It was stupendously boring; like dusting the world’s dirtiest room with an extra-soft toothbrush. My mind wandered constantly. I imagined the people who had walked those church grounds and a short story arose from that. Writing often happens that way for me: brushing away tedious mind dust to uncover the glittering, dancing gems of ideas hidden beneath. At least one hopes.
Sometimes it’s the emotion of an event that sticks with me and inspires a scene. I will never forget snorkeling above chirping dolphins off the coast of Maui. I kicked as hard as I could to keep up with them as I swam further and further from the dive boat. Then I noticed that my dolphin pals weren’t frolicking, they were fleeing. Seconds later, I saw it: a giant shark swam directly beneath me. I yanked my face out of the water. Everyone else had escaped back to the boat. “Shark! Come back! Come back!” our divemaster shouted. It was the longest swim of my life. But I still have my limbs intact and this ended up inspiring a scene in The Atlantis Twins.
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