May has been officially declared as the “Interviewing the Indies” month. As such, all month there will be posts containing interviews with indie authors. Today’s guest is Sean Archer, author of the web comic “Milo the Cloud.”
What do you have published?
I’m the author of the web comic Milo the Cloud and I write the art/music/life blog Artistic Ninjutsu. I’m also a singer/songwriter in Chicago.
Milo the Cloud follows a happy little cloud and his surly balloon friend, Hank. They are joined by Eva, a teen who likes to climb water towers, and Lou, a cardinal who is more than he seems.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently prepping my first illustrated book, featuring Milo the Cloud, in what I like to call a Zen Fairy Tale, “Milo Decides To Be.” The tone is somewhere between The Little Prince and the Tao of Pooh. Milo is a little cloud searching for a purpose. But what exactly can a little cloud do? This book is the kind of book I would sit with for hours as a kid, and then return to as an adult. In coming months, I’ll release it in ebook form in four different languages so far. English, Spanish, Ukrainian, and French.
How do you stay motivated?
I look at my daughter, and every day remember that I want her to see my life as an example of how one can live impeccably, and bring art into every day.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being an indie author?
Cory Doctrow nailed it with the title of his book, “The Problem Isn’t Piracy. The Problem Is Obscurity.”
As a writer, what is the one thing you cannot live without? Why?
My field kit has a five-subject spiral notebook, a Moleskine sketchpad (or sometimes a folder filled with card stock, depending on the mood and what I’m working on), often a MacBook Pro, and a Wacom tablet. And when the weather permits, I’ll also have a ukulele strung over my shoulder on my way to the park to write.
You can purchase any of the Indie YA Books from amazon. Stay tuned for more Interviewing the Indies, happening all May long!