Welcome!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us via this short Q&A. I am excited to find out a little more about you and your work. Tell us about a favorite character from your book.
Gods is unique in that several characters share the workload—there’s not a single “most important” protagonist. Very quickly you’ll realize who the plot is centralized around, but it’s a team effort. With that said, I’m quite fond of Ana. She’s not in the book a ton, but she’s immensely important. I guess she’s what I would like to aspire to be—she’s burdened by unimaginable cosmic knowledge, but chooses to be happy in spite of it. She knows of all the tragedy that is about befall man, yet remains compassionate and excited about life. She just seems like someone I’d love to hangout with—she also doesn’t take any of William’s crap, and that’s admirable.
What are these things called “Artifacts” scattered throughout the book?
The artifacts are meant to add historical context to the story. Most of the artifacts are factual snippets of history that plays well and supports the fictional tale. These artifacts are presented to the reader by an ominous narrator that begins the story in the prologue. This narrator curated these particular bits of history and used them to tie together the over-arching story. The artifacts represent court documents, memos, letters, religious texts, and phone records that provide a “realistic” undertone—readers often question what is true and what is fiction, which is exactly how I like it!
There is a pretty significant romance that’s not initially revealed. What was the inspiration or what made you decide to develop this portion of the story through “love letters across time”?
Well, as sappy as it is, I love nothing more than receiving a handwritten letter from someone I have feelings for… It just seems so intimate and meaningful—truly special and unique just for me. Also, while doing research for another project, I read a lot wartime letters sent between lovers—this was by far the most interesting part of the research. These were deep and inspiring letters—these people felt like they could die at any moment and this was their opportunity to say their last words to each other. They didn’t squander it. I just hoped to convey a fraction of their conviction in my letters. As sad as it sounds, these letters were probably a form of single’s therapy for me, haha. I had no one else to say these things to, so I poured it all out through Josh and Cloe!
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
My dream is to live traveling—one of my biggest goals in life is to live on a catamaran and sail it around the world. So you all know, I’m currently living in the middle of the Mojave Desert, so I have quite a ways to go, haha! We can dream, right? I’d love to see the South Pacific. I’d also like to explore a lot the history I write about in the book—visit the ancient temples in Greece and lost Sumerian cities in Iraq. Maybe I’ll wait a few more years before visiting Iraq…
Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?
I’ve met some of the most interesting people through my writing and it still freaks me out when I think about it. I’ve been writing for so long and most of it feels like shouting into the void—it’s weird when someone reaches out to you. You almost forget that there’s other people out there and they’re reading what you have to say, haha. I’m like “oh shoot, I need to watch my mouth!” I’ve found that most people who bother to take the time to write to you are genuinely kind and curious. Somehow you’ve moved them in some sort of way, and they’re just trying to express that. In the past, I’ve connected a lot with people over music—that usually seems to be the glue. Gods is brand new but the early feedback I’m getting inspires a lot deeper and more thoughtful conversations, which I welcome.
What book are you reading now?
Finished Gandhi’s autobiography a couple of days ago—not a light read, haha. On to Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Yeah, I’m weird like that.
What are you passionate about these days?
I love good storytelling. If it happens in a book—cool—but I’m an equal opportunity media junkie, haha. TV, steaming, audiobooks, movies, campfires, videogames—I’m down. Currently I’m totally enthralled by the videogame Life Is Strange. It’s about a teenage girl in the Pacific Northwest with the ability to reverse time—oh man, it’s good! I have one more episode to go, and holy cow—your heart is in your throat at the end of Episode 4! I would absolutely love to be on a writing team that created a game like this.
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers?
The biggest thing I tell others, and continue to remind myself, is to have patience. Whatever time table you have in your mind for anything book related—whether it be finishing it, editing, publishing, or overall “success”—extend that indefinitely. This industry moves so slowly… I used to build houses, and that took a fraction of the time. You truly have to enjoy the process—the journey of the entire experience—not just the goal.
What are you working on now? Where can we find you?
I’m currently halfway through a new novel that I am very excited about. It has a big heartbreaking twist, and I love it. I’m reluctant to give any sort of time frame of when you can expect it (see above), but I’ll be talking about it on my website, www.swhammond.com. Stop by, visit, say hi—I’ll always find the time to connect. There’s nothing that would mean more to me than if you read and fell in love with the characters in The Final Book—digital, paperback, hardcover—pick it up in all the usual places.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Final Book: Gods
Author: SW Hammond
To Be Published: June 13th, 2017
Genre: Fiction / Science Fiction / Mythology / Visionary & Metaphysical
Recommended Age: 16+
Content Warning: Historical battles with swordplay and the violence / gore of war
In the beginning there was love. The Goddess of Life in an elated romance with a beloved mortal. Her sister killed him. Their combined actions ripping a hole in destiny and plagued mankind with an age of unprecedented corruption, vicious holy wars, and religious absolution.
Though long forgotten by the mortals they serve, Zeus and his Pantheon continue to foster and protect mankind which is tearing itself apart—but even God isn’t infallible. After failed diplomacy, the King of the Gods is left with no choice but to take the persona of a modern man—the famed genetic scientist Dr. Hork. In an effort to preserve the future by reshaping the past, Dr. Hork uses Project Genesis—the transfer of consciousness—to send subjects back in time. However, not without devastating failures. Subjects of the experiment wreak havoc upon humanity until a familiar character is reborn to correct the course.
Reincarnated and ready to fulfill his true destiny, Joshua Bach is the catalyst the Gods have been waiting for—and Dr. Hork’s final beacon of salvation. Ferociously idealistic, the free-spirited young man struggles to come-of-age in a time and society ruled by money and corruption. Under the wing of the Gods, Josh rediscovers his purpose, along with a love that can only be considered timeless.
This epic blends human history, ruthless mythology, science fiction, and the supernatural to tell a love story of the future—bringing Gods across all faiths down to earth in the modern age and within your reach.
Excerpt From Chapter 23 - Transmigration - The Final Book: Gods
William had never opened up to Josh about his personal affairs and Josh wasn’t quite sure how to respond. He felt tremendous objection with William’s rationalization of his actions, but didn’t want to outright judge the man.
“I don’t know, Billy,” Josh began. “Honesty is usually the best policy. It sounds like you’re justifying poor judgment by the serendipitous outcome of superb offspring… I mean, what if your children with Ana grew up to be heinous, or even normal. Would those ends justify the means?”
“Well, that’s the odd thing about destiny: it’s inevitable,” William replied. “Those girls had to be born, they were needed. Destiny exploited my weakness, a character flaw of mine, in order to put forth what the world needed.”
“Wow,” Josh said, taken aback by William’s explanation. “You’ve done a lot of great things, Dr. Hork, almost other worldly things. But you’re speaking as if you’re chosen. The odd thing about destiny isn’t that it’s inevitable, but it’s that we don’t know what it is. It’s not like we have a map or checklist of the future.”
“But what if you did? What if you did know your destiny? Would that still make my actions dishonorable? Knowing the outcome of the greater good?”
Josh turned to look out the window. “You’re suggesting that you have a crystal ball and there’s only one way to do things. That almost makes it worse. Knowing your destiny and still not finding an honorable or honest solution with Pom to achieve the same outcome.”
William remained quiet, allowing Josh to explain himself.
“Destiny is an excuse for poor actions,” Josh continued. “It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. You believe in your destiny, so therefore you actively seek it out, and it eventually becomes you. By adding the ‘cosmic mystical’ element, you relinquish accountability and responsibility. You just blame your actions on the gods. It was their will for you to sleep with that woman, not yours.”
“How would one honorably explain conceiving a child with another woman?” William asked, looking over at him out of the corner of his eye.
About the Author:
Sean William Hammond is the author of The Final Book: Gods and The Mixtape Manifesto: A Pop Culture Confessional. He is also a freelance writer contributing to music zines, adventure and lifestyle magazines, and new media technical websites across the world. On his official website, SWHammond.com, you’ll find a mix of his articles, essays, and personal memoirs that encompass pop culture, politics, relationships, and thoughts on life.
SW’s writing style, particularly within his commentary, is often compared to Chuck Klosterman with countless references to pop culture, especially music. Hammond’s honest approach creates an easy camaraderie with the reader, then tests the boundaries with sensitive subject matter. Philosophy, ethics, and virtue continually square off against an instantaneous hedonism celebrated throughout society—with Hammond in the middle, struggling to keep his head above water.
SW’s fictional writing makes a conscious effort to blend perception, rumor, and fact leaving the reader to question reality. His stories are often rooted in truth, taking place in historical settings or by playing on modern headlines, making use of common and relatable themes to drive home critical points about the human condition. Though grand, epic, and futurist, the backbone of his novels hinge on basic principles of morality, or lack thereof.
Hammond has a unique background as a music and sports industry professional. He has worked in the Commissioner’s Office of Major League Baseball as a Marketing Coordinator, was an Assistant of Arizona Operations in the Kansas City Royals farm system, and operated Spring Training stadium audio for the Los Angeles Angels. He is also credited as a Marketing Representative for Sony Music Entertainment, a Senior Tour Manager for the Vans Warped Tour, and an intern at WAR Records / United Interests Management.
Born just outside of Denver, CO in 1983, Hammond hasn’t settled down much since. Aside from Colorado, as a child he also lived in Maine, California, and Utah. As an adult he returned to Colorado and Utah, also adding Arizona and Nevada to the list. He has visited 49 of the 50 states, vowing to make it to Alaska one day soon. Seemingly only content while in motion, Hammond’s dream is to one day own a catamaran and sail it around the world. He currently resides in Las Vegas, NV studying philosophy at UNLV. Hammond has never been married and has no children.
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