About the Author
Sean Tulien is a children’s book editor from Minnesota. In his spare time, he likes to read, exercise, eat sushi, play with his pet bunny, Habibi, and pet hamster, Buddy, exercise outdoors, listen to loud music, spend time with his parter-in-crime, Nicolle, and write weird books. He has written several comic books, chapter books featuring The Flash and Batman, and several other strange stories. Meltdown Town is his first foray into sci-fi — but definitely not his last.
Sean Tulien’s 12 Stories
My favorite authors are William Blake, Edward Gorey, and David Wiesner. Each one is weird in his own cool way.
I have a bachelor's degree in literature from the University of Minnesota, Morris. In 2016, I will have earned a master's degree in creative writing for children from Hamline University in Minnesota.
I think anyone can be a writer if they put in enough time, practice, revision, and — most importantly — reading.
I always listen to music while writing. Viking metal, electronic stuff, or progressive folk are always on my playlist. Anything brooding or fast paced, basically.
I think monsters are physical versions of our greatest fears. Nearly every book I write has at least one monstrous character.
My role models are Elon Musk, Terry Crews, and my father, Gary.
These days, I write extensive outlines for all my books. They are detailed, visual, and often include long biographies for major characters. I think writing this way makes a story feel more real.
While I do create long outlines for my books, I always leave some room for spontaneous inspiration. Otherwise where's the fun in writing?
I edit books for kids in my day job. Most of my life revolves around children's literature, now that I think about it.
I hate writing but love having written. (In other words, the process stinks but the results are enjoyable.)
The walls of my cubicle at work are covered with pictures of weird and funny animals.