A Leafy Green World & Al-thar: Interview with Thriller Author Sean Dow

Sean DowSean Dow is a pulmonary and critical care physician in Great Falls, Montana. He started writing thriller novels in 2011, and has three titles, one of which, Debridement, is in its second printing and is being made into a feature film.

Sean was born in Iowa City, but was raised on a small farm in Kansas before leaving for medical school, and the adventures beyond. His career was largely in Klamath Falls, Oregon, a town that still feels like home. He did a brief stent in Las Vegas before moving to the paradise of Montana. When not working or writing, Sean can be found in the kitchen perfecting his New York cheesecake, or on the mountain streams with Bailey, his beloved (and perfectly behaved) Mastiff and his favorite 2 weight fly rod-a parting gift from a dear friend and patient.

His latest books are A Leafy Green World and Al-thar.

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Title: A Leafy Green World
Author: Sean Dow
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Pages: 449
Genre: Thriller

A Leafy Green World is a fast paced, action packed thriller set in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Brent Holcomb has moved to Portland in hopes of resurrecting his life and his career. There, he meets Robyn-the girl from his dreams. All is going smoothly until he realizes Robyn and her friends are not what they seem. Now, wrapped up in the murder of an innocent man, and with nowhere to turn, Brent forms a bold plan-a plan that will put him on a dangerous course, aligning himself with domestic terrorists and ultimately, a deeply hidden cell of Islamic terrorists.



Al-TharTitle: Al-thar
Author: Sean Dow
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Pages: 466
Genre: Thriller

In Al-thar, (Arabic:revenge) Brent is living a tranquil life on the peaceful Philippine island of Masbate. But the FBI’s witness protection plan is not enough when you have destroyed the plans of the world’s most feared terrorist group-an assassin is on the way, and his plans are far worse than a simple bullet in the head.

With the violent destruction of his new island home, Dr. Holcomb is once again thrust into danger, this time on an international level. There are only two outcomes in this new high-stakes match, Brent’s painful and public death and the destruction of America’s, or the death of Saadullah Abul Ka-beir, and his council.

Brent brings together his cast of memorable friends from A Leafy Green World as he devises the greatest deception ever imagined. The action goes at a break-neck pace from the Philippines to Washington, D.C., and from a remote valley in Pakistan to the jungles of Sierra Leone in this novel that has been described as almost too real, and too timely.

What made you decide to become a published author?

Writing has been a goal as far back as I can remember, even to the point of writing poems while in grade school.

Would you consider your latest book, al-thar, to be a one of a kind?  How so?

Definitely. Al-thar looks into serious issues we face, and the development of some of the plot lines into actual reality has given it enough credibility that one reviewer felt the story was too realistic, and too frightening. It was never intended to be more than a wild, and creative adventure, but it has come to reflect a reality we must all face, the fact that there is a world out there that wants to destroy us.

Where is your writing sanctuary?

I live in a stately old home in Montana. When there weather permits, I write on the second story deck, looking out over town.

What do you believe a writer should not do as far as getting his or her book published?

Rush to get it out before it has been carefully edited, by a professional, or to get it to the publisher without one final read, a mistake I once made that led to considerable embarrassment, and the need to destroy an entire printing. It take a little longer, but do it right!

What inspires you?

The thought of readers getting lost in my stories, of forgetting their issues for a while and simply enjoying themselves.

What is one thing you learned about your book after it was published?

How it has become a part of me, almost like a child, though obviously on a different level.

Why do you love to write thrillers?

I love adventure, and problem solving. A good thriller pulls these together and makes me feel as if I was actually in the story, as the main character.

You’re concocting a recipe for a best selling book.  What’s the first ingredient? It must be unique, not just another iteration of something a dozen others have put out before you.

What’s one fun fact about your book people should know?

I fell in love with Robyn, the girlfriend in a leafy green world-hope I meet her, someday.

Did any real life experiences find their way into your book?

Yes, unfortunately. Dr. Holcomb’s discovery of his wife’s life outside their marriage came from my own reality. The pain of that helped make the scene of his discovering her infidelity more real-it was like going through it again as I wrote that chapter.

Aside from writing, what’s your passion?

I love to cook, but outdoors activities are my favorite, whether fly fishing, rock hunting or prowling the mountains for edible mushrooms, I am happiest when I am out from under the fluorescents, breathing the fresh air of Montana.

What’s next for you?

I have three plots in mind, and am trying to see which develops legs. In the meantime, I am raising a delightful mastiff puppy, Bailey. She thinks she belongs on top of the kitchen table whenever she wants-we are currently in discussions on the matter.



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