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Psychedelic Storytelling: An Interview with Sebastian, author of Trippy Hippy

Sebastian

I grew up in Houston, Texas, and after a brief stint in New York moved to San Francisco where I programmed a popular midnight film series and manage a troupe of outrageous hippy drag queens called the Cockettes. Trippy Hippy is my third novel.

You can buy Trippy Hippy here.

Are you a writer, too? Submit your manuscript to Atmosphere Press.


Tell us the story of your book’s title. Was it easy to find, or did it take forever?

I was originally going to title the book Death in the Summer of Love, but that sounded too dark. It is set in an exciting, vibrant time that brought about many societal changes. The characters are fictional but the story is real or could be.

How did it feel when you first saw your book cover? Or when you first held your book in your hands?

I was thrilled. It was exactly what I wanted to capture the psychedelic poster look of the period.

Rock and roll, baby!

Who/what made you want to write? Was there a particular person, or particular writers/works/art forms that influenced you?

I’m a prolific reader, but I don’t feel the influence of any one particular writer. I just like to tell a good story.

What other professions have you worked in? What’s something about you that your readers wouldn’t know?

I’m a tax preparer and an accountant and have my own business, but I’ve been a writer since I was in high school. I’ve also made short films and directed the cult classic, Tricia’s Wedding, with the aforementioned Cockettes.

What was the most rewarding/meaningful part of publishing your book?

Knowing that through Atmosphere Press hopefully many readers will get to enjoy my book.

What is one thing you hope readers take away from reading your book? How do you envision your perfect reader?

I hope the readers will love my characters and care what happens to them. I don’t have a perfect reader, because I hope to reach all kinds of people.

What new writing projects are you currently working on? Or, other projects that are not writing?

I recently finished the first draft of a historical novel about two boys growing up in West Virginia before the Civil War. I’m now working on the third draft of my story of a wild ride through Mexico in an old Ford with a hole in the radiator called A Hundred Years of Cilantro.

How was working with Atmosphere Press? What would you tell other writers who want to publish?

I love working with Atmosphere Press. In every department they’ve been super, including editing, layout, cover, and promotion. They are the best!


You can buy Trippy Hippy here.

Are you a writer, too? Submit your manuscript to Atmosphere Press.

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