Today I’m honored to have Sean Liscom, author of The Ranch book series available on Amazon. I’ve been reading the entire series and thought I might as well ask if the author would be on the show, and surprisingly, he said yes! So today, we have a great chat about the origins of The Ranch series, his writing method, life living off the grid, and the art of living a life of being prepared. Sean has a background in wild land firefighting, and we learn all of the lessons that come from a life of unpredictability.

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Sean’s Bio: I was born in October of 1970 in California but have lived in northern Nevada since 1977. At an early age, I was bitten by the Fireman bug. In the spring of 1988 I joined the local volunteer fire department. I served in several different capacities from Firefighter I, EMT-B, Engine Operator, Safety Officer, Training Officer, Engine Captain and Type III Incident Commander. I retired on 01-01-11.

During the summer of 1989, I found myself joining up with a government contracted engine strike team. I also served with them in different positions that mirrored my volunteer service with the exception of becoming a Strike Team Leader. With 5 Type III engines, two water tenders and two service vehicles under my control, I had to quickly learn how to deal with the “human” element. I must have done okay because they kept asking me to come back to work for them. That lasted until the season ended in 1999.

In September of 2016, I sat down with my laptop and started writing. The story that unfolded in my head and on the computer screen is what I submitted to Amazon a year later. Of course, there were re-writes and the inevitable writers block, but I managed to work my way through that with the help and support of my beautiful wife, Denise. Even when she was struggling with the hellish side-effects of chemotherapy, she stood strong and let me bounce ideas off of her.

0:00 – Start
1:30 – Intro to book
3:00 – Craziest thing he saw
11:00 -“I write for a living”
16:30 – How much of the story is autobiographical?
24:41 – How do you outline a story?
33:30 – What inspires your characters?
36:00 – Political themes
44:00 – A Simple cut will kill you
52:00 – What are some realizations in life
54:30 -Composting toilets
1:00:00 – Inspiration for the world building
1:07:30 – The entrepreneurial journey
1:11:20 – Freeform writing

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