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Sean McLachlan is a former archaeologist who worked for many years on excavations in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Now a full-time writer, he specializes in fiction, history, and adventure travel. In 2013 he won the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award for his Iraq reportage.

Sean is busy working on three fiction series: Toxic World (post-apocalyptic science fiction), House Divided (Civil War horror), and the Trench Raiders action series set in World War One.

Half of Sean's time is spent on the road researching and writing. He's traveled to more than 30 countries, interviewing nomads in Somaliland, climbing to clifftop monasteries in Ethiopia, studying Crusader castles in Syria, and exploring caves in his favorite state of
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Sean McLachlan I'll be back in Tangier for three weeks next month. That's the setting for The Last Hotel Room. This time I'll be working on a completely different…moreI'll be back in Tangier for three weeks next month. That's the setting for The Last Hotel Room. This time I'll be working on a completely different project that's unrelated to Morocco, the next in my Toxic World series in fact. I find it a great place to write. I don't have Internet in my house and while I have friends in town, I get enough solitude to get a lot of work done. I'll also be traveling around the country a bit, although I'm not sure where yet.
I'm considering going back to Iran early next year. I was there back in 1994 and loved the archaeological and architectural wonders. Plus the food is awesome. My family loved Morocco, so I think Iran will blow their minds!(less)
Sean McLachlan I've spent much of my life exploring the world, often in purportedly no-go areas where all the people are supposed to hate me. I'm still alive. I…moreI've spent much of my life exploring the world, often in purportedly no-go areas where all the people are supposed to hate me. I'm still alive. I haven't used real places too much in my fiction, but the attitudes and insights I've gained from traveling do affect my novels. I've found that people are pretty much concerned with the same things--work, love, lust, family, growing old, what that annoying neighbor is up to this time, etc.
Plus I've found that most people are decent wherever you go. Of course lots of folks say that, but I've had it proven to me time and again in places like Iraq, Syria, and Somaliland. The only place I've ever been mugged was Connecticut. Watch out for Connecticut.
This sort of experience helps steer you away from stereotypes and lazy characterizations. Or as the character Tom says in my upcoming novel The Last Hotel Room, "People in Tangier are like everywhere else--some good, some bad, and a lot of lumps in between." He's a bit of a bastard.
This novel (due out in 2016) is the first that's set in a place that I've spent time. It's a bit odd that I don't use real-world places more often. I'm not sure why I don't. I do use bits and pieces of things I've seen, though. For example, in northern Spain there are these deep, steep-sided valleys. Many of them are spanned by concrete bridges that soar 100 meters or more above the valley floor. As I was writing the post-apocalyptic novel Radio Hope I thought, "What if my characters had to cross one of these things after it hadn't been maintained for fifty years? What if they had to do it under fire?" I'm acrophobic so my characters often find themselves in trouble in high places!
Other little bits and pieces have made their way into my fiction--artifacts I've seen in museums, foreign expressions, odd people I've met, etc. I also try to have as diverse a cast as possible, not to score points in some liberal contest, but simply because it makes the work more interesting. Racism and mistrust are recurrent themes in my work, and my characters do not always overcome it. A few of my readers haven't either. I've gotten hate mail for having sympathetic black and Muslim characters. Oh well.(less)
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You folks deserve some cheap summer reading, so until the end of July, I'm slashing the price of two of my novels to only 99 cents each. Radio Hope and Trench Raiders have both been around since 2014 and they've sold steadily, but in the past year they've been eclipsed by some of my more recent efforts. So this is a chance to rediscover some of my earlier writing. While both are the start of se... Read more of this blog post »
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Description: In a world ravaged by toxins and brutality, a married couple eke out a precarious living catching fish from the poisoned sea. Will their devotion to each other ever be rewarded? This flash fiction is in the same setting as my Toxic World series of post-apocalyptic books, which starts with RADIO HOPE.

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This is the first of the Hard Case Crime series I've read. The series has made a name for itself by republishing lots of great but nearly forgotten noir gems. In this book, Peter Mallory, our antihero, has left the mob behind to start a new law-abidi ...more
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