Covington Councilman releases third thriller novel

Covington City Councilman Sean Smith often sits quietly at the dais during council meetings, listening

Covington City Councilman Sean Smith often sits quietly at the dais during council meetings, listening. However, beneath his staid exterior lives a bundle of suspense and high adventure.

Smith released his third novel in January titled, “Need to Know”, which he describes as a “national park thriller.”

Before landing in Covington he worked for the National Forest Service as a ranger at Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park in Montana. His experience as a ranger is where he has drawn the inspiration for his stories.

His first novel, “Unleashing Colter’s Hell”, was set in Yellowstone and “Need to Know” is set in Mount Rainier National Park. The time is 1947. His main character is a park ranger, Grayson Cole. The story centers on nine silver discs and a world-wide conspiracy with an avalanche, blizzards and deadly agents.

Smith said he has been captivated by thrillers and adventure stories and he began writing in grade school.

“My mom brought some of my school work over and there was a story about Magellan and Santa Claus,” he said.

He now works for the Department of Ecology as a superintendent for the Hazardous Waste and Toxic Reduction Program. Smith said he writes during his lunch breaks and listens to recorded books for research during his commute.

“I like being able to captivate people,” Smith said. “I really respect good writing. You can see it in your head; it’s hypnotic.”

Smith self-publishes his novels through Amazon’s CreateSpace.

“It’s a great way for authors to get publishing and create a body of work,” Smith said.

He said the next step now that he has three books completed is to work on securing an agent and publisher.

All three novels are available on Amazon’s website at Mr. Sean D Smith.

With three down, Smith is not resting. He has already started his fourth titled, “Friends Like These.” This story is set in Glacier National Park.

Smith said will be doing a reading at the Covington Library in the near future. Check the News and Notes section of The Reporter when a date has been set.

More in News

Image pulled from Google Maps.
New sidewalk in Covington will be built next year

The new sidewalk will make 164th Avenue more accessible for the public.

Kent School District announces reductions, reorganization

Latest cuts necessary to close budget gap

The black 1998 Acura, left, crossed the center median on Highway 18 late Wednesday and was hit by the pickup. WSP is looking for anyone who may have information on the collision. Courtesy photo
27 year old in custody due to fatal collision on SR 18

Washington State Patrol responded around 11:40 p.m. March 21 to reports of… Continue reading

Councilmembers and other city staff members stand in front of the old beach house at Lake Wilderness Park. Photo by Kayse Angel
Maple Valley holds Beach House Bash

Construction for the beach house at Lake Wilderness Park will start soon.

Scam warning from Sheriff’s Office and more community news

Kentlake culinary team places among best in state The culinary team from… Continue reading

Megan Sheridan resigns from her spot on council

The Maple Valley Council are currently looking for applicants for the recently opened position.

Tukwila man pleads guilty to child pornography

The man faces at least 15 years in prison

Photos by Kayse Angel
Gov. Jay Inslee signs package of bills at Foster High School

These bills are intended to improve participation and representation in the Washington elections.

Gov. Inslee signing the bill on March 15. Submitted photo
Gov. Jay Inslee signs Bill

The Maple Valley City Council and City Manager, Laura Philpot, traveled to… Continue reading

Most Read