Sean McLachlan

Sean McLachlan - Ghostwriter

Madrid, Spain

Fiction, history, and travel writer with a background in archaeology and Middle Eastern studies. Professional ghostwriter.

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Overview

I'm a former archaeologist now working as a freelance writer specializing in fiction, history, and travel. I provide ghostwriting services for a number of clients in a wide variety of genres.

Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Crime & Mystery
Dystopian
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Horror
Science Fiction
Thriller
Non-Fiction
History
Travel

Certifications

  • Master of Arts in Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2005
  • Master of Arts in Anthropology, specializing in Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia. Minor in Medieval Studies, 1997.

Awards

  • Winner of the 2013 Society of American Travel Writers Award.

Work experience

Freelance writer and ghostwriter and Elance and Upwork

Self-employed
April, 2014 – Present (about 4 years)

Projects include ghostwriting various genres of novels including action/adventure, military, young adult, urban fantasy, science fiction, and horror. In nonfiction, I have so far written more than 50 short history booklets for Charles River Editors on military history, archaeology, exploration, and folklore.

Travel blogger

Gadling.com (subsidiary of AOL)
May, 2009 – October, 2013 (over 4 years)

Responsible for posting travel news and features. Work included several adventure travel series with on-the-ground reporting from destinations such as Iraq, Somaliland, and Ethiopia.

Portfolio (26 selected works)

THE CASE OF THE PURLOINED PYRAMID (THE MASKED MAN OF CAIRO Book 1)

Sean McLachlan

An ancient mystery. A modern murder. Sir Augustus Wall, a horribly mutilated veteran of the Great War, has left Europe behind to open an antiquities shop in Cairo. But Europe’s troubles follow him as a priceless inscription is stolen and those who know its secrets start turning up dead. Teaming up with Egyptology expert Moustafa Ghani, and Faisal, an irritating street urchin he just can't shak... read more

An ancient mystery. A modern murder. Sir Augustus Wall, a horribly mutilated veteran of the Great War, has left Europe behind to open an antiquities shop in Cairo. But Europe’s troubles follow him as a priceless inscription is stolen and those who know its secrets start turning up dead. Teaming up with Egyptology expert Moustafa Ghani, and Faisal, an irritating street urchin he just can't shak... read more

The Last Hotel Room

Sean McLachlan

He came to Tangier to die, but life isn’t done with him yet. Tom Miller has lost his job, his wife, and his dreams. Broke and alone, he ends up in a flophouse in Morocco, ready to end it all. But soon he finds himself tangled in a web of danger and duty as he’s pulled into scamming tourists for a crooked cop while trying to help a Syrian refugee boy survive life on the streets. Can a lifelong ... read more

He came to Tangier to die, but life isn’t done with him yet. Tom Miller has lost his job, his wife, and his dreams. Broke and alone, he ends up in a flophouse in Morocco, ready to end it all. But soon he finds himself tangled in a web of danger and duty as he’s pulled into scamming tourists for a crooked cop while trying to help a Syrian refugee boy survive life on the streets. Can a lifelong ... read more

Warpath into Sonora

Sean McLachlan

Arizona 1846Nantan, a young Apache warrior, is building a name for himself by leading raids against Mexican ranches to impress his war chief, and the chief’s lovely daughter.But there is one thing he and all other Apaches fear—a ruthless band of Mexican scalp hunters who slaughter entire villages.Nantan and his friends have sworn to fight back, but they are inexperienced, and led by a war chie... read more

Arizona 1846Nantan, a young Apache warrior, is building a name for himself by leading raids against Mexican ranches to impress his war chief, and the chief’s lovely daughter.But there is one thing he and all other Apaches fear—a ruthless band of Mexican scalp hunters who slaughter entire villages.Nantan and his friends have sworn to fight back, but they are inexperienced, and led by a war chie... read more

Apache Warrior vs US Cavalryman: 1846–86 (Combat)

Sean McLachlan

From the 1840s onward, United States military forces clashed with the Apache, a group of Native American peoples associated with the southwestern part of North America. US territorial expansion and conflict – first with Mexico and then during the Civil War – led to an escalation of hostilities that culminated in the defeat of the Apache leader Geronimo in 1886, although fighting continued into... read more

From the 1840s onward, United States military forces clashed with the Apache, a group of Native American peoples associated with the southwestern part of North America. US territorial expansion and conflict – first with Mexico and then during the Civil War – led to an escalation of hostilities that culminated in the defeat of the Apache leader Geronimo in 1886, although fighting continued into... read more

The Scavenger: A Toxic World Novelette

Sean McLachlan

In a world shattered by war, pollution, and disease, a lone scavenger discovers a priceless relic from the Old Times.The problem is, it's stuck in the middle of the worst wasteland he knows--a contaminated city inhabited by insane chem addicts and vengeful villagers. Only his wits, his gun, and an unlikely ally can get him out alive.Set in the Toxic World series introduced in the novel Radio H... read more

In a world shattered by war, pollution, and disease, a lone scavenger discovers a priceless relic from the Old Times.The problem is, it's stuck in the middle of the worst wasteland he knows--a contaminated city inhabited by insane chem addicts and vengeful villagers. Only his wits, his gun, and an unlikely ally can get him out alive.Set in the Toxic World series introduced in the novel Radio H... read more

Radio Hope: Toxic World Book One (Volume 1)

Sean McLachlan

In a world shattered by war, pollution and disease. . . A gunslinging mother longs to find a safe refuge for her son. A frustrated revolutionary delivers water to villagers living on a toxic waste dump. The assistant mayor of humanity's last city hopes he will never have to take command. One thing gives them the promise of a better future--Radio Hope, a mysterious station that broadcasts vital... read more

In a world shattered by war, pollution and disease. . . A gunslinging mother longs to find a safe refuge for her son. A frustrated revolutionary delivers water to villagers living on a toxic waste dump. The assistant mayor of humanity's last city hopes he will never have to take command. One thing gives them the promise of a better future--Radio Hope, a mysterious station that broadcasts vital... read more

Refugees from the Righteous Horde (Toxic World Book 2)

Sean McLachlan

When you only have one shot, you better aim true.In a ravaged world, civilization’s last outpost is reeling after fighting off the fanatical warriors of the Righteous Horde. Sheriff Annette Cruz becomes New City’s long arm of vengeance as she sets off across the wildlands to take out the cult’s leader. All she has is a sniper’s rifle with one bullet and a former cultist with his own agenda.Mea... read more

When you only have one shot, you better aim true.In a ravaged world, civilization’s last outpost is reeling after fighting off the fanatical warriors of the Righteous Horde. Sheriff Annette Cruz becomes New City’s long arm of vengeance as she sets off across the wildlands to take out the cult’s leader. All she has is a sniper’s rifle with one bullet and a former cultist with his own agenda.Mea... read more

We Had Flags (Toxic World Book 3)

Sean McLachlan

A law doesn't work if everyone breaks it.For forty years, New City has been a bastion of order in a fallen world. One crucial law has maintained the peace--it is illegal to place responsibility for the collapse of civilization on any one group. Anyone found guilty of Blaming is branded and stripped of citizenship.But when some unwelcome visitors arrive from across the sea, old wounds break ope... read more

A law doesn't work if everyone breaks it.For forty years, New City has been a bastion of order in a fallen world. One crucial law has maintained the peace--it is illegal to place responsibility for the collapse of civilization on any one group. Anyone found guilty of Blaming is branded and stripped of citizenship.But when some unwelcome visitors arrive from across the sea, old wounds break ope... read more

Christmas Truce: A Novella in the Trench Raiders Series

Sean McLachlan

Christmas 1914In the cold, muddy trenches of the Western Front, there is a strange silence. As a crack English trench raiding team enjoy their first day of peace in months, they call out holiday greetings to the men on the German line. Soon both sides are fraternizing in No Man’s Land.But when the English recognize some enemy raiders who only a few days before launched a deadly attack on their... read more

Christmas 1914In the cold, muddy trenches of the Western Front, there is a strange silence. As a crack English trench raiding team enjoy their first day of peace in months, they call out holiday greetings to the men on the German line. Soon both sides are fraternizing in No Man’s Land.But when the English recognize some enemy raiders who only a few days before launched a deadly attack on their... read more

Trench Raiders

Sean McLachlan

September 1914: The British Expeditionary Force has the Germans on the run, or so they think.After a month of bitter fighting, the British are battered, exhausted, and down to half their strength, yet they’ve helped save Paris and are pushing toward Berlin. Then the retreating Germans decide to make a stand. Holding a steep slope beside the River Aisne, the entrenched Germans mow down the adva... read more

September 1914: The British Expeditionary Force has the Germans on the run, or so they think.After a month of bitter fighting, the British are battered, exhausted, and down to half their strength, yet they’ve helped save Paris and are pushing toward Berlin. Then the retreating Germans decide to make a stand. Holding a steep slope beside the River Aisne, the entrenched Germans mow down the adva... read more

Digging In (Trench Raiders Book 2)

Sean McLachlan

October 1914: The British line is about to break.After two months of hard fighting, the British Expeditionary Force is short of men, ammunition, and ideas. With their line stretched to the breaking point, aerial reconnaissance spots German reinforcements massing for the big push. As their trenches are hammered by a German artillery battery, the men of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light ... read more

October 1914: The British line is about to break.After two months of hard fighting, the British Expeditionary Force is short of men, ammunition, and ideas. With their line stretched to the breaking point, aerial reconnaissance spots German reinforcements massing for the big push. As their trenches are hammered by a German artillery battery, the men of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light ... read more

No Man's Land (Trench Raiders Book 3)

Sean McLachlan

No Man’s Land—a hellscape of shell craters and dead bodies. Soldiers have fought over it, charged across it, and bled on it for a year of grueling war, but neither side has dominated it.Until now.An elite German raiding party is passing through No Man’s Land every night, attacking the British trenches at will. The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry need to reassert control over the... read more

No Man’s Land—a hellscape of shell craters and dead bodies. Soldiers have fought over it, charged across it, and bled on it for a year of grueling war, but neither side has dominated it.Until now.An elite German raiding party is passing through No Man’s Land every night, attacking the British trenches at will. The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry need to reassert control over the... read more

A Fine Likeness (House Divided Book 1)

Sean McLachlan

A Confederate guerrilla and a Union captain discover there’s something more dangerous in the woods than each other.Jimmy Rawlins is a teenaged bushwhacker who leads his friends on ambushes of Union patrols. They join infamous guerrilla leader Bloody Bill Anderson on a raid through Missouri, but Jimmy questions his commitment to the Cause when he discovers this madman plans to sacrifice a Union... read more

A Confederate guerrilla and a Union captain discover there’s something more dangerous in the woods than each other.Jimmy Rawlins is a teenaged bushwhacker who leads his friends on ambushes of Union patrols. They join infamous guerrilla leader Bloody Bill Anderson on a raid through Missouri, but Jimmy questions his commitment to the Cause when he discovers this madman plans to sacrifice a Union... read more

The River of Desperation (House Divided Book 2)

Sean McLachlan

In the waning days of the Civil War, a secret conflict still rages. . .Lieutenant Allen Addison of the USS Essex is looking forward to the South's defeat so he can build the life he's always wanted. Love and a promising business await him in St. Louis, but he is swept up in a primeval war between the forces of Order and Chaos, a struggle he doesn't understand and can barely believe in. Soon he... read more

In the waning days of the Civil War, a secret conflict still rages. . .Lieutenant Allen Addison of the USS Essex is looking forward to the South's defeat so he can build the life he's always wanted. Love and a promising business await him in St. Louis, but he is swept up in a primeval war between the forces of Order and Chaos, a struggle he doesn't understand and can barely believe in. Soon he... read more

The Rat Killer and other Weird War Tales

Sean McLachlan

A rat hunter on the Western Front suspects his prey are plotting against him…A routine trip through the trenches leads to an unexpected insight…A soldier discovers the most dangerous enemy can't be killed…A bereaved woman performs a forbidden ritual to avenge her father’s murder…A doomed militia is offered a path to victory that leads to damnation…Here are five tales of war from the pen of mil... read more

A rat hunter on the Western Front suspects his prey are plotting against him…A routine trip through the trenches leads to an unexpected insight…A soldier discovers the most dangerous enemy can't be killed…A bereaved woman performs a forbidden ritual to avenge her father’s murder…A doomed militia is offered a path to victory that leads to damnation…Here are five tales of war from the pen of mil... read more

Outlaw Tales of Missouri: True Stories of the Show Me State's Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats

Sean Mclachlan

True stories of the Show Me state’s most infamous crooks, culprits, and cutthroats.

True stories of the Show Me state’s most infamous crooks, culprits, and cutthroats.

It Happened in Missouri, 2nd (It Happened In Series)

Sean McLachlan

It Happened in Missouri takes readers on a rollicking, behind-the-scenes look at some of the characters and episodes from the Show Me State's storied past. Including both famous tales, and famous names--and little-known heroes, heroines, and happenings.

It Happened in Missouri takes readers on a rollicking, behind-the-scenes look at some of the characters and episodes from the Show Me State's storied past. Including both famous tales, and famous names--and little-known heroes, heroines, and happenings.

Tombstone: Wyatt Earp, the O.K. Corral, and the Vendetta Ride 1881–82 (Raid)

Sean McLachlan

The Gunfight at the OK Corral on 26 October 1881 is one of the most enduring stories of the Old West. It led to a series of violent incidents that culminated in the Vendetta Ride, in which Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and several other gunslingers went after their rivals the Cowboys. Like most tales of the Wild West, the facts are buried under layers of myth, and the line between good guys and ba... read more

The Gunfight at the OK Corral on 26 October 1881 is one of the most enduring stories of the Old West. It led to a series of violent incidents that culminated in the Vendetta Ride, in which Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and several other gunslingers went after their rivals the Cowboys. Like most tales of the Wild West, the facts are buried under layers of myth, and the line between good guys and ba... read more

The Quintessence of Absence

Sean McLachlan

Can a drug-addicted sorcerer sober up long enough to save a kidnapped girl and his own Duchy?In an alternate 18th century Germany where magic is real and paganism never died, Lothar is in the bonds of nepenthe, a powerful drug that gives him ecstatic visions. It has also taken his job, his friends, and his self-respect. Now his old employer has rehired Lothar to find the man's daughter, who is... read more

Can a drug-addicted sorcerer sober up long enough to save a kidnapped girl and his own Duchy?In an alternate 18th century Germany where magic is real and paganism never died, Lothar is in the bonds of nepenthe, a powerful drug that gives him ecstatic visions. It has also taken his job, his friends, and his self-respect. Now his old employer has rehired Lothar to find the man's daughter, who is... read more

The Last Ride of the James–Younger Gang: Jesse James and the Northfield Raid 1876

Sean McLachlan

It was the beginning of the end for the James gang. In the past ten years Frank and Jesse James had risen from unknown ex-Confederate guerrillas to become the most famous outlaws in the world. A string of daring robberies had brought them fame, admiration, hatred, and a surprisingly small amount of wealth. In 1876 they planned their most daring raid yet--to ride hundreds of miles from their ho... read more

It was the beginning of the end for the James gang. In the past ten years Frank and Jesse James had risen from unknown ex-Confederate guerrillas to become the most famous outlaws in the world. A string of daring robberies had brought them fame, admiration, hatred, and a surprisingly small amount of wealth. In 1876 they planned their most daring raid yet--to ride hundreds of miles from their ho... read more

The Night the Nazis came to Dinner, and other dark tales

Sean McLachlan

A spectral dinner party goes horribly wrong. . .An immortal warrior hopes a final battle will set him free. . .A big-game hunter preys on endangered species to supply an illicit restaurant. . .A new technology soothes First World guilt. . .Here are four dark tales that straddle the boundary between reality and speculation. You better hope they don’t come true.

A spectral dinner party goes horribly wrong. . .An immortal warrior hopes a final battle will set him free. . .A big-game hunter preys on endangered species to supply an illicit restaurant. . .A new technology soothes First World guilt. . .Here are four dark tales that straddle the boundary between reality and speculation. You better hope they don’t come true.

Ride Around Missouri: Shelby’s Great Raid 1863

Sean McLachlan

In July 1863, with the Confederacy still reeling from the defeats at Vicksburg and Gettysburg, Union forces pushed deep into Arkansas, capturing the capital of Little Rock. In response, Colonel Joseph O. Shelby launched a daring raid to disrupt the advance. Taking 600 men and a section of light artillery, he slipped behind enemy lines. Moving by night to confuse the enemy, Shelby captured a se... read more

In July 1863, with the Confederacy still reeling from the defeats at Vicksburg and Gettysburg, Union forces pushed deep into Arkansas, capturing the capital of Little Rock. In response, Colonel Joseph O. Shelby launched a daring raid to disrupt the advance. Taking 600 men and a section of light artillery, he slipped behind enemy lines. Moving by night to confuse the enemy, Shelby captured a se... read more

Armies of the Adowa Campaign 1896: The Italian Disaster in Ethiopia (Men-at-Arms)

Sean McLachlan

In the late 19th century, the new nation-state of Italy was eager to join her European neighbors in creating an international empire. Italy's eyes turned towards Africa as a source of potential colonies. Most of the continent had already been carved up between the Great Powers but Italy succeeded in securing a foothold in Eritrea on the Red Sea coast, a vassal of the Emperor of Ethiopia. Trade... read more

In the late 19th century, the new nation-state of Italy was eager to join her European neighbors in creating an international empire. Italy's eyes turned towards Africa as a source of potential colonies. Most of the continent had already been carved up between the Great Powers but Italy succeeded in securing a foothold in Eritrea on the Red Sea coast, a vassal of the Emperor of Ethiopia. Trade... read more

Medieval Handgonnes: The first black powder infantry weapons

Sean McLachlan

In the early 14th century, a new weapon entered the arsenals of European armies. This first generation of black powder weapons put fear into the heart of the enemy and in 1453 Ottoman cannon succeeded in pummelling the once-impregnable walls of Constantinople. But cannons, which are both slow and cumbersome, were difficult to use and often proved inaccurate. The first handgonnes were the answe... read more

In the early 14th century, a new weapon entered the arsenals of European armies. This first generation of black powder weapons put fear into the heart of the enemy and in 1453 Ottoman cannon succeeded in pummelling the once-impregnable walls of Constantinople. But cannons, which are both slow and cumbersome, were difficult to use and often proved inaccurate. The first handgonnes were the answe... read more

American Civil War Guerrilla Tactics (Elite)

Sean McLachlan

Osprey's examination of guerilla tactics employed during the American Civil War (1861-1865). While the giant armies of the Union and the Confederacy were fighting over cities and strategic strongholds, a large number of warriors from both sides were fighting, smaller, more personal battles. Beginning with the violent struggle known as "Bleeding Kansas," armed bands of irregular fighters began ... read more

Osprey's examination of guerilla tactics employed during the American Civil War (1861-1865). While the giant armies of the Union and the Confederacy were fighting over cities and strategic strongholds, a large number of warriors from both sides were fighting, smaller, more personal battles. Beginning with the violent struggle known as "Bleeding Kansas," armed bands of irregular fighters began ... read more

Byzantium: An Illustrated History

Sean McLachlan

Long after Rome fell to the Germanic tribes, its culture lived on in Constantinople, the glittering capital of the Byzantine Empire. For more than 1000 yeras (AD 330-1453) Byzantium was one of the most advanced and complex civilisations the world had ever seen. As the Mediterranean outlet for the silk route, its trade networks stretched from Scandinavia to Sri Lanka; its artists created sombre... read more

Long after Rome fell to the Germanic tribes, its culture lived on in Constantinople, the glittering capital of the Byzantine Empire. For more than 1000 yeras (AD 330-1453) Byzantium was one of the most advanced and complex civilisations the world had ever seen. As the Mediterranean outlet for the silk route, its trade networks stretched from Scandinavia to Sri Lanka; its artists created sombre... read more

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