Hawk MacKinney Interview


Does this book have a special meaning to you? i.e. where you found the idea, its symbolism, its meaning, who you dedicated it to, what made you want to write it?
A Rocky Mountain ski vacation in Aspen, CO, came with the full-blown documented killing of a wild-living hard-partying Olympic skier plus a wad of other underhanded goings-on for which no one went to jail. Skin and money and payoffs, and all the inspirations of the slugs of humanity fell in my lap and onto my keyboard. A writer would’ve had to be in a coma not to grab the fallout and make sure there was an extra printer cartridge handy. It was made for the telling.

Where do you get your storylines from?
From experience and the cultivated habit of staying in the RECORD mode no matter the setting/location/surroundings. By becoming the audience, I let the crowds play the storyline…and watch. Bend the facts, motivations…the trivial and the profound have tales to tell, often in the same character. Readers will always identify with something.

Was this book easier or more difficult to write than others?  Why?
The core plot stared raw and exposed, laid out for all to see with the avaricious media throwing out blood clots and big pieces every day my skis were enjoying the champagne powder that covers the Rockies. I added a few throwaway complications, a love angle, and used the unexpected to trip up heroes and villains. Ain’t it fun!

Do you only write one genre?
No. Mono-genre limits one’s interests. Permanently closes the pages before the prologue is finished…way too stilted. Readers won’t have it. Genre is for shelves and bookstores. A tale told is going to have a genre-smear…romance, action, mystery, sci-fi daydreaming, thriller, horror…all the stuff that lurks within the crevices of our minds.

Give us a picture of where you write, where you compose these words…is it Starbucks, a den, a garden…we want to know your inner sanctum.
Dreadfully dull answer that fits the definition of a writer…alone in a quiet room full of paper…phone on silence…oblivious to reality…music OFF…engrossed in world of tales and fantasies…solitude RULES…except between my ears.

And finally, of course…was there any specific event or circumstance that made you want to be a writer?
Yes, my mother and gran’ma spinning awesome endless tales on the porch after supper – both of them teachers.

Hawk MacKinney

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