Thomas Mackay King

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: April 24, 2012

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Current Release: Twelve For 12

Describe your current release in two sentences?

A collection of twelve short stories for 2012, a little dark and depressing as there is murder,suicide, child abduction; maybe not pleasant but such is life for many in 2012 in the four corners of the world.

Please describe your writing environment.

Fortunately I have a dedicated room in which to write, I look out over mature trees that go all the way to the horizon, they can be a distraction as they are so full of life, birds and squirrels. On my desk I have a Kindle Fire an iPad and two notebooks but crucially there has to be hot coffee or nothing seems to happen!

What are you working on?

I am well into a crime novel which is based in Edinburgh Scotland but takes the main character to Asia in search of clues but he finds....well it will be out by June I hope.

What is your favorite TV show?

I love everything but am mostly sucked into documentaries that teach me something be it historical, biographical or nature; however if I had a gun at my temple I would have to say that the very early first series of NYPD Blue still sticks in my mind. All the characters were well defined but Dennis Franz was immense, however because he is not blonde and trim he doesn't get the credit

Where do you want to travel?

I am very lucky to have traveled extensively which I would recommend to everybody. However Mount Everest and the South Pole are probably the two places that burn deepest in my to see aspirations.

How was your road to publication? Have you every had to deal with rejection letters?

Yes of course, every writer or aspiring author has to calibrate their style and hone their craft. There are some wonderful rejection letters around which were sent to now world famous authors. I am currently re reading George Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984 both of which were rejected by agents and both books are still selling well some 60 years later.

Do you have a favorite time of the day? If so when and why

Dawn, there is nothing like it, a new day brings hope and if you can be on a beach, out walking, or just having a coffee gazing into the breaking light, being the first to greet the day is just the best time for me.

What has been the best way for you to engage readers?

All of the above, these days you have to utilize every medium to reach out.

What is the best thing about being an author?

The freedom to go wherever your mind takes you. Also the flexibility of the craft, there are not many professions that you can do at any time of day, in any place in the world.

If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?

I would be happy to live in any book or short story written by Roald Dahl but also I just read The Art Of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein and the world he created through 'Enzo's" eyes had me crying my eyes out.

If you think you would like to write then write, write, write; there is nothing more stimulating or therapeutic than writing, unless of course it is reading.