Today we welcome Jeremy Mac.
Book ‘Em: Tell us about you and your life outside of writing.
Jeremy Mac: I’m a pretty laid back kind of guy, approachable, sociable, with not a judgmental bone in my body, and who I am today is pretty much who I was twenty years ago, except now I’m a little wiser minus a couple of bad habits. I’ve learned to live a much healthier lifestyle, that’s for sure. A little more than ten years ago I started working out, and it soon became a big part of my life. So much so that I became a personal trainer. Living healthier, feeling healthier, that’s where it’s at. Only thing is I wish I were able to leave the sweets alone. I love me some sweets. Mainly chocolate. If it’s a sweet with chocolate in it, I cannot say no. Ugh. I’m fairly active throughout the day. I garden and landscape during mornings, which I really enjoy because I’m an outdoors type of guy. The afternoons are when I do my personal training. I’m usually relaxing on the weekends, not doing much of anything.
Book ‘Em: Which books have you written? What are they about and why did you choose to write them? Do your books have a message? Are they fiction or nonfiction?
Jeremy Mac: Pleasure Spiked with Pain and Frozen Faces @ 4:20 are my first two books and both are loosely based off of my life from years ago. Warning: Lots of carnal delights and dark humor. Twisted City is my third book, a dystopian action thriller. And Liquid Love is a horror erotica novella. Honestly, I feel as if I don’t have a choice but to write the stories that I do. I’ll get an idea for a story, or maybe just for a character, and the next thing I know I’m laying down the words. I can’t say that my books have a message, because I don’t write with that in mind. But if anyone can grab a message from my work, well that’s an added bonus.
Book ‘Em: Do you have a work in progress?
Jeremy Mac: I have two books in final edits with their publishers. A supernatural erotica titled Shadowmancer, and a hardcore horror titled Embracing The Darkness. But as I await their final finish, I’m also working on Shadowmancer‘s sequel which I aim to finish by next spring.
Book ‘Em: What was the most difficult section/piece you ever wrote? What made it difficult?
Jeremy Mac: That would be Embracing The Darkness. Hardcore horror is one of many genres I enjoy reading, and as much as I enjoy the genre, I had never tried my hand at it. Mainly for fear of tapping into that hidden darkness inside my head and finding what was there. Scaredy cat! Yeah, I know. But the encouragement from friends egged me on so finally I dove right into it. Certain scenes were hard, I even made myself cringe, but I got through it and now I am super pleased with the outcome. I gotta tell ya, it’s pretty awesome, but, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s graphic.
Book ‘Em: What sort of research do you do for your work?
Jeremy Mac: I read a lot. Books, magazines, journals, and my literary tastes are across the board. And when I read something, no matter what it is, I’m not just reading it for entertainment’s sake, but I’m also reading it for writing inspiration and research for prospective work. If something particular perks my interest, I’ll look deeper into it, take note, and then work it into a story or maybe just a small scene inside a story.
Book ‘Em: Which books and authors do you read for pleasure? Is there an author that inspires you?
Jeremy Mac: So many authors over a wide range of genres. Daniel Woodrell, Hunter S. Thompson, Edward Lee, Jackie Collins, Cormac McCarthy, Elmore Leonard, Gregory Maguire, to name only a few. They’ve all inspired me in one way or another, whether it’s Woodrell’s southern struggles and lingo or Thompson’s raw humor or Lee’s horrific imagination or McCarthy’s bare bones vocabulary or Leonard’s fast pacing or Maguire’s beautifully woven worlds. I don’t just read them. I study them.
Book ‘Em: Was there a person who encouraged you to write?
Jeremy Mac: Growing up, I always entertained the thought of being a writer, and although I wrote little things here and there, a poem, a short story, and I would let the occasional curious person read them, I was never given encouragement to really pursue writing. But when I got older and my writing skills sharpened, and I started to work on my first book, I then received a good amount of encouragement.
Book ‘Em: What would you say are your strengths as an author?
Jeremy Mac: My vivid imagination and good vocabulary. And also my ability to come up with new ideas, or, put a fresh mean twist on an old one.
Book ‘Em: How often do you write, and do you write using a strict routine?
Jeremy Mac: I often hear about how other writers are able to lay down several thousand words a day and that blows me away. I’ve never been able to squeeze out more than a couple thousand words in one day, and even then, it’s rare. I’m way to busy during the day and into the evening to do any writing, so it’s late evening by the time I can write or read. But if I can put down a couple sentences and read a chapter or two, great, that’s better than nothing. I don’t have a strict routine, just give me a pen and some paper and somewhere to kick back and I’m good.
Book ‘Em: Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?
Jeremy Mac: My books on full display front and center of every national and international book store. That’s where.
Book ‘Em: If you could offer one piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?
Jeremy Mac: Rejection is going to happen, so do not let it get to you. Instead, learn from it. If you’re lucky, the publisher will provide their reason for rejection, but if they don’t, try asking them what their reason for rejection was. Take that and see what you can do to improve upon your story. Remember, just because you think that your story is written perfectly and is a great read, and it very well may be, doesn’t necessarily mean that it can’t be improved. Take advantage of others critique and opinions.
Book ‘Em: What would you consider the best compliment a reader could give your book?
Jeremy Mac: I could not put your book down! Or, I didn’t want it to end! Those two never fail to put a huge smile on my face.
Embracing The Darkness: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07858RG13/
Liquid Love: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZZQVG8P/
Twisted City: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K8HNCIM/
Pleasure Spiked With Pain: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E46LLW2/
Frozen Faces @ 4:20: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FDXQRFQ/
Jeremy Mac is a multi-genre fiction author with three novels, three novellas, and several short stories and poems to his list of writing credits. His short stories and poems have been published in Horrified Press’s X4 anthology, Devolution Z, Down in the Dirt, Conceit, Ascent Aspirations, The Ultimate Writer, Spontaneous Spirits, The Bracelet Charm, The Enchanted File Cabinet, Transcendent Visions, Struggle, Dead Snakes, Written Rock, and Leaves Of The Poet Tree: Volume 2. An avid lover of sand and sun, Mac has frolicked throughout the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, but he currently writes from Arkansas. To learn more about Jeremy Mac, visit his Facebook page @:facebook.com/jeremymac.author
Amazon Author Link: https://www.amazon.com/Jeremy-Mac/e/B06XZWRZF6/