Please tell us a little bit about your most recent work.
I have two books currently in the works. Shadowmancer, a supernatural erotica, and Embracing The Darkness, a hardcore horror. Shadowmancer is about a young man whose shadow has a life of its own, a very carnal and salacious shadow who draws its strength through a sex-like cannibalism. There will be two versions released, an abridged and an unabridged. Reason being for these two versions is due to content. The abridged will be released in both paperback and eBook through mass distributors, while the unabridged will be released in eBook format only through two of the publishers websites. We (the publisher and I) are finishing up its last edit and I'm really excited about it receiving a release date soon. The second book, Embracing The Darkness, was something I was hesitant about writing at first being that I was afraid to let loose that morbidly twisted horror story hidden within me because, "Oh shit...what will people think?!" But the encouragement from friends and fellow writers urged me to do so. And now I'm extremely happy that I did, because, after all, it's a really awesome story. Not to toot my own horn. It just went into its first edit with the publisher so I'm not expecting for it to be released until sometime next year.
What draws you to writing novels?
What draws me to writing novels? When I'm struck with an idea, which could be sparked by any number of things throughout daily life, maybe something I read or something I heard or something I saw on TV or, even better, something I dreamt, my mind will naturally enter a world of my own imagining, creating characters and atmosphere and plot and before I know it I've got a pen in my hand flying across paper. And yes, I write with pen and paper, and then I have someone type it all.
Are you currently working on any side projects such as short stories, essays, etc.
Although I've had several short stories and poems published, a few of which have been or are due to be published this year, and I do enjoy writing them and usually have one or two in the works at any given time, I don't at the moment. However, I am working on a sequel to Shadowmancer, and with the expectation of Shadowmancer receiving a release date soon, my aim is to have its sequel in the publishers hands by early next year.
Which topics interest you the most and why?
Topics of interest? Family, religion, women, drugs. Each of these have had a profound effect on me at some point in my life. My grandparents are my family, they're my rock, they've always been there for me, from my best to my darkest they've never wavered, and without them, well, who knows what would have become of me? So when it comes to family, I'm all about it. I am not religious but religion of all kinds has always intrigued me, and I've always taken at least a little something from each that I've read or studied. And who doesn't love women?! I grew up around a lot of women, a lot of personalities, a lot of unwavering strength. Women are integral to my stories, and anyone familiar with my work will recognize it. Drugs had their claws in me good when I was younger. I go into it at length in my first two books, both loosely based off of my life, Pleasure Spiked With Pain and Frozen Faces @ 4:20. Now that I've been drug free for years now I do what I can to help others overcome their own addictions.
Do you have any unique writing rituals?
I can't say that I have any unique writing rituals. Unless you count getting a warm satisfaction from slapping the back of the head of something named "Fuzzy" before sitting down to write. Kidding. (But not really kidding.) Sorry, inside joke. Yeah I hate inside jokes too.
One novelist more people should know: Who is it?
Gregory Maguire is one novelist more people should know for the simple fact that he is an extraordinary writer. His ability to take old stories and fairy tales and make them his own is phenomenal. So when you read him don't expect to enter the world of Oz and Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty you knew as a child. Mr. Maguire"s worlds are far more fantastical and beautiful. Hell, I've read Wicked twice!
Do you find it difficult to get your work out there?
Like most aspiring writers I received a lot of rejection early on, and if you don't have a thick skin and heed to constructive criticism and push onward, then the publishing world will likely kill your passion for writing. And even when you do get published, whether its traditionally or indie, which I'm both, you've got to promote yourself and your work to the fullest. You've got to remember that there are thousands of other hungry writers our there who are all vying for the same thing. You can take a mediocre to a very poorly written book and promote the hell out of it and you'll find that it'll do well, but you can take a great book and not do much to promote it and it will tank. People can't purchase and read a book they know nothing about. It is hard to get your work out there, but you've got to stay on the grind, work for it, work hard, push through and eventually it'll happen for you.
Tell us about your day job or your daily activities.
I stay active every day. I'm a gardener throughout the morning, which is great because I work mostly outside and I do love the outdoors. In the afternoon I'm a personal trainer, and depending on the current mood and weather we might take the workout session outdoors. And in the evening I enter writer mode. My weekends vary, but more often than not I'm kicked back and relaxed on Saturday and Sunday.
When it comes to your work, where do you find your inspiration?
When I first started to allow people to read my work, long before I ever thought about working toward getting published, their positive reactions encouraged me to keep it up and keep sharing my stories. Nothing much has changed since then. So it is my readers, for the most part, who inspire me to keep writing.
What would you like to tell your readers.
And to my readers--- THANK YOU!
Jeremy Mac is a multi-genre fiction author with three novels, one novella, 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, and Dead Snakes. 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
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