Ian J. Malone

Biography

As a graduate of Florida State University, I’ve written in a number of arenas over the years ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to my fictional work, however, I’m a firm believer that nothing shapes an author’s writing like experience which is why I credit my tenures in radio, law enforcement, sports management, and the military for much of my thematic inspiration (plus the legion of friends and family who stood with me through all of it).

Beyond writing, I’m an avid fan of audiobooks and athletics, though it’s also not uncommon to find me at a concert (LOVE music!), a movie, or somewhere outdoors.

A native of Florida, I currently reside in Raleigh, North Carolina with my wife (“Smalls”), our superhero-in-training (“the X-man”), and our family’s Boston Terrier (the “legendary” Denny Crane).

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in North Florida, predominately in Tallahassee where I attended high school and college/grad school at Florida State. As for how that impacted my writing, I'd have credit my time at the latter (FSU) for that. I had (and still have) some wonderful friends from that time of my life, and in a lot of ways our relationships over the years have very much mirrored those of Lee Summerston and his friends. Thus, from a character building standpoint, that gave me a lot to work with.
When did you first start writing?
I started dabbling in short stories when I was a kid in middle school, but that eventually gave way to sports-writing later on when I elected to pursue a career in broadcasting. Years and years later when the economy tanked, I found myself unemployed like a lot of people and it was then when, teetering on insanity, I returned to fiction. I was desperately in need of a project at that time (something aside from resume writing that I could blast into creatively), and that was really how "Mako" was born. From there, I fell in love with writing all over again and I've been moonlighting as a novelist ever since.
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Books

Mako (The Mako Saga: Book 1)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 158,470. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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A down-and-out history prof leads a team of old friends to virtual glory as the first-ever group to beat Mako Assault, a revolutionary new game that has taken the online world by storm. As a reward for their achievement and under the guise of publicity, the group is flown to meet the game’s mysterious designer, only to learn that Mako’s intent was never to entertain its players… but to train them.