Interview with DC Mahoney

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of the actual writing process is watching as the protagonists begin to take shape and develop a personality. The same is true of supporting characters as well as the villains. Since I do not formulate characters ahead of the book, I find that each character is enabled to become the force within the novel they are destined to become.
The ultimate joy of writing is hearing from actual readers who enjoyed and appreciate the creation.
What do your fans mean to you?
Writing is a very personal adventure for me - it always has been. I become a wordsmith at the keyboard and the satisfaction of a works's completion is amazing.
Nevertheless, the ultimate high of writing is a "fans" enjoyment. The "fan" as you call them and the "reader" as I call them are the reason why works are created and I have a great deal of respect for the readers of my works irrespective of whether they enjoyed the writings or not. That said, I like to hear the reasons why they did not like the work because if it something that I can improve the next time out, then I shall do so. The "reader" is the ultimate and the best critic.
What are you working on next?
I am actually working on three pieces at the moment. After I completed Ageless Spy I began working on a period piece featuring a fictitious Samurai warrior. At about the same time I accepted a commission to create a novel about a real airman during the Second World War , which clearly is a historical novel. I am also penning a Literary Romance.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My cat needing to be fed - but I have always been an early riser and usually begin writing at 5:00 in the morning and shut the computer down at 11:00 at night. I love getting up and seeing what the day holds.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
As the primary caregiver to an ailing wife, writing and her needs seem to take up the better part of my day.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search the book stores until I find something that tweaks my interest. I also try to read a different genre title each month so I get a broader understanding and respect for those types of fiction
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do indeed. I wrote it fifty years ago as a grade 12 English assignment. It was a story that involved a young boy who found a rusted metal shield from the Middle Ages and suddenly, the shield transported him to the heart of battle in the Crusades. The work earned me a 100% and the teacher encouraged me to study writing and English at university because he saw a talent.
What is your writing process?
I am not terribly sophisticated. Although I write down the names of my characters to keep them straight, as well as location details, everything else is written on the fly. I do not lay out plot lines and I do not predetermine what each charater will do. When I begin writing I try to let the story carry the characters along and develop in a more casual manner. Personally, I find that the result is a smoothly flowing work that does not jolt the reader.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading from cover to cover was Moby Dick. The story enthralled me and even at the young age I marveled at how the writer created such magnificent visual detail.
How do you approach cover design?
I leave it to the pros
Describe your desk
That is an odd question. It is a full sized desk with a computer riser and hutch. I work on a tower rather than a laptop and apart from a notebook I use for detail I try to keep it uncluttered although there are times it gets away from me.
Is there a review that makes your efforts worthwhile?
Absolutely! Ageless Spy was reviewed by Dee Ferris, a woman whom I have not met and do not know and she wrote the following review at Amazon.com.

"Review of Ageless Spy by D. C. Mahoney:

Ageless Spy by D. C. Mahoney is a wonderfully well-written historical fiction novel set in the World War II time period. This book has something for everyone - adventure, suspense and romance. The author either draws on personal experience or did his research well, because his writing makes every situation so real to the reader.

The main character, Carl Coles, is a British seaman who joins the Navy. He is sent to war, having just met the love of his life, a Canadian girl named Maureen. His strong sense of duty and drive require him to leave her behind. Maureen is just as smitten with him, and proclaims she will wait for him. The story unfolds through his many journeys and expeditions. His experiences, hardships and successes are detailed expertly through the author's writing, which draws you in so completely, invoking your emotions. I felt that I was standing in his parents' house and felt the sadness when Carl's parents were incorrectly told that he had perished at sea. I was angered at the adjutant who betrayed his fellow soldiers. Carl's career continues to advance and he is continuously presented with choices between his career/duty and his personal life, but still manages to balance it all. As written by the author, "These two people... have spent more than a lifetime together and have endured more than most."

I had a hard time putting it down, though my daily duties required me to do so. Even if you do not normally care for historical or wartime novels, I urge you to give this book a chance. It is certain to be one of the great books of our time.

Dee Ferris"

It is gratifying that Ms Ferris feels so strongly about my work.
What do you think is the nicest review of Ageless Spy?
A publisher who reviews work through Self-Publishers Showcase http://selfpublishersshowcase.com/reviews/ (Steve) by name gave Ageless Spy FIVE-stars and said of the work:

"In 1939 Carl Coles, a mid twenties merchant seaman, happens across a young waitress in Nova Scotia whilst he docked and so begins a love story that will last into eternity whilst being tested by Nazi Germany, The Soviet Union, and an Intelligence community that puts one man’s loyalties to the true test. Coles joins up with the Royal Navy at the outbreak of war and shows an aptitude for leadership and espionage. As he grows so does his position within the British Services. Colonel of a secret army on black ops, agent for a fledging MI6 and, finally, father of two daughters, one of whom rises to the head of MI5 herself.

Where do I start with this book? Let’s start at the back with the author page explaining who DC Mahoney is. Mahoney states that this is his first novel. It really can’t be! It is written with all the gloss and finesse of a writer more accomplished than the amateur status that ‘First Novel’ gives you. This is historical fiction at its best, written as if the author himself had lived the story, but it spans a sixty year period of history with effortless aplomb. From the outbreak and subsequent adventures during World War II, the relative infancy of the Secret Intelligence Service that would become MI6, espionage with no technology, the training and creation of the CIA, and the Canadian equivalent, are all included to give even the most avid spy thriller fan something to get their teeth into.

The landscapes of Canada and the war torn descriptions of Dover, the way people just got on with their lives, and the feel Mahoney gives you about war are reminiscent of the stories I grew up listening to at the knee of my Grandfather, the action is exciting and edge of seats stuff yet wholly believable, but it is the characters Mahoney has created that really show this novel off as something more than a war book. I found myself rooting for Carl Coles throughout the book. I cried with him, I laughed with him, I fell in love with him. Maureen, the love of his life, and her commitment to the man she had never even been on a proper date with was romance at its best, and again supported memories of my Grandparents in my mind.

The entire sixty year adventure is worth a read on its own, but with the human elements that DC Mahoney has added to Ageless Spy, this really is a book that I doubt will ever be beaten in its genre."

This is the type of review that warms a writer's heart.
Published 2015-01-07.
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Books by This Author

Ageless Spy
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 113,050. Language: British English. Published: June 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
In 1939 Carl Coles, a merchant seaman just out of his teens, docks on the shores of Nova Scotia where he happens upon a young waitress. So begins a love story that will last into an eternity but not before both Coles and that love are tested by Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and his own intelligence community.