Interview with Michael MacLeod

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the gold mining town of Benoni, in South Africa. The mine, Kleinfontein, was one of seven of the richest gold mines in the world at the time and boasts the record for the highest man made mine dump in the world. While no longer active, Benoni has produced other gems, notably Charlize Theron, Oscar winner, and Charlene Wittstock, Princess of Monaco. There is a lot of history in Benoni and surrounds and this has led me to include bits of history in my novels.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The main theme of Ride The Restless Wind, is the law of universal attraction, or you attract what you think. This governs our lives and determines who we are, whether we are going to be happy or sad, rich or poor. It is really all about being positive and pure of thought.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a short story called 'The Man Who Saw No Reason' and was really about a low point in my life.
What are you working on next?
There is a legend here in South Africa about the 'Lost Kruger Millions' and as a young boy I was always fascinated by this story. Unfortunately there were no books on the subject and I always wished that I could write a story about finding this treasure. Then one day while nearing the completion of Ride The Restless Wind, I had the idea of branching off to another book leading to the search for the treasure.
Who are your favorite authors?
My current favourite authors are Andy McNab, Chris Ryan and Nelson de Mille. Having been an infantry soldier and having been involved in a war, I felt that these authors really new how to make one feel as if you were right there with them in the thick of things and they have influenced me a lot.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to design things, whether it's electronics, aeroplanes or woodwork, so you'll probably find me working in the workshop or designing on my laptop.
What do you read for pleasure?
That depends on the mood I'm in and can vary from some technical book to maybe non-fiction-usually about sportsmen or military stories. Otherwise I read mainly action adventure stories.
Published 2015-03-05.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

The Ultimate Loudspeaker Design
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, and technology » Acoustics & Sound
A loudspeaker that stands head and shoulders above all others. A folded Voigt Tapered Quarter Wave Pipe with the 'trickest' crossover giving clarity never before heard with a sound stage that is alive and wider than the speakers themselves. Hear the brilliant midrange that makes instruments like the piano come alive or the sound of the strings being strummed on a classical guitar. Just imagine...
Dead Men's Gold - The Lost Kruger Millions
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,910. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
This is the sequel to 'Ride The Restless Wind'. Mac and Jock are charter pilots. After a close call on one of their trips up to the Democratic Republic of Congo, which Jock likened to riding a restless wind, they decide to retire, as they have had enough excitement and adventure to last them a lifetime. However, things turn out differently as life throws a few curve balls at them.
Crossovers - with free spreadsheet and workbook.
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 15,480. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, and technology » Acoustics & Sound
A practical guide to loudspeaker crossover networks. New to loudspeaker crossover design, then this book is for you? Learn about designing and building crossovers. Maybe you just want to learn about crossovers or maybe tweak your existing loudspeakers, then this book is for you.
Ride The Restless Wind
Price: Free! Words: 58,550. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: March 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
The time now. The place Africa. The world has become a tough place to live and survival is a priority; is there still a place for romance. Two friends, Mac and Jock, operate in the tough world of flying cargo in Africa and yearn to settle down and find happiness.