Interview with David J. Mackey

How do you approach cover design?
I have always been an artist and a photographer. As such I have worked as a graphic designer and also as a commercial photographer in various situations during my life. I have a huge inventory of my own photos which give me ample image options to select from. Cover designing is a fun process for me that unfolds as I strive to create a combination of mood suggestion, title, author and other text, in an attention grabbing combination that has to compete with the numerous other covers all reaching out to be seem.
When did you first start writing?
I began keeping journals in my early twenties. As I have reviewed back through five decades of journals I found a thread that kept repeating - someday I want to be a writer. Only recently have I realized that wow, I have always been a writer. I simply have always had a day-job as well. I have now given myself permission to claim writing. This first eBook, Ponder this . . ., has been part of that new way of thinking about avocation.
What's the story behind your first published eBook book?
Ponder this... eBook is a collection or a mix of reflections about life situations, both questions and ponderings about possible answers. There are many thoughts that I feel merit sharing - some for entertainment, others for inspiration. The photographs in the book are intended to help set the moods for the respective poems or stories. I believe that most readers will find pieces in this book that will perhaps inspire their own thinking. In short - the book is saying "hear me" to the reader. "I have something important to say."
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made the process easy with the generous format tools, design guides, marketing guides, and the publish process at the end. Ponder this . . . was my first eBook to be published. The Smashwords dashboard will be a key resource for me during the months and years ahead.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing gives me clarity of my own thoughts, and then helps me assemble words into intelligible story for sharing with others. Writing is taking opportunity to be heard.
What do your fans mean to you?
Time will tell. I am sorry to say that most readers offer no feedback. I will always be seeking validation as a thinker and as a writer.
What is your writing process?
Taking an inspired thought in a quiet and stress-less environment with a tablet or writing pad, a comfortable chair and a cat on my lap. Did I mention that later in the afternoon, a glass of red wine is nice? Given opportunity - the words flow by themselves. My role is to get them on paper before they are gone. Once thought, the words are hard to access again. I keep note pads and pencils everywhere to grab the nuggets as they flow through my mind. I have enough story-seeds in my writing files for decades of writing, well beyond my remaining time and energies in this incarnation.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wallace Stegner, Patrick O'Brian, Anne Proulx, May Sarton, Annie Dillard, Deepak Chopra, Joseph Campbell, and numerous others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
This is an easy question. Life. Experiencing another day of living. I appreciate my good fortune of being in a safe, relatively stress-free environment - I do not want to miss a moment of it. As seniors we become more aware of the ticking of the clock.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When not writing I am often working with my photographic images while my head churns with the thoughts, memories or potential stories that any image might suggest to me. I am priviledged to live with my wife on a peaceful forested island in Puget Sound. On my deck I am embraced by the evergreen forest, bald eagles and gulls singing out and usually a soft breeze in the tall tree tops overhead. Images and inspiration surround us.
Do you remember the first books you ever read, and the impact they had on you?
The first books that had an influence in my early years were the series of Tom Swift books. Tom was a boy scientist which encouraged my own boy-inventor-tinkerer activities in everything electronic, mechanical, and structural. As a kid I built crystal radios, small boats, fixed small gasoline engines, built and launched small solid fuel rockets, and of course the usual tree houses that boys seemed to build.
What do you read for pleasure?
My reading now is often about history, nature, paranormal studies, UFO investigations, writing, geography, sound and color characteristics and health matters.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My tablet.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Reflections is a small collection of my photos, musings, poems and short essays that help me share some of the experiences of my life journey. I realize that there is such a tiny fragment of our lives that actually get known by family members and friends. The other 99% of our experiences are lost forever when one dies. In this small eBook I am able to share some of my legacy to others now and also when I am gone. The video stops when the lid closes.
Describe your writing place
I write in two different settings - one is a comfortable chair in a quiet spot with my tablet in my lap. The other is my desk, the real work horse with computers, printer, typical desk tools and supplies, file cabinets, a few plants and a good music source. Did I mention a dictionary and book shelves throughout the home.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a rural area on the northern edge of the Adirondack State Park in New York State. From our home on the edge of the Racquette River I was treated to the songs of loons, owls and all of the numerous songs of forest creatures. I have always considered myself a naturalist artist and poet seeded by my childhood environment.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always been a writer without exposure. Now in my later years I am committed to sharing and being read. While paper book publishing seemed to be costly with limited chances for actual success, my offering these free eBooks has been a good fit.
What are you working on next?
Having just published Reflections July 1, 2017, I will now simply work on new poetry and short story material. In the months ahead the next project will present itself.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story is unknown. I have kept journals since youth. Most of them I still have today. I will be long gone before I ever run out of material to inspire more writing ahead.
Published 2017-07-02.
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Books by This Author

It's All Rough Draft Until You Die
Price: Free! Words: 22,790. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2018. Categories: Essay » Sociology
This is a collection of an old man’s journal writings, short essays and poetry about his aging experiences. He shares his candid thoughts about segments of his life and his aging that may stir your own thoughts and memories and inspire you to begin your own journals for those who follow you as time slides past. Feel joy with him. Love with him. Cry with him. Be with him and his gifts of words.
Reflections - Do you see what you think you see?
Price: Free! Words: 10,440. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Amateur naturalist, Essay » Author profile
Reflections is a collection of photographs and writings by the author from his journeys in the northeast and northwest over several decades of his life. The author's visual and informational elements address artistic aspects, poetic inspirations and occasionally the characteristics of reflective light itself.
The Sixth Vortex - A New Vortex Discovery In Sedona
Price: Free! Words: 10,840. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
A new vortex energy field site is discovered by a hiker near Sedona. While keeping the location secret, he and a friend craft a book to introduce this new site. Sedona claims to have five existing vortex that are known by the subtle energy healers and are marketed worldwide. This new site will have significant impact on the real estate and tourism markets in the area.
Ponder This . . . Short Reflections On Life
Price: Free! Words: 20,770. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Ponder this . . . a collection of reflections shared by the writer of his life story which has often been shaped by innocence, tears, extreme joys, awe, growth, tutoring, awkward stumbles and often, compassion. Come on the journey and share these tiny segments of this grand adventure. The words come from deep places - often poorly remembered, perhaps even wishfully remembered, but no less genuine.