Interview with John MacDonald

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing is just something I really enjoy doing. Moonlight Montecristo is my first fictional book. I’ve been writing articles on business or politics for some time now and writing fiction just really grabbed me. The story of Moonlight Montecristo is something that ran through my mind for years and I just had to put it on paper. Although I am not much of a conspiracy theorist, something about the JFK Assassination and blending it with something current really appealed to me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is listening to what other people think after they’ve read what I wrote. Writing makes me feel a sense of accomplishment and as though I’m leaving something for people to discuss. I’m not afraid to stir thought or discussion. I’m not compelled to be right on issues I just enjoy causing people to think.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the sequel of Moonlight Montecristo.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like Dan Brown, David McCullough, James Bradley, Doris Kearns Goodwin... just to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family and friends. I enjoy seeing how I can help my family and friends accomplish their goals.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working! I own my own consulting company and if I'm not working or writing... I'm probably camping or reading. Other than that I love following politics and talking about politics. I have two radio shows that cover local, state and federal politics.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first book I ever read, but I remember ones that made an impact of me from the perspective of writing. "Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls made an impact on me, along with "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck. Something about the human condition in these books made them memorable.
What do you read for pleasure?
The news, biographies and on occasion... thrillers.
Describe your desk
A cluttered, organized mess. Scraps of paper with notes, business cards and junk that I can't seem to part with.
Published 2014-09-02.
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Books by This Author

Moonlight Montecristo
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,190. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Funny thing about lies and secrets. Lies always come back to haunt you. Sometimes secrets can kill. No matter how long ago they were told or how recent, they never go away and they must always be confronted. Sometimes lies can take you on a journey. Entrenched in everyone’s lies but his own, a high school history teacher named Jack Bennett finds himself helping everyone deal with their demons...