Interview with John McCracken

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working on projects around the house. I'm retired and have a retirement job driving cab. It gives me the chance to meet people and learn new things and, of course, plenty of time to read and learn and write.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love the thought of the daily challenges of life. There will be things to do, things to learn, mistakes to learn from. I just want to get moving and start another day.
Who are your favorite authors?
I've read so many books and enjoyed them that it's hard to come up with favorites. Rawlings, the author of Harry Potter immediately comes to mind. The rest, there's just so many I can't come up with a list. And the reading list is eclectic, history, science fiction, fantasy fiction, historical fiction, biographies, science.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly I read printed books. I'm just starting lo learn about ebooks. It sounds like a great way to read and publish.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. I was a silly science fiction tale back in 7th grade.
What is your writing process?
I come up with an idea. Think through the plot. What's the eventual point of the story and how do I introduce the characters and the plot line. Then I start writing and rewriting till have a story I'm happy with.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first real story I ever read was a fiction book based on historical facts related to the American Revolution. Can't remember the name of it. But I loved the action and history.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to let people see the idea.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I love all the Harry Potter books. The writing sucks me into the alternate world and feel a part of it.
What do you read for pleasure?
History and fantasy fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My computer.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Just starting out. So no real idea just yet.
Describe your desk
A mess.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In a small community near forests and farm lands. I loved walking in the woods and marshes before development destroyed them. The trees and trails inspired the imagination.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In a small community near forests and farm lands. I loved walking in the woods and marshes before development destroyed them. The trees and trails inspired the imagination.
When did you first start writing?
About 32 years ago. I was a form of pleasure more than a career.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's the story of a small goose who leaves his family to seek adventure in the marsh. I meets other birds in the marsh and learns about them. He wants the independence to investigate the marsh on his own. He ignores warnings about the dangers a small bird alone faces. Eventually, he learns all the other birds were right.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Commercial publishing only have so many slots for books. If you aren't an established author, it's very difficult to break into the publishing houses. This seems like a way to start out as an author. A few years ago I had one publisher tell me he'd like to publish these books in ebook format, but he wasn't set up to do it just yet.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Starting out. Expect great things.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The process. Sitting and traveling into another world in my mind. A world I can control and seek adventure in.
What do your fans mean to you?
It means people are happy.
What are you working on next?
I am getting ready to publish four of the Wetland Adventure books. Each book will look at animals in the marsh, more birds, mammals and reptiles and amphibians. These are illustrated children's books.
What do you hope to accomplish?
To illustrate how the birds and animals in the ecological system of the wetlands are interconnected. I give the birds humorous personalities to entertain children as they learn. These books will stir interest in wildlife and their wellbeing.
Why is that important?
The wetlands filter and clean water and support life on our planet. We need to generate interest in them so our planet, our environment can remain healthy and vibrant. The Children will make the decisions on the health of our planet at some point.
Published 2017-01-01.
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Books by This Author

Gregory's Marsh Adventure
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 1,030. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
What if birds in a marsh could talk to your child? They have behaviors that suggest personalities. Now throw an adventurous little, yellow, water bird, separated from his family into the mix. His name is Gregory. He’s inquisitive and social to the point of being a pest. In this illustrated children’s book, your child travels through the march with Gregory. He wants to know everything. Wha