Interview with Ski MacTaggart

What are you working on next?
A Christmas story that won't be ready until next year. I have some ideas for older kids stories as well.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Taking care of my kids
How do you approach cover design?
I try to think of something that catches the eye first, something colorful. Then mold it to the audience I'm trying to reach.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything by Vince Flynn, Harry Potter and children's books
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Iowa. I had a great education from K-12th grade.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I lay awake before falling asleep and think about what would make a great story. I came up with the idea for Tenacious Tree during one of those sessions. My wife went on a trip for four days and I just sat down and wrote it. I went through several revisions and started the illustrations. I really liked doing this book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Not to sound self-centered, but I motivated myself. I wrote Echo's Return and submitted it to all the publishing companies that would accept unsolicited manuscripts. Of course, I was declined by all of them. Thats when I found Smashwords. I really love Echo's Return. I think it is a great story and I wanted to share it with everybody.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Of course. My books wouldn't be out there if not for Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I get feedback that a child read it or had it read to them and they like it.
What is your writing process?
Scenarios form in my head. If I think it would make a good story I work with it on paper. I usually write the story and get it close to a final draft before I start the illustrations.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Everything by Vince Flynn. He was a great writer and Mitch Rapp is a superb character. Im a political junkie so Mr. Flynn is right up my alley.
Published 2014-05-03.
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Books by This Author

The Santa Job
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 220. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
There is an application and interview process to become Santa. Will Carl pass these tests and bring color back into his life?
Brown Bear, White Hare
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 190. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Hare and Bear are friends. Their friendship changes because of color.
Tenacious Tree
Price: Free! Words: 190. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying
Follow the journey of a seed as it finds a new home, deals with bullies and grows to a tree.
Echo's Return
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,430. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Echo, a young elephant, leads a group of friends across the northern Serengeti to their home. The group must avoid the many dangers of the African plain and escape the haunted oasis. Along the way Echo discovers that she just might have what it takes to become the future matriarch of her herd.