Interview with Thomas McGann

When did you first start writing?
My first attempt at writing was a disaster. I wanted to write something so significant that I could barely begin to write.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a Long Islander, born and bred, but I've done my share of travelling. Exposure to varying cultures is important in opening our eyes to see things in different perspectives. Travelling makes one humble.
What is your writing process?
Inspiration comes in many disguises, a dream, a word, the soft caress of a man's hand across a woman's neck. I never know when the muse will visit, but she is always welcome.
Describe your desk
I write every day, even if its just a memory jog. I have a separate room, with a desk cluttered with papers full of pencil-scribbled notes, my laptop, and a bright desk lamp. Whatever I do not write on the laptop, I write on paper scraps of all sizes - usually white 81/2 x 11- using a Pentax mechanical pencil.
What do you read for pleasure?
I always knew that I had to write. It's in my DNA.
I read St. Exupery's "The Little Prince" and was so impressed by the work that I decided that it would be worth my time to write a book in that genre. And it did take some time to do so.
Who are your favorite authors?
Asking who are your favorite authors is like asking which of your children is your favorite. It is an impossible question to answer. There are so many different types of books and authors the choice becomes mind-boggling. Works that have stayed with me over the years are just about anything by Shakespeare (sorry to be so trite, but it's true), Dostoevsky, Victor Hugo, Lewis Carroll, Frank Herbert, and on and on.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I decided to self-publish when I started reading about musicians taking charge of their own work. It freed them from the dictatorial views of non-artists.
How do you approach cover design?
Actually, I knew what I wanted my cover to look like because of the story I was telling. A boy is reading my book and from the book the story comes to life. Consequently, I told the artist who did my cover that I wanted the picture to be looking over the boy's left shoulder as he is reading the book. Twin dragon heads (they are both attached to one of the major characters in the book) erupt from the pages of the book. The artist took my idea and did a great job. I could not be more pleased.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle. It's a great tool for reading whatever fancies you at the moment. My Kindle contains everything from the complete works of Shakespeare to Grimm's fairy tales to The Hunger Games to Middlemarch. You can carry the Library of Congress with you in one small device.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is the joy. Writing fills me with a sense of purpose fulfilled.
Published 2015-02-09.
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Books by This Author

The Riddle of Riddles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,590. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Riddle of Riddles is a YA fantasy about the search for the answer to the riddle, “When is the riddle the answer?” Solving the riddle is the task of a boy, Will, who looks for the answer in this book where his search begins. Powerful forces are allied against Will to defeat him. The Riddle of Riddles is a riddle about a riddle containing riddles, puzzles, and games, Help Will solve the riddle.