JP Mac

Biography

An Emmy Award-winning TV animation writer, JP Mac (as John P. McCann) has worked on shows such as "Animaniacs," "Pinky and the Brain," "Scooby Doo Mysteries," and "Kung Fu Panda." A student of T. C. Boyle at the University of Southern California, Mac is a writer of short fiction in venues such as "The Best of Every Day Fiction" and "The Cthulhu Mythos Mega Pack." A history buff, Mac is also a former marathon coach, and a big fan of authors such as H.P. Lovecraft. He is currently writing a series of dark fantasy short stories.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Turning story or character problems over to my subconscious, going about my day, and being pleasantly surprised by the solutions that pop up unbidden. Most of writing is hard work, but those golden little gifts are what make the rest worthwhile.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My degree was in creative writing and I always thought I'd write books. Over the years, I turned out drafts for two horror novels and a non-fiction account of my adventures working with the State Dept in Cambodia. (I'll get to that one eventually.) But even with an agent, old school publishing proved a tedious, time-consuming process. Many gatekeepers with lots of advice, not all of it sound. Self-publishing still carried the stench of failure. And writing a PDF book, or putting a narrative up on a blog, seemed a desperate cry for attention. But the technology changed rapidly. Now self-publishing rocks. Other than writing a good book, the greatest challenge is getting your work noticed in a sea of indie publications. Great! I'm liking it!
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Books

Fifty Shades of Zane Grey
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 31,140. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
As guns blaze and the Cheyenne raid, shy, murmuring dishwasher Anna wrestles with her heart—not to mention a mind filled with psychological personifications who act out at all the wrong times. Pressed by suitors attracted to her quiet beauty and endearing quirks, Anna must grasp that passion comes in many shades, but true love is a primary color.
The Little Book of Big Enlightenment
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,380. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
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Experience a wild metaphysical rollercoaster in this tale of two men marketing a new method of instantly achieving serenity. But something unexpected happens along the way, throwing their sales pitch and beliefs into chaos. This light-hearted, self-help satire is more fun than an ashram full of monkeys. Hold onto your chakras for a short fun ride!
Jury Doody
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,220. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Family violence, Nonfiction » Law » Courts & trial practice
A light-hearted look at LA law as twelve jurors weigh the evidence in a bizarre domestic violence case. This fast-paced non-fiction essay opens the door on the jury process as a dozen strangers wrestle with conflicting evidence. Will the verdict be expedient or true? And why was the defendant sockless?