Mac Dyson

Biography

Mac Dyson likes playing with words and sounds. He writes books and makes music. He is a Kiwi by birth and nature, but after a sojourn in the UK as a musician, he now lives in the bustling metropolis of Sydney.
His life has included stints as a TV Director, Pre-school Educator, Cleaner, University Lecturer but his favourite place to work is the theatre. He is particularly fond of Shakespeare - his favourite play being "Much Ado About Nothing". As a singer he loves John Dowland and Henry Purcell songs, and the works of Joni Mitchell, Prince, David Bowie, Bjork, and Aphex Twin.
His life has been quite an adventure - perhaps why his books are on the weird side - but he has enjoyed a lot of it very much. Due mainly to a wonderful selection of 'human beans' that have journeyed with him. Thanks yous fellas.
Kia kaha, Mac D x

Smashwords Interview

Why do you write?
I write because I love to read! I love the gift of words.
My life is so much richer for having experienced so many great books by so many wonderful authors. I love the way you can examine things beyond your normal reach, go places you may never get otherwise, meet fascinating people who don't actually exist in this world.
I don't think I have ever felt like I belonged or was normal. My life has been just a bit strange. So, many of the things I have experienced don't get written about. So I thought I would try and explore some of those experiences in books. Perhaps I can live better when I understand them more. Perhaps in my writing I can help others who feel outside find more connection, and fulfilment in their own lives.
Why did you write this new book "Making It Home"?
Well, this is my fun book. It's tiring to be too serious all the time. I wanted to write a book that was as exciting and engaging to read as a great cartoon movie is to watch. So I wrote a film - in words! I wanted to explore and celebrate how words can set the imagination alive with images. Books are great because the reader gets to collaborate with the writer to make it all come alive in their minds eye. Which is why I use the device of 'glasses that show stories' to help Sam tell his.
I also wanted to write something fantastical for younger readers. So this one is aimed at 12 - 15 year olds. Though of course anybody can read it that wants to.
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Series

Books

"Up From Unda" - Up & The House of :-/
Price: Free! Words: 3,490. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Christian » General
Up - the little flightless weka - likes to visit his human friends on the remote southern isle of Rakiura. However they can’t figure out each other’s language, so there is always an adventure to had in the misunderstanding. Children 8 to 10. In Book 5, Up tries to look after the sick and becomes an accidental fashion stylist. His efforts might just lead to an international online career!
"Up From Unda" - Up & The Very Brainy Day
Price: Free! Words: 4,010. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Christian » General
Up - the little flightless weka - likes to visit his human friends on the remote southern isle of Rakiura. However they can’t figure out each other’s language, so there is always an adventure to had in the misunderstanding. Children 8 to 10. In Book 4 of the series, Up has a most discombobulating interaction with music. Is it an issue of mind over matter? What are the chances of sweet harmony?
"Up From Unda" - Up & The Xmas Alien
Price: Free! Words: 4,050. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Christian » General
Up - the little flightless weka - likes to visit his human friends on the remote southern isle of Rakiura. However they can’t figure out each other’s language, so there is always an adventure to had in the misunderstanding. Children 8 to 10 In Book 3 of the series, Up restores the sparkle to Xmas at the Christian Allsorts Church. But nearly spoils his own!
"Up From Unda" - Up & The Great Magician Moon
Price: Free! Words: 4,050. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
Up - the little flightless weka - likes to visit his human friends on the remote southern isle of Rakiura. However they can’t figure out each other’s language, so there is always an adventure to had in the misunderstanding. In Book 2 of the series, Up gets caught up in some very devilish dangers. Will she be able to save the fair maiden? The result is pure magic!
"Up From Unda" - Up & The Rev. Dyson
Price: Free! Words: 3,570. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Christian » General
Up - the little flightless weka - likes to visit his human friends on the remote southern isle of Rakiura. However they can’t figure out each other’s language, so there is always an adventure to had in the misunderstanding. In Book 1 of a five part series: Up makes his very first human acquaintances - the Reverend Dyson and her husband Skipper John. But will they all become friends?
Making It Home
Price: Free! Words: 49,120. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
A madcap adventure for teens. On Earth, Sam struggles to come to terms with a whole new family experience. While, on the dying desert planet URF, a banished alien child crash-lands on a beach where a mum with memory issues has gone walk about. Fortunately, with the help of odd new friends, a lot of peculiar imagination, and a weird bunch of bits-n-bobs-beings, they all are soon “Making It Home”.
An Angel At My Stable
Series: The Fallen, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 6,520. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
A second short story sequel to The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea. Jamie flies north to join Jude & Su for Xmas, gets injured in a storm and takes refuge in Christchurch’s Cathedral Of The Blessed Sacrament. A little girl with an angelic nature convinces him to take part in the Xmas nativity.
Balls (September 1981)
Series: The Fallen, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 7,160. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
A short story, complimentary to The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea, based on actual events, set two years later. Jude and Su have got embroiled in violent civil conflict that threatens to tear New Zealand-Aotearoa apart. Of course NZ being NZ it could only be about Rugby!
The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Series: The Fallen, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 65,610. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: August 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
A queer romantic fable for young adults (and the young at heart) - love, life, and history never looked quite like this before. "So your life sucks. Couldn't be suckier if you tried. Falling in love with the most hated and feared figure of all time isn't going to make it any better. So he brought you back from the dead. Just say thanks. And move on. Very quickly. Please?"

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