Mac Dyson may or may not exist. Sometimes it depends on what he had for breakfast. Sometimes on whether that new drum pattern really grooves. Often he makes the choice based on how badly the planet, and its children, is being currently treated. He has a lot of non-being days as a result.
He’s been known to sing. Like a girl actually. Worse. Like an operatic girl. (He's one of those high-fluting counter-tenors). He’d rather sound sexy gruff like Bjork or Tom Waits. On days when he’s not chasing new chord progressions on some old 80s synth he likes to muck about with words and images, emotions and ideologies.
The limitless ability of the mind to create fascinates him. The infinite skill of his mind to look on the darker side depresses him. Quite a lot. So he writes to keep it occupied and himself out of danger. So far it has worked very well.
With a lot of help from his mates. Thanks yous fellas.
Mac D x
Why write a book like "The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea"?
I wanted to create a book that had our lives at the centre of it – where gay/lesbian/etc was the norm for the main characters. No struggles with coming out and the like, but instead the more interesting challenge of creating a life for oneself. I also wanted to explore the idea of the history/herstory of our queer Culture. Taking the point that accepted history is no more than the myths of the ruling class – history being always written by the victor. There is strong indication that we are part of a very long lived, and very rich and intricate, culture. Aspects of who we are now are recorded as far back as can be ascertained. So what if I had a character who had been around since ‘time’ began. How would the history of humanity - especially queer humanity - look from his point of view? I go into this in more detail in an appendix to the eBook, but I should at least say that I have taken original myths and other's ideas and added my own spin on them to try and make them relevant to contemporary life (well, as it’s lived in the ‘west’.) No blame can be attached to their sources :-)
It starts with an attempted suicide. What’s that about?
It starts from the place I was at when I began to write. (If you want a fantastic description of what it is like to be depressed take a look at “Warm Bodies” – ‘R’ in his zombie state sums it up exactly.) I needed to find a way out. A cause that fired me up enough to take me out of myself – hence the themes I chose and the audience I chose them for. Of course the truth of suicide is not that one wants to die but that one desperately wants the pain to stop. The danger lies in that amazing thing called our brain. It’s capable of absolutely anything. Feed it a programme, any programme – try ‘what is wrong with me?’ – and it’ll expend all its unbelievable capacity to fulfil the request. So try to avoid those kind of questions. Or, as I did, give it something else to play with … “What if the Devil saved my life?” In the end I hope I’ve written a book about living. Learning to live with yourself - through sickness and health, tears and laughter, loneliness and connection.
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.
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!
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?"