R. Scott Mackey


Scott Mackey lives in Northern California, where he writes both fiction and non-fiction. His first book, Barbary Baseball, achieved critical acclaim from baseball historians for its quality research and writing. He followed that with two young adult novels--Blood Runs Deep and The Bugfish Experiment. His most recent novel, Courage Matters, is the first in a series about private investigator Ray Courage. Look for the second book in the series--Courage Resurrected--in spring 2015.

Smashwords Interview

Please share some of the best memories of your childhood
I grew up in Palo Alto, California, the heart of the area now known as Silicon Valley. Back then most of the area had not been developed. My friends and I would explore the rural foothills in areas now populated with high tech, pharmaceutical, and other cutting edge industries. We would look for snakes, lizards and insects, which we would collect, study then set free. When we weren’t doing that we were playing sandlot baseball or football games. Summer days we would leave the house after breakfast and not return home until dinner time. Our parents wouldn’t have any idea where we were all day, nor did they worry about it. Those were different times that taught me how to explore the wonders in our little world as well as develop independence and responsibility.
Tell us about your writing career
I have been writing professionally since my twenties, when I began producing freelance articles for community newspapers. I started writing fiction about this time as well. While my writing gained the attention of three different New York agents as far back as the 80s, they were never able to sell my work to a major publisher. The query-wait-reject, query-wait-reject business model of publishing eventually grew tiresome so I walked away from submitting anything for many years. Eventually, I went directly to smaller presses for Barbary Baseball, Blood Runs Deep, and The Bugfish Experiment. I decided to self-publish Courage Matters even though it had some interest from agents because I wanted to get it out there for readers and to have more control over its release and promotion. I am finding the independent publishing route to be a much more satisfying way to go. Indie publishing allows me to communicate directly with readers and control the marketing and distribution of my books in ways that traditional publishing did not. Also, instead of waiting for a yearlong cycle of querying agents, who in turn query the Big Six publishers, who in turn show some interests as long as I will make this change or that (and then change their mind), I am now able to get my book into print and into eBooks in a matter of days. It’s a great time to be a writer. So far, I've been very pleased with my decision to become an indie publisher as well as a writer.
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Courage Matters Book Trailer
Sixty second trailer for the mystery novel, Courage Matters: A Ray Courage Mystery.

Courage Resurrected Book Trailer
Ray's wife died thirteen years ago. Or did she?


Courage Begins: A Ray Courage Mystery Novella
Price: Free! Words: 18,410. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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Former college professor Ray Courage starts a new career as a private investigator and tries to crack an unsolved murder for an insurance company.

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