Thursday, March 21, 2019

Interview with novelist Hawk MacKinney

Novelist Hawk MacKinney joins me today and we’re chatting about Deal Gold, Book 4 in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. It’s a mix of action thriller and love story.

During his virtual book tour, Hawk will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit his other tour stops and enter there, too!

Hawk MacKinney served in the US Navy for over 20 years. While serving as a Navy Commander, he also had a career as a full-time faculty member at several major state medical facilities. He earned two postgraduate degrees with studies in languages and history. He has taught postgraduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem, Israel.

In addition to professional articles and texts on chordate neuroembryology, Hawk has authored several works of fiction—historical love stories, science fiction and mystery-thrillers. His titles are not genre-centered, but plot-character driven. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his serial protagonist in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series—murder and mayhem with a touch of romance. Hidden Chamber of Death, the first book in the mystery series, was followed by Book 2, Westobou Gold and his latest, Book 3, Curse of the Ancients. All have received national attention. The Bleikovat Event was Vol I in The Cairns of Sainctuarie Science Fiction Series followed by Vol II, The Missing Planets. Vol III, Inanna Phantom is in final galleys.

Please share a little bit about your current release and what inspired you to write this book.
During a Rocky Mountain ski vacation in Aspen, CO, I came across the documented killing of a wild-living hard-partying Olympic skier chasing gold with the other underhanded goings-on, and no one went to jail. Skin and money and payoffs, and all the inspirations of the slugs of humanity fell into my lap and onto my keyboard.

Excerpt from Deal Gold:
Lust, greed and body parts await Craige Ingram when he leaves the comforts of his South Carolina home to visit his former SEAL buddy, Detective Spinner Krespinak. Set in the Colorado underbelly of a sable and faux glitz ski mecca, the instincts of retired Navy SEAL, Detective Spinner Krespinak suspect drugs have become a lucrative industry amid unrestrained wild sex parties in the snowy sordid playground that is Aspen. An Olympic ski hopeful is brutally murdered, Spinner vanishes, and Craige Ingram is shot as events spin out of control with a Catch-22 no one anticipates.

What exciting story are you working on next?
Vol III in the Cairns of Sainctuarie Science Fiction Series is in galley proof edit.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In the 6th grade writing serial mysteries for my class newsletter.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
You make/budget time to write full-time. Up 4-4:30 a.m. for two hours with a raw quadruple steamed espresso, black as Marine Corps bilge water. Another hour+, then lunch and to-do lists that have nothing to do with writing… and all the while keeping my eyes and ears on RECORD. When I take a break, it is with a good non-fiction…quantum physics or biographies.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I find it fun doing in no-good SOBs that hurt for no reason other than being lazy. They provide endless stories for my imagination to plunder.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Probably a cowboy…

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Feed and care for the 12-year old and the dreams that still live inside you—the child in us needs TLC and daily encouragement. After that, it’s ALL uphill.


Thank you for being a guest on my blog!
…and thank you for hosting me and Dead Gold, my latest title in the MOCCASIN HOLLOW MYSTERY SERIES.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

Thanks so much for both the book description and giveaway as well. I enjoy hearing about another good book.

Hawk MacKinney said...

Lisa HASELTON’S Reviews & Interviews - Thank you for hosting Dead Gold, Book 4 in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. An earlier title, Moccasin Trace is a prequel historical romance establishing the bloodline(s) of serial protagonists Craige Ingram in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series and gives considerable nips & glimpses into the in-laws & outlaws of the Ingram family…hopefully keeping readers hooked for, “I didn’t see that downside-up coming - - what’s next?” A new sci-fi title in the upcoming sci-fi series is in galley-edit.

Hawk MacKinney

URL Dead Gold video

Hawk MacKinney said...

James ROBERT – Hope U enjoy the read as well -

Hawk MacK
URL Dead Gold video

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post, I really enjoyed reading it!

Hawk MacKinney said...

Victoria ALEXANDER – The layout/content of the Haselton reviews/internews host site is very well good – glad U enjoyed the presentation(s) -

Hawk MacK
URL Dead Gold video

Bernie Wallace said...

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Hawk MacKinney said...

Joseph WALLACE - More researchers in the field of quantum mechanics/physics, especially the ones who can author papers making the technical understandable to we novices in the field…without being longwinded & tediously verbose. Some enthralling by introducing/explaining the technical, making it understandable. It’s brain laxative for we sci-fic authors delving into new daily unknowns.

Hawk MacK