David Mack Revealed
About David Mack
What is your birthdate?:5/12
Previous occupations:Dishwasher, line cook, assistant chef, bartender, liquor deliverman, mail sorter, reporter, magazine editor, web site editor, CD ROM researcher
High school and/or college:NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Institute of Film and Television
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:Rush
Favorite movie:Too many to list; I own hundreds of DVDs.
Favorite television show:Battlestar Galactica
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. A series of improbable coincidences
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. It can always be worse.
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. I don't believe any such thing exists.
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. Oblivion
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. Cancun
- Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
- A. The oppressed masses
- Q. Which living person do you most admire?
- A. My father
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. Stygian, smirk, susurrus
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. Hurts that I have caused but for which I can't make amends
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. Playing the piano
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. So far? The Star Trek Destiny trilogy.
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. My temper
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. Dependability
- Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
- A. Myself, but perfected
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. Intensity
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
- A. Danny Ocean (the George Clooney incarnation)
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
- A. Roy Batty (Blade Runner)
- Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
- A. "President Kennedy! It's an honor, sir. By the way, please put on this helmet. And duck."
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. People who choose superstition over reason
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. Sleeping
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. I'm doing it.
- Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
- A. Loyalty, humor, patience
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. My wife's blueberry cobbler
- Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
- A. I can't narrow it to five; I love music too much.
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
- A. Richard Brautigan, Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, Kurt Busiek, Audrey Niffenegger, William Shakespeare, Frank Miller, Ray Bradbury
- Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
- A. The Time Traveler's Wife In Watermelon Sugar The Tarnished Angel The Dark Knight Returns Watchmen
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. Watchmen
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. Don't talk about writing; just write.
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. "Are you the David Mack who writes Kabuki?" (No, I'm not.)
- Q. How did you come to write Star Trek: Vanguard #3: Reap the Whirlwind?
- A. Let me tell you a few things about Reap the Whirlwind.
As of the time of its publication, it was the longest single work I'd written. The first-draft manuscript totaled approximately 129,000 words (more than 560 pages in standard format) — and, much to my surprise, I wrote it in only 81 days.
There are numerous homages buried in the pages of this book. Nods subtle (and some not so subtle) to the members of the production staff at the Battlestar Galactica TV series; to obscure lyrical references on old Rush albums (the Caress of Steel LP, in case you're wondering); and to my past works for Star Trek.
Readers who have been following the Star Trek Vanguard series (which I co-developed with editor Marco Palmieri) since its debut volume, Harbinger, might have noticed an escalating level of action and mayhem. Part of the reason for this (aside from it simply being fun) is that, because my friends Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore wrote book two, Summon the Thunder, as well as a prequel eBook, Distant Early Warning (another Rush reference, for those of you keeping score), there is a degree of one-upmanship at work here. Considering the level of destruction I wrought in this book, I'll be very curious to see what their next move is when they tackle book four.
Lastly, a customer-service note for those of you who are just now buying the book: in the back is a minipedia that contains all the characters, places, and things that are original to the Star Trek Vanguard saga, in case you forget who someone is. But use it with caution on your first read-through: it contains spoilers for Reap the Whirlwind itself. I bear part of the blame for that. I wrote it initially as a writers' reference, not expecting it to be shared with the public. When my editor decided to incorporate it into the back of the novel, I hastily tried to pare it down into something fit for publication. Alas, I appear to have been only partly successful in that regard.
I can only hope that all of this insider info has made this seem like a more enticing purchase.
Thanks for reading!
~ David Mack