Monday, October 05, 2015

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Mord McGhee

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

MORD MCGHEE

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
I'm partial to a character named Ariel. She is a lake monster.

2. Tell me about your travels.
This novel in particular is the direct result of a road trip from Pittsburgh to Lake Champlain in Vermont. I took every step that the book takes. It spanned the length of the historic Niagara Highway and then back through Corning and Cooperstown NY. I also spent the summer visiting with Loren Coleman at the International Cryptozoology Museum in Maine. Loren provided a foreword.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee. I'm a wereparent without it...

4. What else can you do besides write?
I play guitar and sing... which I've done professionally for years. I sustained an injury that forced my retirement. I don't play much as it takes too may painkillers to achieve anything worthwhile. I maintain an ASCAP membership, but under a pseudonym.
I also cook and have a professional background in high tech mumbo-jumbo.


5. Who are you reading right now?
Paul Nielsen's THE CAMBION, Frances Couvares' THE REMAKING OF PITTSBURGH, Andrew Carnegie's THE GOSPEL OF WEALTH, Stephen King's UNDER THE DOME, Cyril's Wecht's MORTAL EVIDENCE, and a few others...

6. Pop culture or academia?
History repeats itself. What is academia today is pop culture tomorrow.

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
Technically... the hardest scene was the end of MURDER RED INK when Allena Gould comes face to face with far more than she ever imagined. Chapter 24 to be specific, because it's written the way stop-animation is filmed. There were hard scenes to write in the same book that were graphic and intense... but I'd always felt that Jack the Ripper wasn't getting his due as a monster and instead had become a Scooby-Doo villain. I give the evil prick all due respect. Emotionally... the hardest scenes to write were Oliver's scenes towards the end of OLD FLAMES AND HEROES. Most grueling... a short story called PLASMA BREACH (unpublished as of this interview though it is under hold at a publisher).

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
I wrote post-college and then gave it up. Last summer I married a wonderful woman that has editorial experience and as we moved in together (a year before the wedding or so) she found magazines and manuscripts in the bottom of my closet. She's to blame for the damage I've done to literature since turning professional in 2014. Though I find inspiration in the magical world around us.

9. Food you could eat everyday.
Ice Cream. In particular, Antney's Ice Cream of Greentree, Pennsylvania.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
Yes. Is there an author's baseball or softball team? I'll bet your hubby throws a mean fastball!

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
All kinds of music. I know you've heard that before but I truly have the most eclectic taste and appreciation of music as certified by experts around the world. Not really, but when my music shuffles you NEVER know what's coming next. Slayer or a song from Rent... Vivaldi or DMX... Gene Autry or The Sex Pistols.

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
A little of both. I keep notes which then become a rough outline.

13. Celebrity crush.
Allison Janney. She's hysterical and I'd watch anything she's in. Though it's not really a 'crush' but more an a talent appreciation.

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
I wouldn't have fallen in love with reading if it wasn't for Robert E. Howard.
I wouldn't have wanted to be a writer if I hadn't read Steven Brust.
I wouldn't have found my love of villainous anti-heroes if it wasn't for Glen Cook.
I wouldn't have learned to enjoy writing humor had I not discovered Terry Pratchett.
I wouldn't have touched horror had I not rediscovered Stephen King.

That being said... add in H.P. Lovecraft, E.A. Poe, Ambrose Bierce, J.R.R. Tolkien, P.K. Dick, Steve Alten,
J.K. Rowling, and a dash of the classics.

The secret I've never shared... I've been a pen-pal with one of the above since I was 15 years old. The person
even read some of my first work and told me how awful it was.


15. Do you still watch cartoons?
My generation learned about the world in cartoons. Classical music, pop culture, movie stars then and now....
Oh... do I still? Yes, absolutely. Though I continue to choose the toons from the 70s-80s.


Mord McGhee is known for writing razor sharp science fiction, fantasy, and horror. He is known as a cryptozoology, serial killer, and Muppet matter expert. He is a Global eBook Award winner and his writing can be found in competitive markets around the globe.

Mord loves books. He loves to write.

He's from Western Pennsylvania (Allegheny County) and has been doing it professionally since March of 2014. As a kid, he loved Chiller Theatre and classic monster horror movies. His later taste in Science Fiction movies leaned towards Total Recall, Predator, Alien, Star Wars, Jaws, and Jurassic Park.

He was a musician for more than 20 years and was fortunate enough to have been involved in almost a dozen records (in various forms). His voice, guitar, drums, bass, and piano are all ASCAP registered and some of the bands have been heard on hard rock and college radio stations around the country (and in Canada) over the years. An injury forced him to retire.

He considers himself one of the luckiest men alive for having the coolest fans in fiction.

He's regarded as a matter expert on the JFK Assassination, the Jack the Ripper murders in Victorian London, and cryptozoology (lake monsters in particular).

Contact him if you need commentary for your project. His latest book is Old Flames and Heroes.


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