Interview with David MackJanuary, 2010
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
DM: A series of improbable coincidences
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
DM: It can always be worse.
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
DM: I don't believe any such thing exists.
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
SS: With whom in history do you most identify?
DM: The oppressed masses
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
DM: My father
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
DM: Stygian, smirk, susurrus
SS: What do you regret most?
DM: Hurts that I have caused but for which I can't make amends
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
DM: Playing the piano
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
DM: So far? The Star Trek Destiny trilogy.
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
DM: My temper
SS: What’s your best quality?
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
DM: Myself, but perfected
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
DM: Danny Ocean (the George Clooney incarnation)
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
DM: Roy Batty (Blade Runner)
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
DM: "President Kennedy! It's an honor, sir. By the way, please put on this helmet. And duck."
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
DM: People who choose superstition over reason
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
DM: I'm doing it.
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
DM: Loyalty, humor, patience
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
DM: My wife's blueberry cobbler
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
DM: I can't narrow it to five; I love music too much.
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
DM: Richard Brautigan, Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, Kurt Busiek, Audrey Niffenegger, William Shakespeare, Frank Miller, Ray Bradbury
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
DM: The Time Traveler's Wife In Watermelon Sugar The Tarnished Angel The Dark Knight Returns Watchmen
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
DM: Don't talk about writing; just write.
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
DM: "Are you the David Mack who writes Kabuki?" (No, I'm not.)
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
DM: Dishwasher, line cook, assistant chef, bartender, liquor deliverman, mail sorter, reporter, magazine editor, web site editor, CD ROM researcher
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
DM: NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Institute of Film and Television
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
SS: What is your favorite movie?
DM: Too many to list; I own hundreds of DVDs.
SS: What is your favorite television show?
DM: Battlestar Galactica
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