Interview with David Mack

January, 2010
David W. Mack

Quick Start

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?

DM: Oblivion

SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

DM: Cancun

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?

DM: Dependability

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?

DM: Intensity

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?

DM: Sleeping

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?

DM: Watchmen

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.)

General Questions

SS: What is your birthdate?

DM: 5/12

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?

DM: Novelist

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?

DM: Rush

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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