Author Interview – Wade J. McMahan

Interested in Vampires and enjoy humor? You might enjoy the work of Wade J. Fanged300McMahan.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?   I would be happy to, Susan, and thank you for inviting me. I’m a forester by profession but a writer by disposition. I spent a long career writing trade material, but always in the back of my mind was a desire to take a stab at writing fiction. My wife and I reside in an empty nest in Lexington,Tennessee, with three incredibly spoiled dogs.

How long have you been writing and what inspired you to begin writing? I began writing fiction about four years ago. There wasn’t a sense of inspiration to begin writing, at least I don’t think there was, but rather it started as a personal challenge, a voyage of discovery to see if I could do it. Not just write, of course, but to write truly well, to attain acceptability within the high standards mandated by established publishers.

What is the last book you read?  I hate to admit this, but the last novel I attempted to read was “A Clash of Kings” in George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” series. Honestly, the first several pages bored me silly, so I tossed it aside. I write fantasy, so is that weird of me? I don’t know, but a novel must capture my full attention and draw me in right away and this one simply did not.

As research for the novel I’m currently writing, I’m now reading “Lady Gregory’s Complete Irish Mythology” with a preface by W.B. Yeats. It’s not keeping me sitting up late on the edge of my seat, but I’m finding it quite interesting for a number of reasons.

Which writers inspire you?  I’m a voracious, eclectic reader of both fiction and non-fiction, so there are too many wonderful writers to mention just a few.

Where did you get the idea for your novelette, “Fanged. A Richard Dick Mystery”? “Fanged” is the fifth story in my humorous Richard Dick mysteries series. Prior stories followed the outrageous adventures of private investigator Richard Dick as he encountered werewolves, ghosts, witches and even Santa Claus. Vampires were always on my radar screen, so “Fanged,” was the natural outgrowth of that.

Can you tell us something about the story? Gladly. Here’s the full blurb: Count Earl Duke is three hundred years old, and a vampire…arguably the world’s most pitiful vampire, but a vampire nonetheless. Private investigator Richard Dick becomes embroiled in a lethal investigation when Count Duke suddenly drifts into his Chicago office.

In this latest, laugh-out-loud release in the worldwide bestselling Richard Dick mysteries series, Count Duke hires Dick to recover blood stolen from his high-tech blood cellar. From there on, Dick confronts the deadly “Grand Fang” himself, Professor von Schweinzturd, and his equally dangerous associate, the beautiful seductress, Serafina. Dick makes a ghastly discovery during his perilous, undercover investigation of the storeroom at the local chapter of the “Vampires Lodge.”

It’s Richard Dick versus the vampires in “Fanged!”—the latest hysterical novelette from the author of “Bite This!,” “Witches Which?,” “Naughty or Nice?,” “The Lincoln Park Horror,” and “Flying Solo.”

Who do you think will like reading your work and what other stories do you think are similar to it? I hope readers who enjoy a good laugh will like not only “Fanged,” but my entire Richard Dick series. As to similar stories, I have no idea. Who else spoofs the paranormal genre?

Are you working on a new book at the moment? Yes, and thanks for asking. My current project, “Waves in the Wind” is a historical fantasy situated in 6th Century Ireland. It is a story of the Druid, Ossian, bound to his gods by heritage and honor, who emerges from the fiery ruins of his land to fight alongside the capricious Queen Goddess, the Morrigan. Within the turbulence of his times, Ossian calls upon ancient wisdom during his journey through a world where he no longer belongs, a path leading towards his astonishing future.

I hope to complete the novel this year, and if all goes well, readers will find it on bookshelves sometime in 2013.

Where can people go to read your already published work?  Allow me to direct everyone to my publisher, Untreed Reads Publishing and my Author’s Page on their website at Untreed Reads 

However, my stories can be found at e-bookstores large and small around the globe.

Do you have any tips for aspiring authors? Write. Write a lot. Study your craft and learn to write well, better than you ever thought you could. Writing is an art grounded in technical expertise, so be patient, don’t expect overnight success. Learn while reading; think about how authors structured their stories and pay close attention to their use of language to tell their stories.

Good reviews, mixed reviews, bad reviews – what are your thoughts on each of those? I can’t control reviews. My goal is to tell stories, and try to tell them well. Still, who doesn’t like good reviews? They validate your work and writing ability. Mixed reviews are common especially in this e-book age because you are hitting a wide variety of readers. Bad reviews are disappointing, of course, but you can’t please everyone, so they happen.

If you review other indie writers’ books, what is your approach to reviewing those? I don’t review books, though I critique a great many in-progress across numerous genres. Story arc is basic, of course, but beyond that, I’m looking at how a story is crafted. As I mentioned earlier, a book must hook me right away—the author must make me care about the characters and something truly interesting must be occurring that immediately draws me into their story. Past that, the story and writing must flow smoothly, and I’m a sucker for full, vivid descriptions and believable dialogue.

WADE’s WRAP-UP: Thanks, Susan, for inviting me to participate in this interview. It’s been a lot of fun. Allow me to add, you are writing some marvelous books yourself, and I wish you well with them.

Thanks Wade for chatting with us today, and (/blush) for your comment about my WIP.