Interview: M. Edward McNally, Author of The Wind From Milark

The WInd From Milark

Where were you born?

Raleigh, NC.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Dog catcher (I didn’t know what happened to the dogs after they were caught).

Other than author, what jobs have you had?

Yikes.  Fast food, dishwasher, bartender, stripper (not that kind), bean walker, rock picker, shoe salesman, zoo keeper, RA, TA, driver, librarian, furniture mover, stadium crew, maintainence man, clean lab tech…there’s probably been more.

About Ed’s writing

How did you come to write The Wind From Milark (Book Three of the Norothian Cycle)?

I’d written the first two and the story wasn’t over.  In for a penny…;-)

What’s the opening paragraph?

“Markin was disappointed the woman came, but not surprised. There was little else she could have done.

Ed said he would rather:

Sell a million copies of this book but never win an award than win a Nobel Prize for Literature but only sell 20,000 copies.

Now for a bit of fun…

What’s the most exciting book you read last year?

Exciting?  This is probably a wholly nerd comment, but when I found out all six volumes of Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” was free on Kindle…exciting.

Describe your perfect weekend

Lived it in Minneapolis, June of ’95, but the documents are sealed and I am sworn to secrecy.

Describe a more realistic weekend

One where I don’t wake up screaming with flashback to ’95.

You’re having a dinner party and you can invite one writer, one musician, one monarch, one villain and one president. Who do you invite and why?

Thomas Pynchon. That dude is insane.

Ani DiFranco. Can write a better lyric than just about anybody can write a book.

Queen Elizabeth. Fascinating.

Lincoln. Ditto.

President Zaphod Beeblebrox (from the Hitchhiker’s Guide. Yes, I know he’s fictional, but a couple of these people are dead.)

You get to spend the afternoon with my six cats – heaven or hell? Explain!

Asphyxiated corpse (allergies) :-(

Share one blog you love to read

Stone Cottage on a Hill

Fill in the blanks – how did Ed finish these openers?

He took her trembling body in his manly arms…

…and applied the Heimlich. The goldfish in her throat did not survive departure.

He tipped his hat and turned away. After a few steps he stopped…

…”This…is not my hat.”

In the darkness, he heard the sound of…

…the light fighting to be born. 

Word association – how did Ed respond to these word prompts?

Writer… Guilty

Bestseller… King

Ambition… Goal

Cheese… Tillamook

And finally…

Now you get to ask me a question…

If everybody stopped reading, would you stop writing?  Why not? ;-)

That’s so hard!  I think I would mourn the loss of reading across the world and that might well stop me in my tracks – would I see words in the same way? I  just don’t know!  However, any writing I have done has pretty much been with the assumption that no-one would see it so… perhaps I’d continue…

Thank you so much to Ed for joining me today!  

The Wind From Milark

The WInd From MilarkThe third volume of the Norothian Cycle, wherein the exile, Jonathan Deskata, returns home to the Islands of Miilark. Sometimes late is not better than never.

With the Trade House disbanded during John’s absence and his Law Sister, Rhianne, reduced to poverty, the last of the Deskatas have no choice but to take up the ancient Island right of the blood vendetta, and turn to piracy on the high seas. The people of Miilark say that the Wind governs all lives, and the course upon which John and Rhianne are blown will bring them into conflict with worse things than enemy Houses. But with a little luck, John will cross paths with some old friends as well.

The Norothian Cycle. Muskets, Magic, and Matilda Lanai.

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About M. Edward McNally
M. Edward McNally is a North Carolinian of Irish/Mexican extraction. Grew up mostly in the Midwest along the I35 corridor (Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota), and now resides in the scrub brush surrounding Phoenix, AZ, where the scorpions and the javelinas play. Masters in English Lit from ISU and Russian/East European History from ASU, though both date from an earlier era when there was a lot of Grunge on the radio and Eddie wore entirely too much flannel, even in the summer.

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I was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England and have always been a bookworm and enjoyed creative writing at school. In 1999 I created the Elencheran Chronicles and have been writing ever since. My first novel, Fezariu's Epiphany, was published in May 2011. When not writing I'm a lover of films, games, books and blogging. I live in Barnsley, with my wife, Donna, and our six cats - Kain, Razz, Buggles, Charlie, Bilbo and Frodo.
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