My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. ‘Be Scary’ I borrowed it from filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Spy Kids) and it became Mac Slater’s motto in 'Mac Slater Hunts the Cool', too.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I’d be the Chrysler building. It’s cool, good-looking, hard-working. It gets to hang out in New York City all the time. It has great views over Manhattan, but without all that pressure of being the Empire State. Not a lot of travelling, though. That’d be the main drawback of being the Chrysler.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. The ability to fly. (Do superhero abilities count as ‘talents’?)
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Flow – Doing something you love so much that time disappears. Everything else disappears. For me Flow happens when I’m writing, reading, watching movies, hanging with good friends and family and when I’m playing sport.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. These are five of my faves that I listened to over and over while writing 'Mac Slater Hunts the Cool': 1. Vertigo – U2. 2. Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve. 3. Rockbox – Run DMC 4. Too Young – Phoenix. 5. New York – Eskimo Joe
April 13, 2011I woke up this morning inside my book.
Let me explain.
I wrote a Middle-Grade book called 'Mac Slater vs. The City' and it's set in New York. It's out this week. I wrote it in a small beach town on the other side of the world. East Coast Australia. An ex-hippy town called Byron Bay.
For research and inspiration I used photos and video and mad jottings from a previous visit to NYC years before. Before I ever knew I'd write a book, let alone one set in New York. I used dozens of books on NY and Google Maps Street View and the Times Square live webcams to make me feel close to the city as I wrote.
And in some wild act of... see more