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A writer named Dominik Hug just interviewed me for the Swiss F/SF publication KULT Magazine. We discussed a wide range of topics, including how I work, how I got started, my past projects and my upcoming work.

A brief sample of our erudite exchange:

destiny_omniKULT: What does a normal David Mack working day look like?

David Mack: Something of a train wreck, honestly. I usually sleep until early afternoon, then slouch into my day. My first priority is usually a shower, followed by coffee and something to eat. Next, I deal with errands and other personal business, such as bills, cleaning up after the cats, taking out the trash. I waste a fair amount of time reading news on the Internet, poring over Facebook and Twitter, and trying to think of something amusing to post on social media.
I’ve usually done nothing useful by the time my wife gets home from work. We make dinner, eat, and clean up. Afterward, I pour a stiff drink and settle down to try to write. This usually results in more procrastination. I tend to get working for real around 9pm or 10pm, and I work in a panicked frenzy until around 1am. Then I watch TV until around 3am, when I go to bed.
Frankly, it’s a miracle I get anything done at all.

For the benefit of my fans who are fluent in English but not in German, Dominik has posted the original English version of the interview on his blog. A German-translated version will be posted online soon, and I will also put up links to that for my German-speaking friends and fans.

Give it a read!

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ST.Ceremony.Losses.Final.CvrApparently, I am constitutionally incapable of refusing an opportunity for shameless self-promotion. That’s how I explain my role in yet another podcast discussion of my work with the fine folks of Trekmate.org.uk — specifically, Sina and Michael of Ten Forward.

In this latest audio gabfest, we talk about my latest New York Times bestseller, A Ceremony of Losses, as well as my previous novel Zero Sum Game, to which Ceremony is in many respects a sequel, and my upcoming project Section 31: Disavowed, which will continue the story arc of ZSG and ACoL.

I also touch briefly upon my support for Athena’s Daughters, a Kickstarter project to fund a female-written anthology of original SF and fantasy short stories about compelling female main characters. I am excited to report that this Kickstarter reached its $24k stretch goal in just 10 days, which means I and many other male authors will get to tell our original tales about strong female main characters in a companion anthology, Apollo’s Daughters. (If the Kickstarter reaches $38k, Apollo’s Daughters will have a limited print run in hardcover, so keep those contributions coming in, folks!)

Listen to my latest turn on the Captain’s Table podcast and donate to the Athena’s Daughters project (note: this Kickstarter ends January 8, 2014).

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Saturday, November 2 from 7PM–10PM
33–17 Crescent St., Astoria, NY 11106

Join me and my friends Keith R.A. DeCandido and Aaron Rosenberg for an evening of Star Trek-themed readings, a signing session for our books old and new, and a panel discussion about the past, present, and future of Trek literature.

What’s the occasion, you ask? The premiere of my latest Star Trek novel, The Fall, Book III: A Ceremony of Losses!

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This medical techno-thriller pits Doctor Julian Bashir against, well, just about everybody in his latest quixotic mission to do the right thing.

SPECIAL GIVEAWAY!

With each copy of A Ceremony of Losses purchased at Enigma Bookstore during the signing event, get a FREE COPY of my Star Trek: Typhon Pact novel Zero Sum Game, which set up the Julian Bashir/Sarina Douglas story that continues now in The Fall. (First come, first served; offer good only while supplies last.)

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PLUS!

Get an advance sneak peek at next spring’s hottest new title, The Klingon Art of War by Keith R.A. DeCandido!

This is going to be a fun night full of Trek-ish awesomeness. So swing by — and bring a friend!

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