IndieView with Scott MacDonald, author of To Wish Upon a Star

Prepare for the long haul and remember, writing the book is the easy part. However, I still try to get some reading in on my computer. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Chapter headings and a few sentences are usually enough to keep me on track. About the book
What is the book about? It’s also very funny throughout. She chose to enter into a contract to have her wish fulfilled magically by a bitter and alcoholic 132yr. Not the people so much as the setting. Self-publishing will see your work in print at any time, you just have to understand that ALL promotion will be up to you. The question is; how long are you willing to keep your work on hold while you beat the bushes looking for an agent? It came down to a simple decision; do I keep doing this hoping to get lucky with an agency one day, or do I do it myself and make the work available while I strive to get it found by an audience? I see the setting, meet the characters, I hear the dialogue, I watch whole scenes play out, and if I think the movie in my head is good, I start writing it as a book. The main characters in the story, however, all exist only in my mind. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? You can’t love fantasy without loving Neil Gaiman. Given the enthusiastic reader reviews I’ve received on the book’s Amazon landing page, it was time well spent. Years later, long after the wish had been made, the time had finally come for the people involved to seek out each other and understand the truth of what really happened on that one miraculous night. It’s a story of magic, friendship, love, forgiveness and the true cost of wishing on stars. I’m not a writer whose work will change the world or win prestigious literary awards, I strive to be the guy about whom people say, “Have you read Scott MacDonald’s latest book? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? I also love Roald Dahl’s books. Whatever his failings as a man may have been, he was a wonderful storyteller. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Rather than follow what happened immediately after the wish was made, I wanted to pick up the story long afterwards. It was my first book so I had to learn everything from scratch. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Some of my favorite authors include Clive Barker — a man who can paint pictures with words. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? We all know how important it is for writers to read. Winter Springs, FL
What would you like readers to know about you? It’s called Romance & Adventure, it’s a paranormal romance with a Hollywood setting. Man, obscurity sucks but ya gotta start somewhere. It took as long as it did because I was learning as I went. I have to focus when I write, music would distract me but if I did, it would mostly be classic rock from the 70s-80s. I’m legally blind in my right eye so reading a physical book is pretty much out of the question. When I was 12 years old I stepped on a nail. Her input was helpful but so far, she’s made more money off this book than I have. It was gradual. As I go. If so can you please describe it? I have tried and that’s how I know. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? What came easily? It’s a common scenario that many young girls face and the resolution is typically something simple, like a makeover. Dunkirk — it’s a small town in upstate New York. About You
Where did you grow up? I consider that to have been less painful than soliciting an agency for representation. Does that mean I should ask for 2/3 of my money back? Where did you get the idea from? I just dreamed it up while running various magical scenarios in my head. I knew either way would be difficult but I went with the latter. I did it myself and I have a professional background in digital graphics. I don’t read as much as I used to due to worsening vision issues. I see the setting, meet the characters, I hear the dialogue, I watch whole scenes play out, and if I think the movie in my head is good, I start writing it as a book. The book follows the fallout from what should’ve been a simple wish made on a star, eighteen years after it was made and how it impacted the lives of everyone involved. I don’t know how many other writers do it this way but I see a movie in my head. Where do you live now? To this end, I created a Facebook page that almost a dozen people follow and a blog that no one follows. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Do you have a target reader? Do you outline? If you’re a talented writer then agency representation simply comes down to luck. old Gypsy fortuneteller with a lot of unresolved anger issues. I don’t know how many other writers do it this way but I see a movie in my head. I’ll make story notes and do a simple outline to keep things clear and establish flow but, basically, I transcribe the movie in my head onto paper so everyone else can read it and see the same movie in their heads. Pretty much all of it. Anyone who wants to have fun reading a great story. I felt that would make for a more interesting tale. Facebook page –
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Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? After that, I was thinking of writing a cookbook with a murder mystery subplot. Even the county fair in the story mirrors the county fair where I grew up. There was some time lost to indecision and/or writer’s block but, overall, To Wish Upon a Star was a relatively easy and painless birth. A makeover would’ve been so much easier. I’m convinced I was a ham sandwich in a previous life. When did you start writing the book? Winston Churchill ate me for lunch one day while preparing for the Battle of Britain. Weird, I know but it seems to work for me. Scott MacDonald – 25 June 2018
The Back Flap
Megan Brandt was a shy, lonely teenager secretly in love with a boy in school who didn’t even know she existed. Megan’s solution, however, was a little less prosaic than that. I loved it!”
About Writing
Do you have a writing process? About five years ago and finished it almost two years ago. Both. Do you listen to music while you write? This is my first book so, consequently, this is my first time marketing a book too. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) I also created an alternate cover which I might still use in the future. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Now you’re wondering, “Is he serious?”
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Get your copy of   To Wish Upon a Star from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Nick Janke is set on a path to discover the identity of the girl whose wish rescued him from a lifetime of infirmity after a terrible accident that took place at the local county fair when he was a teenager. That grates on me. I did hire a pro for this book but I wound up using only about 1/3 of her suggestions. I wanted to create an image that was at a pivotal moment in the story using simple, flat imagery. Maple Mill is taken directly from my own hometown of Dunkirk, NY. What are you working on now? That way, no one would have any idea what could possibly have taken place so long after the fact. I loved A Confederacy of Dunces so much and sometimes wonder what other books John Kennedy Toole could have written had he lived beyond his 30s. I had to learn as I went while writing it and I’m doing likewise to market it. Most of the story takes place in the small town rural community of Maple Mill. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? It’s about a magical solution to a common problem; unrequited love. I’m struggling more with my current book than I did with this one. Did you hire a professional editor? Wishing on stars is an established fantasy concept so I wanted to approach it from a new perspective. I also had an awesome UFO sighting in 1989 that I still think is the coolest thing that ever happened to me. How long did it take you to write it? About three years.