Maynard Blackoak

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Lives in Pawnee County, Oklahoma

Prefers night to day and enjoys aimlessly walking along a dirt road or absorbing the darkness in a forgotten cemetery.  Two daughters, two granddaughters and one grandson with another due to arrive in December.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I will have two short stories in the soon to be released anthology, A World of Dark Spirits and the Fay.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing as a senior in high school at the urging of my creative writing instructor.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I honestly don’t consider myself to be a writer.  I just don’t have the body of work.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your story?

I was researching some interesting characters of the wild west and learned about a gunfighter who simply vanished from sight.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I’ve never really thought about it. Perhaps I’m just a story teller in an old fashioned balladeer style.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title came from the main character, Dangerous Dan Tucker

Fiona: Is there a message in your story that you want readers to grasp(?

I don’t know.  Perhaps it’s just to show that history can be fun

Fiona: How much of the story is realistic?

Only the main character is based on reality.  He was a lawman who decided he could make more money selling his gunhand.

Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I wish!

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and A Christmas Carol

Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I’d be insulting one of the classic authors to consider them a mentor

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I recently read The Grapes of Wrath

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

There are a few I’d like to read. However, there are still some classics I need to read first.

Fiona: What are your current projects?

I really don’t have anything new at the present.  I’m in somewhat of a holding pattern, waiting to see if something good happens.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Not really.  I just don’t believe the talent is there.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I haven’t published a novel. So I can’t answer that.

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My high school teacher suggested it. I just didn’t pursue it seriously until recently. One day about twenty years ago I dabbled with it, though.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

About a month ago, I wrote a novella about antihero who tortures and assassinates corrupt politicians and corporate heads

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The challenge is to get published. There are too many talented writers out there.

Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Poe for his darkness. Dickens for the images his stories paint in my head. Conan Doyle for the way his novels challenge my mind.

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Keeping it unpredictable

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned that going to my darkest place can be a good thing

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Have a thick hide and learn to appreciate failure

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I am sincerely amazed and humble that anyone enjoys what I write

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies

Appreciating decay and ruin.  For there is beauty in the remnants of the past

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching

The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, Haven and Being Human.  As a special message to the SYFY channel, please bring back Eureka and the proper spelling of your network

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

I like dark, reflective music mostly. I also like a little of most genres.  I like black. It matches my soul.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?

Become a hermit…Oh wait. I did do that

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?

Not at the present. I really have no reason for one