Writer Wednesday: Zack Mason

As a fan of the Chronoshift Triology, I'm honored to introduce you to today's Writer Wednesday author, Zack Mason. His unique combination of time travel, history, emotion and faith creates a dynamic set of books that demands you to sit down and read all 3 straight through. (I know I did!) And then you're left contemplating the universe and all the possibilities and what-ifs that Zack's books put forth.  I'll leave you with a quote from Shift (Book #1 Chronoshift Trilogy): "The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once."

What is your name?

Zack Mason

Describe your books/genre to our readers.

I always have trouble with this question as my interests and writing genre vary so much. So far, I've written stories that fall in every genre from Mystery to Western, to Sci Fi Thriller, to Apocalyptic Suspense - and now I'm finding myself branching out into non-fiction, i.e. an examination of spiritual symbolism that might be encoded in nature. I know publishers would sure like me to choose one specific genre and stick with it, but I'm not sure I could ever be happy doing that. I have to go where the inspiration is.

How and why did you become an author? Do you write full time?

Ever since high school, I wanted to take a stab at writing a novel, but, frankly, I never got around to it and the demands of running my own business always crowded out what spare time I might have dedicated to writing. Then, in 2005, a series of unusual events compelled me to finally break off enough time to get my first novel off the ground. Ever since then, I spend a significant part of every week writing, even at the expense of neglecting my businesses if I have to. I've found that if I don't spend time writing, bad things start to happen...

What inspires you?

Nature, music, coffee, rainy days. Aside from the normal physical cues like those, I do feel that God inspires me a good bit. Many times, I get these crazy good ideas that just pop into my head out of nowhere. I believe He is the source of all positive creativity.

Describe a typical day.

My days always start with family. My wife and I have three young children, so we spend some time together and then I take the older ones to school. After that, I head to the office and once there, I immediately scope out where I think my safest writing nook will be for the next few hours, and then I launch into writing (After some typical distractions with reading the news). By "safest," I mean the place I think is least likely for my staff or other interested parties to find me. The rest of the day is usually torn between writing and dealing with business interruptions or ministry opportunities (questions, requests, problems to solve). After every interruption, though, I can just put the earbuds back in, and the music will put me right back in the writing mood. I usually knock off work around 6pm - 7pm, have dinner with my family, play with the kids, put them to bed, and the spend some time with my wife watching TV or seeing a movie. Then, after 11pm, if I don't think I got enough work done during the day, I'll do more work until around 2am or so. Otherwise, I'll just read until that time. Weekends are all about having fun and relaxing!

What are 3 fun things we should know about you?

1. I love foreign languages and puzzles, and I think the perfect job would be hunting treasures like Indiana Jones. 2. I once slipped and fell in the mud in front of a hut in an unfamiliar village in the middle of Bangladesh, and a frail old woman picked me up and washed me off. 3. A number of years ago, I took a "writing" drive-trip to Nashville by myself. I quickly discovered that the only place to write while on the road is a coffee shop. By the time I returned home, I found I'd developed a type of Pavlovian Dog response where I could no longer write unless I smelled coffee in front of me. I think I'm just now weaning myself off of that.

What are your goals for next year?

My next book, "The Gospel According to Nature," will be released in January. If all goes well, I hope to see my next novel, "AidanSong" released in late spring or summer. Outside of writing, we're hoping to expand the businesses and ministry, as well as build a new house and see our new baby girl start walking!

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Posted on January 8, 2014 and filed under Writer Wednesday.