Here at Danville Public Library, we are proud to feature the works of more than 150 local authors. Each Monday, we are featuring one of our beloved local authors by sharing a bit about them and their work.
This week, we feature local author, John R. McCool III. He and his sister/writing partner, M.I.H. McCool, have just published their first book, McCool Mythos: Tales of the Dark & Mysterious.
We asked him a few questions about his past and present work, his favorite books, and what his writing process is like.
What made you decide to start writing? Did you (or do you currently) have another career?
I started writing when I was around ten years old. I’ve always had such an exuberant imagination, even more than other kids my age. My sister started writing way before I did, so she kind of guided me to putting my imagination on paper, which followed me into adulthood.
What do you love about writing? What is challenging about it?
Honestly, the one thing I love most about writing is bringing these worlds to life. Even today I still put myself on autopilot at work and craft these intricate stories in my head, and jot down notes on my phone when I can. The most challenging part? Marketing myself. The modern author has to be so much more than just a writer. They have to be a marketer, publicist, and essentially be their own hype-man.
Do you have a writing routine? Daily? Whenever the fancy hits you?
Usually it was whenever I had a spare moment of peace, but with all the amazing, new additions to my life, it’s hard to get that. Going forward into 2022, I’ve made it my goal to write at least 100 words a day. If I can develop a routine, I know the writing process would be a little easier.
Which of your books gave you the most pleasure in writing? Which was the hardest?
I only have one published book at the moment, but it was a joy to write. Growing up watching “The Twilight Zone” and reading H.P. Lovecraft [books] allowed horror to flow on the paper with ease.
What’s one piece of advice you’d offer to young or beginning writers?
Simply don’t give up. Imposter syndrome lives inside of your head, and will fade with time. Just remember that if you put words on paper you ARE a writer. It doesn’t matter how long it takes or the quantity you produce. Being a writer is a personal journey. No two paths will be the same for people. As long as you love what you do, and you put it out for people to read, you are successful.
You’re stranded on an island with one book (written by another author). Which book did you bring?
The Art of War by Sun Tzu. There’s hasn’t been a non-fiction book that’s had more of an impact on my life.
Any books in progress at the moment? Expected publishing date?
Yes actually. I’m currently writing 2 novels and a novella. Two of these will most likely be released this year!
We’re so grateful for this author’s participation in our featured post. Be sure to grab your copy of John’s new book!