Interview with M.D. Massey, author of Druid Mystic
13 Mar 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, Druid Mystic?
Druid Mystic is the tenth book in my male protagonist-focused urban fantasy series, and it was a heck of a lot of fun to write. Colin is finally coming into his own as a druid, and he’s also facing some personal challenges that are forcing him to step up his game. This afforded me the opportunity to play with some new settings and deadlier antagonists. I believe readers will be quite entertained by the developments in this latest entry in the series.
What’s the last book you read?
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. I usually re-read her Mercy Thompson series every few years.
If The Colin McCool series was turned into a movie, who would you pick to play Colin?
That’s a tough one. Austin Butler from The Shannara Chronicles looks a lot like Colin, and with a strawberry blonde dye job I think he’d make an excellent druid justiciar. Chord Overstreet would also be an excellent choice, as he and Austin Butler could be brothers. However, if I had my choice I’d pick Liam Hemsworth. He has the youthful good looks and trustworthy face necessary for the role.
You’re hosting a literary dinner party. Which three writers are invited?
J.R.R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, and Stephen King. The ensuing conversation would likely be a virtual goldmine of creative reflection and a master-class in fantasy worldbuilding.
What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?
Creativity. It took me a long time to discover that I’m happiest when I am creating something I can share with others. Of course, writing fiction allows me to scratch that itch on a daily basis. It may sound cliché, but when a reader contacts me to let me know how much they’ve enjoyed one of my novels, it really makes my day. Authors need to hear positive feedback from readers, because it’s the stuff that keeps us going when the words refuse to cooperate. If you love an author’s work, reach out to let them know… and then go leave a positive review for their books on Amazon or Goodreads.
What scene in Druid Mystic was your favorite to write?
Probably the scene where Colin’s mentor shows just how powerful he is compared to his pupil. To this point I hadn’t yet shown the extent of Finnegas’ magical abilities in one of the Junkyard Druid novels. So, it was a real treat to demonstrate that power disparity in the context of a battle that is very one-sided and a turning point in the story.
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