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Beloved Enemy joined Starquest and Children of the Mist to continue the Destiny Trilogy and I'm thrilled to announce was shortlisted for the R.N.A. RoNA Awards 2017, awarded 2nd Runner up in the RONE Awards 2017 and was the winner in the SF/Fantasy category of the 'Best Banter Contest'.

Tuesday 9 June 2015

An Exclusive Interview with Hawk MacKinney - author of The Cairns of Sainctuarie and other novels

I am really excited to welcome Hawk to the Flight Deck once more and thrilled that he has agreed to share some more about himself and his books.  

Good morning, Hawk - get the service drone to bring you something cool and refreshing while you relax and tell us a little more about yourself, with three things not many people know...

Hawk: OR maybe they do.
1    Ego and confidence make a matched team BUT in no way shies away from giving credit for the help I’ve been fortunate to receive.

2    Getting a genuine thrill out seeing a mind with dreams supported by those they love & love them; watching them train/work/fail/learn/grow & finally blossom into gifted creative artist(s) or trained creative professional(s) in the unbelievable grandeur-architecture of living things…plant or animal to me are the same. Kind’a makes artist & healer the same.

 3   Having had the good fortune to have an expanded education that gave me many doors to use/choose.

HL:   Great answer Hawk, Now ... what do you do for fun when not writing?

Hawk: Read historical non-fiction or the latest scientific quantum revelations out of CERN…some outstanding quantum physics authorities that have a writers-gift few ‘scientist-researchers’ possess…they express their work in terms the person in the street.

HL:  So when did you start writing?

     HAWK: the sixth grade for my class weekly news sheet…a serial mystery.

HL:  Ah, I suspect many of us started writing that way.  I'm curious - what comes first for you: the plot or the characters?

HAWK:  Depends on how the idea strikes me. Title & plot…I carry a notepad with me constantly, or during the night when resolution to a plot slams me wide awake…I luv it.

 HL:   Oh yes, when inspiration calls she (or he) doesn't worry about the time! Tell us about your

latest release and what you think readers will enjoy about it.

 HAWK: There are 2 latest release, an Ingram thriller, Walking the Pet & Vol-II in the Cairns sci-fi(s), The Missing Planets. Enjoy? Like in any told tale or play or film it’s the identity with the character interplay that’s the interplay of the tale. All else is tasty whipped cream & fresh strawberries.

 HL:   Love the analogy! If someone were to play one of  your characters in a movie, which character and what actor would it be and why?
HAWK:  Probably Travis van Winkle…he started young in castings I’ve never heard of, but I’ll watch R&R action films to get my mind off edits and manuscripts. Character(s) developed during the film(s), as in any of the creative arts, he brings confidence and experience and crafted tools added to screen presence that makes his role(s) living-real. In my sci fi series The Cairns of Sainctuarie, for the Murian protagonist…Keanu Reeves…eyes, facial and physical expression, he can become a poker-faced stoic in a crisis. Same with books. My Since women characters are some my favorites…I’d have to think on that...they’re very special.

 HL:  Aw, it's not always easy casting for your books is it! Have you a favorite actress?  

HAWK: Ingrid Bergman, Katherine Hepburn, Olivia de Havilland…I’m dating myself, but these actresses don’t need paparazzi or media blitz to be so-called stars. These actresses let their craft speak for them…most certainly not available to cast as young widow of a SEAL.

HL:   They were certainly amazing actors. What have you learned about writing since you were published that surprised you the most? 

HAWK: Characters that step off the pages can hold any plot…example sci-fi OR any tale well-spun.

HL:   Oh I couldn't agree more Hawk, I love it when characters become so real they 'step off the pages' as you say. So what’s you’re writing process? Has it changed since writing your first book?

HAWK: Yes and no. Editing is the key. Honesty, sometimes brutal honesty with the figure in the mirror is essential. I don’t think there is “a” single process. One does what is comfortable; writing is so very private. My man-cave solitude is my world when I’m interweaving characters with each other, the plots and within themselves.

HL:  I certainly agree with you about the editing, and the honesty! Do you listen to music when you write and if so, what kind of music – or do you find it  distracts you?
HAWK:…the great classics, Chopin, Beethoven, Sibelius, Smetana’s Má vlast 
HL:  I rather enjoy listening to the classics myself when I write.  Now, do you have a support system? Do you have a writing community? What valuable lessons have you learned from them?

HAWK: A support system - yes. A writing community - yes. The most valuable lesson in constructive editing (not criticism but learning) only from individuals with goals/examples I respect…in Southron-speak civilized. I take very hard looks at any decision (including my own) about altering/changing a manuscript/cover/title.

HL:  You are so right.  Sometimes you have to think really hard about prospective changes. Enquiring minds want to know - what is your personal definition of success?

HAWK: Listen to your heart/Learn from those that want to help/Turn mistakes into learning  opportunities.

HL:   That is actually great advice! What is your favorite source of inspiration?

HAWK:  A lifetime of respected smart common-sense individuals, most of them gone, some who helped from a sense of, as you expressed, “…helping to promote [fellow authors] others who work hard to dream/live their dreams.”

HL:  And is there any advice, as a new writer, that you were either given, or wish you had  been given?

HAWK: Not advice but examples set by those I respect: Believe in your dreams; never say NO to yourself & never quit.

HL:  I think that should be in large letters above every writer or artist's desk! What sort of research do you do for your books and what’s your favorite source of information.

HAWK: Depends a lot on the settings/characters/plots I’ve visited BUT not grown up in and around.    Example: being born and raised in the SoWest (Tex/Ark/Ok) gave me little firsthand touch and feel for the history of The Late Great Unpleasantness…i.e. The War Between the States. Placing ancestors of the serial protagonist in the Ingram mystery series into/against dealing with such a background, and especially in So.Carolina, demanded not stumbling over relevant facts. Being a history nerd was a plus; knowing the details of that upheaval as a background for Moccasin Trace was De rigueur in the French meaning…in strictness. Southron <Scottish origin which you might well be familiar] families in the deep heart of Dixie know their history cold…most of it from family ties. The same for creating a world/language/race/DNA of a species foreign to our spaceship Earth…one can stumble all too easy in such artificial, yet not quite artificial, worlds. Research—digging where the dust-trails take BUT digging in detail. “Ain’t it fun!”

HL:   Absolutely, I love research!  Now, just for fun, if you were an animal, which one do you think you would be, and why?

HAWK: Probably a German shepherd…they’re elegant animals, smart, alert, easily trained & just enough wolf to be loyal to the pack, giving way more than we give them. I miss mine terribly.

 HL:  Aw, I've never had a German shepherd, although I've had dogs (and horses) all my adult life. Shepherds, as you say, are so smart and elegant. Beautiful animals.  Getting back to books, many authors relate their characters to people they know.  Is this the case with your characters and do you see yourself in any of them? 

HAWK: Absolutely…characters related to other people are usually victims in my mystery-thriller series. To write from the heart is the only write. To paraphrase Mark Twain, “If you want to know about me, read my books.”

    HL:  Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
                  The Ingram Mystery-Thriller Series
                  Craige Howelle Graeme Roynane Ingram – Craige Ingram serial protagonist

                The Cairns of Sainctuarie

                 Vol – I The Bleikovat Event *

                 Klarvkaa Etkaa Celovaa Bremanovaa – The Dowager Empress Klarvkaa

                 Herklo Korvo Celo – Korvion Elder/Korvon clan

                 Vol – II The Missing Planets

                 Eklam a’Qoc – Teratoan apprentice Outpost Terato/from the hamlet of a’Qoc

                 Herklo Korvo Celo – (same clan name/descendent) Chief Oligarch/Grand Duke

                 Vol – III [untitled]
                 Eklam a’Qoc – League Judikarr/Commander Terminus Terato
                 Herklo Korvo Celo – (same clan name) Chief Oligarch/Grand Duke

               Vol – IV [untitled]

               [characters not assigned]

               HL:  Who is your most favorite character of all time from any book?
HAWK:  Bernadine Eugénie Désirée Clary, one-time fiancé of Napoléon Bonapart. Discarded in  favor of Josephine; she married General and Marshall of France Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte. She became Dowager Queen of Sweden and Norway, founder of the Bernadotte Dynasty on the throne of Sweden to this day. Ahhh…a tale worthy of Walt Disney…a lesson in history…if we care to look. Even better…if we read.     

HL: Is there a question you really, really wish someone would ask, but they never do?   
If so what would be your reply?

HAWK: Perhaps the connection(s) that stretch from the romance of Moccasin Trace straight thru the descendant(s) of that bloodline & the traditions/duties that shaped the serial protagonist Craige Ingram. Ditto for the dual protagonists in the Cairns series…Eklam a’Qoc & Korvo.

HL:  Hawk, that is probably the most interesting answer I've ever had to that question! :) Thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog, it’s been a thrill having you here and learning more about you and your writing. I wish you much success both now and in the future.

and finally, here is a summary of Hawk's books.

With postgraduate degrees and faculty appointments in several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to professional articles and texts on chordate neuroembryology, Hawk has authored several works of fiction.

Hawk began writing mysteries for his school newspaper. His works of fiction, historical love stories, science fiction and mystery-thrillers are not genre-centered, but plot-character driven, and reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his serial protagonist in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. Vault of Secrets, the first book in the Ingram series, was followed by Nymrod Resurrection, Blood and Gold, and The Lady of Corpsewood Manor. All have received national attention.  Walking the Pet is Hawk’s latest release in the Ingram series. The first book in another mystery-thriller series is scheduled for release in 2015. The Bleikovat Event, the first volume in The Cairns of Sainctuarie science fiction series, was released in 2012. Its sequel, The Missing Planets, has just been released. Readers can connect with Hawk at:


  1. Good morning Hawk, I'm so pleased to welcome you to my blog again. Your books sound amazing and I can't wait to read them. I really enjoyed our interview and your insightful answers.

    1. From across the big pond, a foggy-on-the-river’ kuntry good morning Hywela LYN/Romance that’s ‘Out of This World’ -

      Thank U for hosting this interview, & thank U for the ‘sound amazing’ Cairns series of Sci-Fi. Hope U enjoy the read(s) of the tales told, the leap-off-the-page characters. It’s good to be back on your blog. Enjoyed the interview & a true pleasure being your guest.

      Hawk MacKinney

  2. You're so welcome Hawk, it's a real pleasure having you as my special guest!

    1. Hywela LYN/Romance that’s ‘Out of This World’ – The pleasure goes both ways. Q&A interviews/forums relax a live audience into feeling they’re involved with the back & forth stir of all manner of interest(s). I hadn’t thought of Désirée Clary Bernadotte for years. Thank U again for the invite to participate AND thank U for your stimulating questionnaire.

      Hawk MacK

  3. Wow. Great interview, guys, with some great responses. You scared me a little with the quantum physics, but I'm with you on the german shepherd. Best dogs ever! :-)

    1. Mackenzie CROWNE – Yes…interview & interviewer were exceptionally good. If ye be a Scottish lassie <an Old Norse derivative] perhaps our introduction is between creek cousins, i.e. Southron colonial for blood or clan kith & kin. The pen name MacKinney was taken from family Clan McKinney, sept of Clan Mckenzie. Staying in the historical highland lands of the Mckenzies near Loch Gerry is always a fantastic sanctuary among the awesome beauty of crags and Cairns. I scared myself a few times while lost in the references/research of quantum physics being accomplished at CERN & other research sites worldwide. Both my german shepherds are more human than human…they’ve about got me trained. Thank U for stopping by & commenting on Lyn’s blopspot...

      Hawk MacKinney

  4. I'm with you on the dogs myself. Have two always.
    They are something else.

    1. Mary RICKSEN – They’re way more than `something else’. Their pack-loyalty is to be envied, always there, devoted & trustworthy…smarter than some kith & kin. Thank U for stopping by & commenting on Lyn’s blopspot –

      Hawk MacK

  5. Great interview. We had a German Sheppard when I was a child, but he didn't like children as much as we liked him, so my dad gave him to my uncle. Now I have a little malti-poo, I know you don't write romance, Hawk, but I just might steal your name for a romance novel because it's so cool.

    1. Lilly GAYLE – oh yes, I write romance…Moccasin Trace…the founding bloodline/clan of the serial protagonist in the Ingram Mystery series, <cover on the HOME page of my website] is a historical romance of the protagonist’s outlaws, in-laws & survivors. Ain’t dogs great! And family skeletons messy grist for tales to git told. Thank U for stopping by & commenting on Lyn’s blopspot –

      Hawk MacK

  6. Hi Mac, thanks for stopping by - I tend to agree with you about the Quantum physics - and the dogs, though I have a little terrier myself!

  7. Hi Mary, thanks so much for visiting with us today. Yes, dogs are amazing!

  8. Hi Lilly

    Thanks for your comment - I absolutely agree about Hawk's name - perfect for a main character! :)

  9. I am SO sorry! Hawk left a nice comment thanking everyone for stopping by - and somehow I managed to delete it. I do apologise, it was completely unintentional - I didn't mean to do it, honest! :(

    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    2. Hywela LYN/Romance that’s ‘Out of This World’ – backups come in handy more times than I'd like to admit. If deleting this comment is the only computer glitch that occurs you are definitely on a winning streak -

      Here's a repost>
      TO ALL COMMENTERS on Lyn’s blogspot. Just walked in the door from an early a.m. out-of-town commitment today. Logged on to hustle Lyn’s blogspot comments/replies up-to-snuff, i.e. Southron for up to date. A hearty group ‘thank U’ to each of you for stopping by her blogspot & commenting -

      Hawk MacKinney

  10. Hawk - you're a marvel! Thanks goodness for backups and special guests who are wise enough to do them! :) Thanks again for being such a fantastic guest, it's been an honour and a pleasure to have you on my blog.

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    2. Hywela LYN - Your 'thanks' goes both ways for your having me as a guest on your blog -



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