About the Book by Hawk MacKinney
Hidden Chamber of Death is a compelling tale of intrigue, murder, deception and suspense that leads retired Navy SEAL/part-time private investigator Craige Ingram in search of the connection between seemingly random murders and a banking conspiracy. Working with the local homicide investigator, who just happens to be a former Navy buddy, Craige Ingram’s attempts to protect a lonely widow and solve the case before another person dies are only thwarted by a psychotic killer whose motivation is based on pure depraved pleasure.
In this first book of the MOCCASIN HOLLOW MYSTERY SERIES, the instincts and skills Ingram and his buddy acquired as Navy SEALS are tested to their limits.
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We asked Hawk to share a little with us about how he budgets for his writing…
Budgeting is a definite yes…and the real slot-filler is budgeting time. Money is just a tool. Time is irreplaceable…maybe that’s the definition of birthdays. Paying the bills can’t be ignored, BUT not budgeting time can prove more expensive.
Words per day—a wasted goal never indulged. Word count is a measuring stick…wordy counting is no measure of quality. More often than not it bores the reader. There’re times that chug holes in a paragraph or sections of a plot or setting wart at me…usually a read flag tellin’ this storyteller that somethin’ is wrong, and more often it’s flagging me to delete junk & tighten it. Don’t ever forget your reader.
Writing routine—up early…430-5am for a USMarine Corps cup of thick-kick raw coffee that’s kissin’ cousin to toffee. Take a tea break about 930-10 for a snack & long lunch—no coffee. Back at it about 2pm. Break at five. From 7-930 & shut down the computer. Not a hard and fast schedule, but one that agitates a Triassic irritation if painting with worlds is interrupted. Keep a notepad with me for murder & mayhem solutions or new twists or new killings in the big pieces & slurry. Luv it!
Certain number of books per yr—is a definite “No”. It often works that way, and comes back to budgeting TIME. The author may have the final copyright say-so, BUT one must consider the publishing team & the demands on them…one’s consequences of decisions. Not considered can wreck a winning team. Everything above board…no glitches lets the creative juices flow fierce and strong.
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About the Author
Internationally acclaimed author and public speaker, Hawk MacKinney began writing mysteries for his school newspapers. Following graduation, he served in the US Navy for over 20 years. While serving as a Navy Commander, he also had a career as a full-time faculty member at several major state medical facilities. He earned two postgraduate degrees with studies in languages and history. He has taught postgraduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem, Israel.
In addition to professional articles and texts on fetal and adult anatomy, Hawk has authored several novels that have received national and international recognition. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel, was nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. This was followed by the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. In a change of direction, October of 2012 saw the release of Hawk’s first science fiction novel, The Bleikovat Event, in The Cairns of Sainctuarie series. Volume II in The Cairns of Sainctuarie series, The Missing Planets, was released in 2014 with Volume III in the works.
Hawk’s latest project focuses on The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Book 1 in the series, Hidden Chamber of Death, was just released, and Book 2 in the series, Westobou Gold, will be released in the fall.