I received spam from your site, why are you sending spam?
I never send out spam or unsolicited commercial email. The ony thing I will send out is a newsletter, once that's up and running, and that will be something you will need to request. You will have the option to opt out at any time.
Are you really a werewolf?
Unfortunately no, though I wish I were. I really hate characters who get turned into werewolves and then spend their lives complaining about it. I would gladly bear that burden! I would love to become one. The chances of me shifting into wolf form and never getting any writing done is 100% though, so I'll leave that to you to decide whether this would be a good thing or not.
How do I find out if you're going to be doing any book signings or appearances?
At this time, I do not have anything published so there won't be any for the forseeable future. That said, once I start doing these things, they will be announced on ianmactire.com as well as on Twitter and Instagram.
Do you have a Facebook page?
What is the best way to contact you?
If you wish to get ahold of me, you can do so by filling out the contact form under the Contact Me link, or by going to my Instagram and Twitter accounts. These are the best ways of ensuring that I get your message.
What is your political affiliation?
Independent. I don't vote along political lines, but based on what I feel to be right based on the principles of justice and equality for all, recognizes people's dignity, and gives all people equal rights. I believe people should have the freedom to live their best lives, as long as it's between consenting adults.
What is your religion?
I am a recovering Christian. I was raised in various Christian sects but I am no longer practicing. I consider myself Agnostic.
Why did you become a writer?
I've always wanted to be a writer, since I was a kid in high school. After many years of false starts, I decided it was now or never.
Who are some of your influences/favorite authors?
I'm an avid reader, so there's a lot. In the interest of keeping this short and not its own webpage, here are some of my favorite authors (in no particular order, and off the top of my head): Clive Barker, Brian Lumley, Ania Ahlborn, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, HP Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, RE Howard, Neil Gaiman, Octavia Butler, Kurt Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams.
Where do you get your ideas?
Here, there, everywhere. Sometimes the muses whisper into my ear, othertimes it's from a full blown nightmare. I have no idea where these ideas come from, but I'm grateful all the same.
Do I need anything special to start writing?
An idea, paper, and some kind of writing instrument, such as a pen or pencil. That's it. Anything else is up to you, but don't let it get in your way.
What do you use for writing?
A combination of laptop and smart phone, because I can type faster than I can handwrite.
Scivener, from Literature and Latte, a writing program that was built from the ground up with writers in mind. You can use this software to write short stories, novellas, novels, blog posts, screen plays, scripts, and much more.
Evernote, an app that allows me to keep track of all of my story ideas and notes, and allows me to access these across the various devices.
This is my system that I found works the best for me, you may need something different to be efficient and that's okay. Please note that I am not getting paid anything to mention these products, they have no idea that I'm using them and mentioning them here.
Can you give me some writing tips?
Sorry, but as a struggling first time writer (as of the time of writing this), I have as much info as you can get by doing a Google search. That said, any tips, tricks or information that I can offer will be found in my Empty Pages podcast (yes, I'm plugging my podcast, deal with it).
Can you tell me the name of a good agent/publisher?
I would love to know that information as well. I don't currently have one, but I'm sure that I would not be in their good graces if I just gave you their names. It largely depends on your style of writing, so even if I had an agent or publisher, they might not be a good fit for your style. You can always check out Literary Market Place and Writer's Market though. Good luck!
Do you accept story ideas?
No, I have plenty of ideas of my own.
Will you read my manuscript and let me know what you think?
No, for multiple reasons. First, I'm busy trying to get my own stuff written. Second, if I did it for one person, I'd have to do it for others in the interest of fairness, and once I started it would likely spiral out of control and leave me little to no time to write my own stuff. Finally, while I'm not going to steal anyone's idea(s), I'm also not interested in possibly getting sued for plagiarism. It's much safer to never read that manuscript.
Would you be interested in reading an advanced reader copy (ARC) and providing a review?
Yes and no.
Yes, if I have the time to do so, and it sounds interesting, regardless of genre.
No, if I don't have the time, and it's in a genre I have zero interest in (mostly romance or paranormal romance).
If you would like to see if I'm available to read and review it, please feel free to reach out to me via the Contact Me link on this site. If you do reach out to me, please be patient. I'm not always able to reply right away.
Will you make me a character in one of your stories?
No. The story always comes first and you might not like how you're represented. Also, I have no desire to open myself up for possible legal ramifications should you decide that you own the copyright to the story because you're in it.
Empty Pages Podcast
Everyone has a podcast, what makes yours so special?
Aside from the fact that it features me and my take on things (which no other podcast has), this podcast was born out of a frustration of being a first time writer. There are countless articles, YouTube videos, and podcast episodes breaking down things like how to craft the perfect opening sentence all the way to getting an agent or publisher. What I never found was something that showed the process from initial idea to first draft and beyond. I found nothing that indicated my struggles were normal, and this is where Empty Pages comes in.
Where did the name Empty Pages come from?
The same muses who give me story ideas, I'm sure. The name came from the idea that every story starts out as an empty page, and since my goal is to help other would be writers fill them, I think it fits perfectly.
What is the music that is used in the intro and outro for Empty Pages?
The intro song is called "Last Drink", and the outro is called "Bye Bye". Both are by an artist named Crowander, and you can find this and many other of the artist's songs, by going to crowander.com.
I would love to have you on as a guest on my podcast. How do I go about arranging that?
Easy, just contact me via the Contact Me link on ianmactire.com, or via Instagram and Twitter. Let me know the name of your podcast, and the reason for wanting me on. I'll check out your podcast and if it aligns with my own core values, I will be in touch and we can arrange things from there.
Can I be a guest on Empty Pages?
While I'm not ruling out having guests at some point, as of now, it's no. This is currently a solo operation. However, if I do decide to open it up to guests, I will make the announcement on ianmactire.com and on my Twitter and Instagram accounts, so feel free to follow those.
If I have you on as a guest on my podcast, can I be a guest on Empty Pages?
At this time, I'm not doing guests, but it's not out of the question for the future. If I decide to have guests, I will make an announcement and you will be more than welcome to contact me about that at that time, provided you fit the criteria. If I'm a guest on your podcast, I will for sure plug the hell out of it.
Your website is awesome/awful. Who designed it?
As of the time of writing this, this is a one man job, so all credit/blame goes to me.
That's an amazing werewolf head. Can I use it?
I know, right? Short answer, no.
Long answer, no, as the werewolf head is a personalized logo and trademark, that is used for both myself and this website. The werewolf's features incorporate my very own real life features. Why would you want to use something that was designed specifically for someone else? If you're looking for something that "fits" you, far better to hire an artist to design it for you, to your specifications.
Who did your werewolf head?
An artist friend of mine named Cassie. She's an amazing artist and you can see her artwork and contact her here on her Instagram account. She's also for hire, so if you're looking for an artist to bring your concept to life, I highly recommend her. In addition to this artwork, she has done other artwork for me for other projects and I have not been disappointed. Please do not tell her that I said you would get a discount, because a) that would be a lie, and b) she would know that you are lying.
I don't believe in asking for the "friends and family discount", because I believe in supporting my friends and family in their business endeavors (provided it's not something janky like an MLM, pyramid scheme, or something illegal). I also don't believe in asking for that discount for other friends and family, much less strangers. Plus, artists make their living doing art, and deserve to be paid for their talents. If you don't feel a specific artist is worth the price they quote you, then find a different artist or do it yourself. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk.