Geoffrey McMahon, the author of The Mysterious Book of Secrets, released his book in 2020. We wanted to catch up with the new author and see how life has been treating him since he was published.
Did you always dream of becoming an author?
No, it’s something of a surprise that I have become one. When I started writing it was more as a way of exploring and engaging my imagination than wanting to be an author. I think I have always had a lively imagination.
What was your first job?
My first job was as an apprentice painter and decorator on a large building site. I have had quite a few different jobs since then, including tin mining and antique furniture restoration.
How did you come about writing your book? Was that your intention or did you start writing for fun?
I didn’t intend to write a book. I wrote one short story for fun, then another, then another, until a book just sort of ‘happened’.
What was your life like before you became an author?
Before becoming an author my life was largely about the work I do, and being a bookkeeper and accountant my mind needed to be quite tightly focused and rational. But now, in order to write, perhaps especially because of the sort of stuff I write, I need to give my mind space to dream, to wander. I need to create the space for ideas to arise from the non-rational part of my being. I think being a Buddhist/Pagan (or perhaps that should be Pagan/Buddhist, as it’s not easy to differentiate them) has fed my imagination and given me a sense of something beyond what we normally regard as ‘reality’.
Did you face any struggles before becoming an author? If so, how did you overcome them?
I tend to see things as challenges, rather than obstacles. There were no particular challenges in becoming an author, but I have found that life in general is always providing challenges to be faced. I have had quite a few different jobs, and every new occupation has presented me with new challenges. Also moving home always presents challenges, especially for me, moving from Cornwall to London. I have found that the only way to deal with a challenge is to deal with it. ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ to quote the title of a well-known book on the subject.
Now that you are a published author, how has your life changed, if at all?
I’m spending more time on writing what I hope will become my second book, but so far not a lot else has changed.
Can you please describe a typical day in your life now?
My day is divided up between work (bookkeeping and accounting) and writing, which I like to do in our fairly wild garden, surrounded by trees and wild creatures, occasionally taking a day off to meet up with friends.
What is the most memorable moment of your life as an author?
Receiving the email informing me that my book had been accepted for publication.
In a few words, how would you review your
experience with Pegasus Publishers?
I have found working with Pegasus to be very straightforward, and their editing of my work has shown me how to improve my writing.
Why did you choose Pegasus Publishers?
I was looking on-line for a literary agent and came across Pegasus Publishers where it was a simple matter to upload my work directly to the publishers.
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