Wondertown by Mac Fallows – Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Mac Fallows

Reclusive writer and composer Mac Fallows first began pitching the idea of a musical book for teens and adults to music and book publishers in the late eighties. But without the technology to support his vision, he didn’t get far.
So instead, he set out to travel the world in search of new challenges . . . and stories. He went on to write and produce over 100 songs in a dozen languages in places including Dakar, Mumbai, Prague, and Santiago for singers including Youssou N’dour, Shankar Mahadevan, Pape and Cheikh, and Kavita Krishnamoorthy.
Along the way he lived with taxi drivers and their families, camped in farmers’ fields, butchered bulls, sold tea, raised chickens, translated travel contracts, worked as a session musician, a construction worker, a teacher, and toured the biggest festivals in Europe as a member of one of Africa’s most celebrated bands.
Wondertown is the first true musical story he’s published. It includes a full-length fantasy novel, 12 related songs and 17 illustrations.  

Interview

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Back to the past. Preferably during the years I was alive. I can think of a few moments I’d love a second crack at! 
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Flight, though being bulletproof is probably a close second.
Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird. It comes with age. 
One food you would never eat?
Those eggs with the stringy dead chicks inside. 
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because books with songs sung by the characters in them make you feel the story more deeply and remember it differently when you’re done.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m working on the follow-up to Wondertown and trying to figure out how to release a bunch of songs and stories I’ve kept to myself over the years.  
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I was pretty young, so probably a girl in my class. Or a good meal. 
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
As it’s a musical story, there are actually twelve of them!
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
The world needs you. 
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A songwriter and a novelist. And a sprinter. 
How did you know you should become an author?
It never felt like I had a choice in the matter. And ultimately, I wasn’t fast enough. 
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I see pieces of myself in almost all of them- usually the parts I didn’t have the strength to remove. 
How do you react to a bad review?
Usually, I’m grateful for the attention. 
Which authors have influence you most how?
Mervyn Peake, John Gardner, Cormac McCarthy, and John Steinbeck. I’d say it’s their storytelling, mostly, and their tone. For Wondertown, I think I was mostly leaning on Orwell and Camus.  
Favorite places to travel?

Senegal. For some reason, I had a career there once, and my in-laws are there, too.

Wondertown

Wondertown is a full-length fantasy novel from Mac Fallows that includes twelve original songs—each one an extension of the story sung by the characters themselves- and seventeen illustrations from acclaimed illustrator, Emrah Elmasli.

The story centres around Neil Abbott, an undersized, introverted eleven-year old boy with the ability to tell about people by touching their possessions. He doesn’t fit in either at home or at school and rarely speaks to anyone, with the exception of his grandmother, who has a secret talent of her own.
One day, after a particularly difficult week, Neil asks his grandmother if she thinks he’s normal, and she responds by telling him the remarkable story of an unlikely hero, who long ago crossed the five parts of the world to free his only friend from a demon lord. Filled with hidden meaning, vivid images, and songs that bring the characters to life, Wondertown is an unforgettable journey to a place inside each of us few of us dare to go.

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1 copy of Wondertown
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Ends 3/29/13



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