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Interview With…. Craig A McDonough

Hi Readers. Today I welcome Craig A. McDonough. Craig was born in Melbourne, lived here for most of his life til 2011 when he packed up and moved to the US to get married, and he now resides on the edge of the Mojave Desert. He loves a good horror/thriller/ crime novels and films.

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Craig, welcome to my blog. Please tell our readers about yourself.
My first story ever written was in high school. Some years later I submitted a story for a Herald-Sun
competition, but I didn’t win 😦

Always had a story or 2 on my mind and dabbled with writing but it wasn’t until 2012 that I started writing seriously after my wife’s encouragement. She is a very creative person herself (an artist & writer) and it helps to be around others of like mind. In 2013 I self published the first 2 books/parts of my novel “The Chronicles of Vladimir” and in 2014 added the final 2 books/parts and published in a single volume. The book has just had a title change to “Horror at Pine Ridge” the mysterious cemetery in the story.

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In 2014 I submitted – and was successful- a short story called “She Said” to a horror anthology “Happy Little Horrors“. Towards the end of 2014, my current project “Toward the Brink” (an apocalyptic novel), was accepted for publication by Winlock Press an imprint of Permuted Press. It was released on February 24 2015. Its the first of a 4 book series.

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What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee, Oh, and have to feed the Dogs, Cats and Horse !

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
It would probably have to be someone from another planet – I’d like to meet someone with real intelligence at least once which obviously leaves humans out. lol

What’s the story behind your latest book?
Apocalypse, post apocalypse survival

What are you working on next?
I’m currently writing the final book for the Brink series titled “Back from the Brink” (which could be doubtful in itself) as well as preparing a new story set in a lovely small town with picturesque scenery… it just happens to have a serial killer on the rampage. Just to liven things up a bit. On top of that I’m writing a short thriller/suspense type story that will be available only to subscribers of my newsletter – FREE – however, it will be professionally edited.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I’m pretty intuitive and perceptive of others thoughts – not all but most.

Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen king (doesn’t everyone say that?) James Scott Bell, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson James M. Cain. and have lately become interested in Dashiel Hammet and Raymond Chandler.

What do you like to do with your free time?
Play guitar listen to some good music

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
At the moment I’d would like to get 2 good length novels (around 50-60k words) and 1 anthology out per year plus 4 novella’s (about 25k words each) as well this year will be 4 novels at 50k words plus and maybe 3 novella’s so its kind of backward but thats ok. 🙂

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Where can people find you on the web?
Web: www.craigamcdonough.com
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Craig-A.-McDonough/e/B00G9FZW26
Toward The Brink book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvDPDLswZCI
Facebook
Goodreads

Any final thoughts?
I would just like to thank you for the opportunity to talk about what I’m doing , I appreciate it.

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Left Behind (2014) – Movie Review

Left Behind (2014)
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Lea Thompson, Cassi Thomson
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Plot: A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.

Left Behind (2014)

Review: While some movies touch on the subject of the rapture, and even fewer explore Biblical themed movies, there are those “bible inspired” movies which I would recommend, and those that I would personally like to see destroyed and erased from existence.

Left Behind is a film that we both enjoyed, and actually had Anna asking me questions about the Rapture. While the exact account of the rapture is not clearly evident in 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

Left Behind tells the story of a small group of survivors who are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.

Nicolas Cage plays Rayford Stelle. He is airplane pilot for a major commercial airline, married to Irene (Lea Thompson), who is a devout born again Christian. During a routine flight from NY to London, a handful of people onboard the flight suddenly vanish, along with one of the air-hostesses and his co-pilot. Not knowing what has happened, he races against his own inner demons and time to make sense of the chaos and to keep the passengers and remaining crew sane.

It didn’t long before Ray finds out that not only did some of his passengers vanish without a trace, but the same has happened all over the world. Millions of people have vanished, and it soon starts to dawn on him that it wasn’t an alien abduction, but the rapture his wife had been telling him about.

Wondering why he had been left behind soon comes to light, as he had been having an ongoing affair with the air-hostess (played by Nicky Whelan).

Cassi Thomson plays the role of Ray’s wayward daughter, Chloe, who also must comes to terms with what happened.

Left Behind has been slammed by some, and praised by others. That being said, if you put the religious aspect aside when you watch it, what you have is a film that tells the story of one family,from their POV, struggling to make sense of a world gone to chaos, and fighting their own inner demons and moralities.

Even though the film ended with Ray landing the plane safely back to NY, I did feel that more of this needed to be explored, and I am sure that the directors will continue on with the series in due time.

The acting centered mostly on Cage, and that is fine as he is a good actor in his own right. The SPX scenes were great. But it did need an element more to this film, apart from the ending we saw.

I would recommend this to anyone who can put religion aside and watch it for what it is.

Verdict: Apocalypse Without The Zombies…
My Rating: 8 out of 10.

 

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