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A Conversation with Author John “Mac” MacIlroy

Featuring: John MacIlroy

In this podcast, we feature Author John “Mac” MacIlroy, retired attorney, now a writer of both memoir and fiction. His first book, a co-authored collection of zany and “mostly true” stories of his gently mis-spent boyhood, was featured on national syndicated radio in the summer of 2018. Tony Dow, who played “Wally Cleaver” on Leave It to Beaver,” said this about it: “What fun! Reading NOT EXACTLY ROCKET SCIENTISTS and Other Stories was like hanging out with Eddie, Lumby, and the guys from the show.”

His upcoming book, WHATEVER HAPPENS, PROBABLY WILL, goes in a different direction, a collection of short, powerful stories “told in tight places,” as the critic Sam Sacks likes to call the form.

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    A Conversation with Author John “Mac” MacIlroy
    John MacIlroy

A Conversation with Author John “Mac” MacIlroy

  • John, tell us more about your book NOT EXACTLY ROCKET SCIENTISTS.
  • What do you have coming up – any sequels planned?
  • How will your most recent book, WHATEVER HAPPENS, PROBABLY WILL, be different?
  • Can potential readers of your books get samples of your writing?
  • What type of reader will enjoy your books?
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John MacIlroy

A graduate of Yale College, Harvard, and the University of Virginia School of Law, John W. “Mac” MacIlroy began writing creatively in 2016. His first book, a co-authored collection of “mostly true” stories of a zany boyhood, was published in 2017. Not Exactly Rocket Scientists and Other Stories was featured on syndicated national radio, including iHeart Media’s Unplugged and Totally Uncut, Sports USA, and The Charlotte Reader’s Podcast. Best-selling author Pat Conroy called it “a great book about friendship,” and a sequel is in the works. Turning to short fiction, his stories have appeared in Short Story America, Catfish Stew, Short Fiction Break, Ebb & Flow, Reflections, and Y’all Magazine. That magazine named his story “Duke’s” a “Best of 2019 Short Story,” and his story “The Man Inside” was named a Finalist in the 2021 Coker Fiction Fellowship competition.

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