ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Fully recovered from the
practice of law, as well as turns in the corporate wheelhouse and
several university adjunct appointments, John W. "Mac" MacIlroy
began writing creatively in 2016. His first book, a co-authored
collection of "mostly, 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, and a sequel is
in the works. Tony Dow, who played "Wally Cleaver" on Leave It
Beaver, said of Rocket Scientists "What fun!" It was like
hanging around with Lumpy, Eddie and the guys from the show," and
best-selling author Pat Conroy called it "a great book about
Turning to short fiction, his stories have appeared in Short
Fiction Break, Short Story America, Catfish Stew, Ebb & Flow,
Reflections, and Y'all Magazine, which named his "Duke's"
a "Best of 2019 Short Story." "The Man Inside" was a
in the 2021 Coker Fellowship in Fiction, as well as the Excellence
in Southern Lowcountry Writing competition. His story "Three Buses"
was named the winner of the 2021 Amy Munnell Prize.
With a sly take on the world-at-large, he is a
frequent and entertaining guest at book signings, book clubs,
workshops and festivals, and his support of the independent
booksellers community was recognized in 2021 as an author member of
the Book Industry Charitable Foundation Leadership Circle.
A graduate of Yale College, Harvard, and the University of Virginia
School of Law, he lives along a Carolina tidal creek with his wife
and a painted ceramic dodo named duMont.