Most writers know of Chip MacGregor. He’s legendary. But, if you’re unfamiliar with his long list of career successes, you’ve probably at least heard about his kilt-wearing, fun-loving, sometimes-snarky self.
Today we get the rare opportunity to take a peek behind the curtain to see who he really is…outside of writing or agenting. If you’ve ever wondered about Chip, read on!
LN: How would you describe yourself in five words?
CM: Very. Much. Like. Brad. Pitt. Or, if you need something better, how about:
Loves humor, books, words, God.
LN: As writers, most of the time we’re quaking in our boots at the thought of approaching an industry professional. What intimidates you?
CM: What intimidates me? Um… on the book side, not much. I have a great appreciation for those who are more gifted at something than me, so I love reading someone such as Lisa Samson or Gina Holmes or Susan Meissner, who are so ridiculously talented they amaze me. But they don’t intimidate me, I just appreciate talent. But on the personal side, I’m intimidated by bad cab drivers, large mean drunks, cancer, heights, the US debt, and car trouble.
LN: When you’re not spending your time working, reading or writing, what are some of your hobbies or favorite family past times? How do you relax?
CM: I read history for pleasure (Barbara Tuchman is a favorite), play music and sing with a group of people, and LOVE talking, practicing, and performing card magic. We’ve always enjoyed traveling, and have spent a lot of time over in Europe. I also enjoy dancing and good wine, which I mention because I think the combination of dancing, drinking, and playing cards might very well scare off some of your more conservative members!
LN: What does your dream vacation look like?
CM: I fly to Kauai. I sit on a beach. I read books. I have great meals that are shared with friends. We listen to live music and dance. My cell phone fails to ring, unless it’s one of my kids calling to say they just wanted to ask about my day. Occasionally a publisher emails me to share the good news that an author I have the pleasure of working with has just hit the New York Times bestseller list. We celebrate by drinking a mai tai. The perfect vacation…
LN: Brad Pitt, card magic, and dancing…all things I learned about Chip from this interview. (Personally, I’ve been traumatized by a bad comedy show involving card magic. One of those horrible moments when the entertainer called me to the stage and used me for their material. Chip, I hope you’re tricks are used for good and not evil!)
Stayed tuned for more with the hilarious Chip!
Did you learn anything today about Chip MacGregor? Chip enjoys card magic. Do you have any secret hobbies?