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Thanks for the visit. I hope you return to chat and share your blogs.

I’ve been writing songs since I was quite young. After realizing the songs were actually short books, I decided to take a shot at writing a novel. I loved it. I wanted to create this blog site to share my thoughts on writing and to get your thoughts. The best way to learn is to listen to those who have tread before you. My first blog was a simple question. Have any of you tried to write a book based on a song? Give it a try. It might get you rolling on a new book. A lot of times all you need is start.

Give me some feedback if you try this. Hope to see you back here soon.


Cam Derringer is in it Knee Deep

If you need to escape the winter cold, follow Cam Derringer to Key West where he’ll warm your heart and make you laugh as he works his way through Terrorist and beautiful women to save thousands of Marines and innocent citizens.http://www.amazon.com/MAC-FORTNER/e/B007F1SLY4/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_nu_CbAtpb1FC8CCD

The Guitar playing sleuth must find the men responsible for his wife’s death.


5 star

The likeable and interesting characters connect you to the story and the plot turns within Knee Deep keep you guessing at the ending. A page-turner. Ready for book 2!

4 star

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Knee Deep in Trouble, January 22, 2015
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Cam Derringer, a private investigator out of Key West, is abducted and left beaten, naked, and unconscious on an isolated, dark road when he runs afoul of a gang of boat-jackers. He is found by the beautiful Jenny, who quickly insinuates herself into his life, both professionally and personally. Soon, his partner goes missing, reminding Cam of the unsolved case of his lost wife. Events move quickly as the author weaves a tale full of intrigue populated by the colorful and shady characters who inhabit the exotic locale. Untangling the truth from the lies takes all of Cam’s skill as he gradually realizes the boat-jackers are deadly dangerous and plotting a much more insidious purpose.
The story is told in a straight forward style, full of conversational asides and interesting characters. I enjoyed the avuncular relationship Cam had with his assistant, the lovely Diane. I developed an immediate affection for several of the characters, in particular the wayward bartender Dave, whose carefree lifestyle is complicated by his attraction to women of questionable sanity.
Anyone who enjoys a fast paced contemporary mystery will enjoy “Knee Deep.” The author Mac (Cam?) Fortner, a native Hoosier, indicates this is the first in a proposed series, so further adventures of the guitar-playing sleuth with a fondness for Wild Turkey and pretty women may be on the horizon. It is my hope that Cam Derringer takes his place in the private eye canon along side Remington Steele, Magnum PI, and John Shaft.
“Knee Deep” is an entertaining, engrossing, and easy read. I could happily envision it as a successful television series. .


Authors—Songwriters—Are the same?


Hello Friends

Welcome to my new blog site (still building) where you can leave comments and helpful tips for other Authors and Songwriters.

I started writing songs as a young man and still enjoy it. You can’t beat music to brighten your day. I realized that all my songs were really short stories. I decided to write a novel using the stories from my songs. It worked!! It was actually fun. Now I enjoy writing books as much as I do songs, maybe even more.

It could work either way. Book before Song—-Song before Book. Anyone else try this?

You can check out– Rum City Bar– my first book from a song at   http://www.amazon.com/MAC-FORTNER/e/B007F1SLY4/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_nu_CbAtpb1FC8CCD