Interview with M. Erik Matlock

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
That's a trick question. I got older in Perry, Georgia. I aged more in Arizona, Atlanta and Macon. I actually grew up once I moved to Palm Coast, Florida. It wasn't until then that I got my priorities straight and evolved into someone my family wanted to be with again.
When did you first start writing?
Well.... The soundcheck blog didn't start until June of 2013. Seriously. But, it was born of twenty years of experience.
The Better Man blog was started on December 31st of 2012. Hours before my car burned up in the driveway... Right after telling everyone what a great year it was going to be.
Prior to that, I was the unpublished writer for several idiots who wanted ideas for dumb things to do. I also assisted my father, Glenn Matlock ( the author, not the sex pistol guy ) with comedic ideas for stuff he was working on.
I never considered myself a writer. Still not sure of that.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My first and latest book? Well, it was mostly because I needed the money. That, and the blog was becoming so successful, it seemed logical.
I never intended to cover the same stuff in the book as in the blog. There are some things that overlap, but the book covers some things I will never deal with in the blog.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Money. Yep. I have worked my goofy butt off for my entire life. I seemed like a good idea to find a way to capitalize on all that crap I learned the hard way.
The 18 years I spent in Macon, Georgia created a massive strain on my family. I made so many bad decisions there. The book is an attempt at vindication. A way to recover some of the life I surrendered there.
I don't hate Macon, but my time there was hard. Bad choice when I moved there.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smash words is giving me an audience and a market that I never would have access to. They are making these decisions and details so much easier than they should have been.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that I am making life better for the family of the people who read my stuff. I write the things I wish I had learned in those early years.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have fans?
What are you working on next?
The Better Man blog has forced my hand also. During the course of my first few months, I realized that people need to hear the stuff that saved my family.
The things that almost destroyed a twenty year marriage are openly discussed through the blog. The book is focusing on the single most important thing I learned durning that time.
Who are your favorite authors?
My dad, Dave Barry, Erwin McMannus, Joel and Kathy Davisson, Robert Alter, Robert Kyosaki, whoever writes any movie script featuring Simon Peg. Yep. That's about the whole list.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee. And the rent. Have to find a way to pay it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working my butt off. Buy the books and enable me to get some free time.
I also work with a company that builds highly modified custom cars. That's fun.
Other than that it's as much family time as possible.

We are also still active in LegalShield. ( ) providing legal services and identity theft protection. Great company.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly by searching for answer to questions I can't figure out. I don't read much fiction. Mainly stuff that solves problems for me.
Describe your desk
The dining room table is where I write. Early in the morning, with coffee and nobody else awake.
My actual desk is a sad little computer desk where I mostly complain about things that I can't do on my ipad.
What is your primary motivation to keep working?
My wife, my kids, our future beach house that is going to cost a stupid amount of money. Oh, yeah. And the next few custom bikes and cars we plan to build. That's about it.
Published 2013-09-20.
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Books by This Author

Five Critical Lessons for Husbands
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,520. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Marriage
Five Critical Lessons for Husbands is taken from the archives at and Becoming a Better Man. This short book contains valuable information learned while salvaging a 20 year marriage, even after the divorce papers.
The Art of the Soundcheck
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 27,850. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Music business
The long awaited handbook for surviving in the audio production business. Mandatory reading for anyone planing a career in sound for studio or stage. M. Erik Matlock shares a wealth of wisdom earned over 20 years in audio production. He is a veteran of church, studio, stage, touring, theater, concert, corporate and installation sound.