Interview with Matthew W. Grant

What's the story behind your latest book?
It's called THE KILLER NET and it's about a serial killer who meets his victims over the Internet in 1999. They think they are meeting a nice guy who is interested in a relationship, but he's really just interested in finding his next victim.

The idea originated partly from talking to people online back in the day. There was always some level of danger because you had no idea who you were really talking to. Unfortunately, that hasn't changed. Can you really believe everything you read in an online dating profile?
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing since I was little kid in elementary school. I still remember the first novel I started. (it was on a manual typewriter. Did I just date myself too much?) I had such grand plans for that book - turning it into a whole series in fact! I had all the titles and outlines for six horror novels about the same characters.

Later in high school, I wrote stories that became popular among friends and classmates. They eagerly awaited the next installment. It probably didn't hurt that I gave them cameos in the stories!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
In addition to a dedicated Kindle, I also have several ereading apps on an iPad and iPad mini as well. Depending on what I happen to be reading, the ereader apps worjk just as well on the PC and laptop.
Describe your desk
I wish I could find my desk underneath all the stuff I have on it!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I really like constructing a satisfying experience for the reader. That can take on different aspects from "world building" (as writers call it) to giving readers characters with whom they can genuinely identify and care about. If the novel is a thriller, it's also fun to give the readers a scare. For example, with THE KILLER NET, I know I did my job when someone tells me he or she had to think twice the first time an opportunity came up to talk to a stranger over the Internet.
Published 2014-03-18.
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Books by This Author

The Killer Net
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,900. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Crime
Ten little girls sat at their computers Wondering who they’d find on line One entered a chat room with a killer And then there were nine. . . Courageous police department secretary, Jennifer Warren, matches wits against a computer genius who lures women in under the pretense of looking for a relationship. He boldly taunts the police with e-mail poems about their murders sent from the crime scene.
The Secrets Collection: 3 Novels, 3 Genres Boxed Set Bundle
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 174,210. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
The Secrets Collection: 3 Novels, 3 Genres Boxed Set Bundle brings together three different novels by Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist Matthew W. Grant. All three novels explore explosive small town secrets and the people who keep them. Included are horror novel DARK SECRETS, gay coming of age novel ZACH'S SECRET, and small town soap opera potboiler SECRETS OF SLATERS FALLS.
Dark Secrets (Young Adult Paranormal Occult Horror)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,650. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
When the Powers of Darkness infest a small New England town... A tortured young man, a powerful psychic, a mysterious teacher, and a desperate mother with a hidden past must fight for their lives and their souls against the evil that binds them together and threatens to destroy them all. Those who live to see the unholy ritual will discover that the Devil always collects his due.
Zach's Secret (M/M Gay Romance Coming Out)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,150. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Can a young man come out, find love, and survive senior year all at the same time? Zach Denham, the editor of a small town high school newspaper, struggles to act like a "normal" guy by dating a female friend. Key, the school’s newly arrived attractive jock, forces Zach to confront the truth about his sexual identity.
Sex On Soaps - Afternoon Love & Lust On Television Daytime Dramas
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,700. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sex research
A must read for any soap fan or student of the genre, this material looks at how sex and its ramifications are presented on daytime television and how men and women perceive sex on soaps differently. Utilizes inline citations to the comprehensive bibliography with over 50 sources including soap books, communications journals, and network soap episodes. Original version 1992. Revised edition 2011.
That's Why I'm The Soap Opera Writer
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Price: Free! Words: 6,670. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Media tie-in
That's Why I'm The Soap Opera Writer - This humorous short story goes behind the scenes of a soap where the drama is more intense than what happens in front of the camera. Bonus Story: Welcome To Slaters Falls - Find out who comes out on top when a dirty cop pulls over a take-no-prisoners bitch in this short story featuring characters from Matthew’s novels series Slaters Falls and Northbridge.
Dear Author - How Sending Agent Manuscript Queries & Receiving Publisher Rejection Letters Drives Writers Insane
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,090. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Witness his descent into madness when writer James Walek, suffering from a failing marriage and a stalled writing career, gets pushed over the edge by one too many of those insulting "Dear Author" rejection letters from publishers.
Joyce of Westerfloyce - The Story of the Tiny Little Girl with the Tiny Little Voice
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
A Perfect Little Girl, A Perfect Little Secret...Children and adults will be instantly engaged by this humorous tale of Joyce, a flawless little girl whose seemingly perfect existence is about to be shattered by the terrible secret she keeps - she has the biggest, loudest, and most explosive burp in the whole world! Text only, no illustrations. Includes parent and teacher resource sections.
Secrets Of Slaters Falls (Contemporary Romance)
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Series: Slaters Falls, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,960. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Four families become intertwined by sex, sin and scandal in a small New England town teeming with secrets. Among the ensemble cast of spiteful busybodies, sleazy hunks, conniving bitches, dirty cops, and scheming murderers, several achieve meaningful change tackling social issues and taboo topics. "Tragicomic deliciousness!" - Publishers Weekly (Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist)