Interview with Matt Sorensen

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In California. I was raised by a show business family. We moved around a lot and I was exposed to a variety of people and environments. This naturally influenced my imagination but many years passed before I tried my hand at writing.
When did you first start writing?
I owned and operated an industrial motion picture studio. It was difficult to get writers to provide the kind of scripts I wanted, so I learned to write them myself.
What prompted you to begin writing books?
Well, I still had the movie studio and I became a sort of "specialist" at recording and mixing sound tracks. I was encountering all sorts of problems with client's material, so I wrote a book on sound production for motion pictures. It was published by A.S.Barnes and became a standard text in several schools
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was out of frustration. My San Francisco agent died and I was not able to get another to take on a relatively unknown author. So I decided to try the self publishing route.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords made publishing a snap. There was no risk on my part so why not give it a whirl? To my surprise and delight, it was painless and successful. I have no regrets and I'll never look back.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My wife and I live in the Pacific Northwest and I am free to write whatever occurs to me. I never seem to run out of ideas for stories and I'm not limited to a particular venue. I write technical material under my real name (Paul Honore') and fiction under a pseudonym (Matt Sorensen).
Why did you choose to write under the pseudonym Matt Sorensen?
I had to come up with a "dba" name for a company. The first thing that came to mind was Matt Sorensen Associates. Matthias was my Danish grandfather's first name and Sorensen was my grandmother's maiden name. The company no longer exists but I had so much material written under the name Matt Sorensen that I decided to continue.
What do you like to write about most?
I enjoy writing thought-provoking material best. I want to shake people up a little. For Instance, my story "In The Bowl of Night" deals with a terrorist EMP attack on the U.S. that paralyzes our infrastructure and weakens our ability to respond to international affairs. It is based on work I once did to harden military electronic equipment against an EMP attack. Unfortunately, nothing much has been done to protect consumer devices, and our growing dependence on remotely controlled systems (SCADA), makes us particularly vulnerable. I want to awaken people to the very real possibility of an attack and to prepare them to cope with the consequences. "The Mars Effect" is based on true events that happened many years ago to a business associate. He worked on a project to improve crop yields in developing countries. The researchers discovered that by simply adding minute amounts of trace elements to the soil, they were able to grow more and better crops. My friend came to work one day to find the laboratory padlocked, and he was ordered to destroy all notes about the project under threat to himself and his family, The characters that the story are based on are dead now, but I changed their names and set much of the action on Mars to make it interesting to a broader audience. "Bansing" is a retelling of events that occurred during WW-II in Sarawak, Borneo. I learned of them while filming a motion picture documentary about Iban headhunters. By the way, the gentleman depicted on the cover of the book, "Post Cards From The East", is Bansing anak Usah. We became friends while I was filming at a Longhouse on the Skrang River.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on several projects, one of which is a series for young people about historical events viewed through the eyes of animals. I'm also contemplating a sequel to my story "The Resurrection of Adam Ryker". Ava never informed Ryker that she was carrying his child when she was forced to help put him back into deep freeze. The story ends on such a downer that it leaves the reader feeling depressed. Problem is, I like the ending as it is. I'll have to move forward with a sequal involving Ryker's grandson in order to end the tale on a more positive note.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I live in one of the most beautiful spots on earth and every day brings a new sight or a new adventure.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Our property is wooded and takes the same kind of care as any garden. Also, I am an amateur radio operator and run the Resource Net for Clallam County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm a bit old fashioned and don't own or use a smart phone or tablet. However, I'm realistic enough to know where the market is headed. I'll make my stories available by whatever means are in common use.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, but I'm embarrassed to mention it. I once had a professor tell me I'd never learn to write. For more than 50 years, I believed it. I'm glad to prove him wrong at last
What is your writing process?
Mostly it's mental. I don't work from an outline but I do a great deal of research to be sure the technical details are correct. I imagine how I want a story to end and then begin writing to get there. I never quite know what my characters are going to do or say next. It's a bit unorthodox but it works for me and I find it quite exciting.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. I read many stories at an early age, but the first that made an indelible impression on me was Jules Verne's "Michael Strogoff." I've never forgotten it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have no favorites. I approach a library the same way as Ray Bradbury, with my eyes shut, reaching at random for the first book that comes to hand. My favorite authors, for their literary style and use of language, are Lord Dunsany and Ray Bradbury.
What do you read for pleasure?
I already answered that.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to keep it as simple as possible but also keyed to the story theme.
Describe your desk
Messy.
Published 2014-08-20.
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Books by This Author

A Dog's Life
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,150. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » American
Based on true events, A Dog's Life is President Roosevelt's Scottish terrier Fala's answer to a letter from a poodle named Abigail. It tells of Falas life with FDR through the stressfull years oif WW-II and the response by the "greatest generation."
Patch's Adventure
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Series: Pilgrim's Paws, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,480. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
The third in a trilogy of stories about the Mayflower voyage and the establishment of the Plymouth colony. Patch's Adventure tells, from a cat's eye view, how the Pilgrims struggled to maintain friendly relations with their Indian neighbors while being overwhelmed with new settlers, whose main interest was commerical gain from this new land.
Cap'n Pete's Diary
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Series: Pilgrim's Paws, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,630. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
Cap'n Pete's Diary is a follow up to the story, "A Cat's Tale", which tells of the Mayflower voyage. It describes the Pilgrims' exploration of the Cape Cod area and the establishment of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the winter of 1620-21.
The Resurrection of Adam Ryker
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,110. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Cryogenically frozen for 200 years, Adam Ryker is revived and cured of leukemia in the 23rd century. He awakens to a technically advanced but poorly educated and hedonistic society governed, as a for-profit business, by a middle-eastern energy cartel. Determined to prod the country to renewed greatness, he finds himself in the crosshairs of government, industry and religious interests.
The Mars Effect
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,310. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Dr.Marcus Bettinger is researching ways to increase crop yields to feed the world's exploding population. He discovers the answer in a most unlikely place and is preparing to publish his findings when he comes head-to-head with powerful and ruthless interests who will resort to kidnapping and murder to further their own agenda.
If Pigs Could Fly
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,970. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
A young boy finds a mysterious object that enables him to levitate but his dream of using it to become a super-acrobat are foiled when the object is swallowed by a prize porker.
A Fish Tale
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Price: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2010. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A tall tale about an eagle that was greatful to a fisherman for saving it's life and rewarded him with the "catch of the day."
Father Paul
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,450. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2010. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
A provocative tale about a career Army Chaplain who asserts that an angel of death has come to claim him, but which one --"Gabe", an apparent angel of light, or "Lucifer", the dark side of the coin? A psychiatrist assumes the angels to be a traumatic reaction to the horrors the priest has seen in three wars but, in a surprise twist, he learns the truth in a way he doesn't expect.
A Cat's Tale
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Series: Pilgrim's Paws, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,900. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The story of the Mayflower voyage as told by the ship's cat. The story begins as Pilgrims attempt to leave Holland for the Virginia Colony aboard Speedwell, and traces their adventures as they are forced to reduce their numbers and sail aboard Mayflower. Tabatha, ship's cat aboard Speedwell, joins the Mayflower crew and voyages with the Pilgrims to the New World.
Two Poems For The Cyber Age
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,320. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2010. Category: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Two poems by Matt Sorensen reflect our 21st century fixation on technology: TERMINAL CASE tells of a malevolent PC that increases in computing power by draining the minds of its unwarry victims. BEL,(Beta Executive Logic), is a 21st century retelling of Milton's classic "Paradise Lost" with a cyborg standing in for the fallen angel Satan.
Post Cards From The East
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,840. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2010. Category: Fiction » Drama » Asian
Three stories of Borneo and India. In BANSING, an Iban girl nurses a British agent and becomes a catalyst to bring about Iban involvement in WW-II. In RITE OF PASSAGE A young Iban must choose between life in his longhouse or the larger world of a Communist takeover. NIRVANA: In this erotic tale with a surprise twist, an Indian chela finds Nirvana is not quite what he expected
In the Bowl of Night
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,220. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2010. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
What if everything you have come to depend upon were suddenly ripped from your grasp? A terrorist attack cripples the U.S. economy and initiates a series of world-changing events. While government agencies work to identify the perpetrators, one Silicon Valley family must re-think its priorities as it struggles to cope with growing unrest and violence. It could happen tomorrow!