Interview with R.L. Mathewson

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was around fourteen, but I never got past the few few paragraphs. I always wanted to write, but never really thought that I could do it. Over the years I made several attempts to write, but they were all horrible failures.

It wasn't until after I threw my back out and I realized just how bad my situation was that I decided to give it a try. I'd been reading heavily at that point and there were a lot of books that I really enjoyed, but there were also books that I didn't like. It was because of the books that I didn't enjoy that I decided to give writing a chance. I'd hoped that I could write a more enjoyable story.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is actually the first book that I ever wrote. It was my first attempt at writing. I wrote day and night for a few weeks straight and when the book was done I thought it was the best book ever written. I set it aside, preparing myself for that day that book would become world famous.

I started to research publishing and realized that I should probably edit the book to make sure that it was absolutely perfect. I read through it and not even halfway through I realized just how horrible the book was. It was awful, really awful. I deleted the entire book, but saved the characters because they'd meant a great deal to me.

Over the years I would work on the book here and there. This past year I decided that I owed it to the characters to finish the book. The book didn't turn out as I expected, but I really enjoyed the process and loved the story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly, I did't want to deal with jumping through hoops to get the attention of a publisher. I also didn't want to have to deal with someone else controlling my books, deciding what I write and profiting off my books.

When I first started out I didn't know there was a such thing as an indie author. After I came across an article highlighting the subject I began to research. It seemed easy enough and I felt that it was worth a shot. It was either that or leave my books to collect dust.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been a godsend. They have helped a great deal. They've helped me distribute my books at stores that I couldn't get into on my own. They offer a great deal of advice, have great customer service and they've made the whole process pretty painless.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing a story that I really enjoy and being able to spend more time with my children.
What do your readers mean to you?
My readers are in a word, awesome. They're great. They are probably the nicest people that I've ever met. They great to talk to, fun to chat with and go out of there way to help me when I need some story advice. They make this whole thing worth it.
What are you working on next?
Right now I am working on the historic Neighbor from Hell novel. The book is called Truce and will take place in the 19th century England. As soon as I'm done with that I will finish the 4th Pyte/Sentinel book.
Who are your favorite authors?
Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, G. A. Aiken to name a few. I love romance novels with humor.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children. They're the greatest accomplishment in my life. They're really wonderful kids.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my free time with my children, reading, walking and relaxing. Between work and my children I really don't have much free time :)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'll run a search depending on the mood I'm in. I read the synopsis for any book that catches my eye and then I'll check out the reviews, but I don't rely too heavily on those. If I can sample the book I'll do that.
Published 2013-08-22.
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Books by This Author

The 2014 R.L. Mathewson Chronicle Collection
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,550. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
This is the complete collection of the Chronicles and excerpts from the R.L. Mathewson website. The R.L. Mathewson Chronicles are a continuation of your favorite stories, allowing readers to see what their favorite characters are doing now. This year's collection features stories from, The Neighbor from Hell series, the EMS series, The Hollywood Heart series, and the Pyte/Sentinel series.
Double Dare
Series: Neighbor from Hell. Pre-release—available March 1, 2015. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The sixth novel from the Neighbor From Hell Series...... Darrin and Marybeth's story.....
The Game Plan
Series: Neighbor from Hell, Book 5. Pre-release—available December 27, 2014. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,940. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Spend the next 40 years in prison or break her lease early? Normally she’d be able to say that this one was a no-brainer, but things have definitely changed since she was forced to move in across the hall from Danny Bradford. A lot of things……
How to Write, Publish and All That Good Stuff
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 35,690. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
New York Times Best Selling Author R.L. Mathewson explains how to write, publish and get your book into readers' hands with simple, easy to follow instructions. Learn how to get word out about your book without spending a dime, how to avoid publishing pitfalls, protect your work and enjoy the process.
Tall, Silent and Lethal
Series: Pyte/Sentinel, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 146,670. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Never again...... Christofer lives by those words while Cloe would rather die by them........ Too many years living on the run, of always being seen as nothing more than a monster and a freak, has left Christofer cold and distant. He hates his life, his fate, but he's made promises and nothing on earth will stop him from keeping them....
Truce: The Historic Neighbor from Hell
Series: Neighbor from Hell, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 80,370. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
He tried to hate her, but it was difficult to hate someone that he couldn’t live without. He tried to ignore her, tried to focus on anything but her, but nothing worked. Somehow she made her way into his heart and started to make him want things that he never thought possible, made him smile and laugh even while she drove him out of his mind and started a legacy by turning him into... a Bradford.
Black Heart: A Cursed Hearts Novel
Series: Cursed Hearts, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 109,300. Language: American English. Published: June 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Why would she feel this way for the biggest SOB in town? Granted, Tristan was also the hottest man in town, but he was also arrogant, callous, and determined to drive her away even as he drove her crazy with his touch. She should just walk away and probably would if it wasn’t for this connection that kept making her want more with the one man that couldn’t give her anything more than heartache.
Series: Neighbor from Hell, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 118,830. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
There’s nothing worse than living next door to your childhood nemesis, except maybe being forced to share your dream project with him, being blackmailed into going along with something that was just wrong on so many levels, and having your hot cocoa stolen by the person that drove you to drink it in the first place.
Tall, Dark & Heartless: A Pyte/Sentinel Series Novel
Series: Pyte/Sentinel, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 150,200. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
He should have left her and never looked back….... That's not how things played out for Caine, a nearly one thousand year old Pyte, who should have known better. Instead of walking away years ago, he has been watching over the only human who has touched his heart.
A Reclusive Heart
Series: Hollywood Hearts, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 90,830. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Tired of being walked all over and ignored, Jamie decided that it was time to make something out of her life. She sold her company, signed a contract and was determined to live it up. Only problem, she was a bit of a recluse, painfully shy, kind of clumsy and didn't know the first thing about living it up. Thankfully she has a very sexy, very determined editor to help her along the way.
Sudden Response
Series: EMS, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,080. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Josephine (Joe for short) and Eric, the EMT crew of Echo 17 have been best friends since they were eight years old. They've been through a lot together over the years, but nothing like what they're about to experience.
Without Regret: A Pyte/Sentinel Series Novel
Series: Pyte/Sentinel, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 139,730. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
The follow up to Tall, Dark & Lonely. Chris Williams has waited years for his perfect mate to join him in protecting his family and the humans under his care. What he got instead was Izzy, a woman who was nothing like the mate he longed for. She doesn't belong in his life or his world, but for the moment they're stuck with each other while he tries to figure out a way to stop a war.
A Humble Heart: A Hollywood Hearts Novel
Series: Hollywood Hearts, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 100,860. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
After leaving a disastorous marriage, Dana takes her two kids and starts a new life for herself. Never in a million years did she expect to catch the eye of the most sought after man in the world.
Perfection: A Neighbor From Hell Novel
Series: Neighbor from Hell, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,560. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
This is the second novel for A Neighbor From Hell series. A sweet, romantic novel sure to entertain.
Playing For Keeps
Series: Neighbor from Hell, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,650. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Done with being the world's biggest pushover, Haley decides that things are going to change starting with the aggravating neighbor who has too much charm and not enough restraint. What she didn't expect was to sucked into his world, but Haley has a game plan and she won't let herself forget just what the bad boy next door is capable of.
Tall, Dark & Lonely: A Pyte/Sentinel Series Novel
Series: Pyte/Sentinel, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 115,520. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
After 200 yrs life holds very little surprises or pleasures. That is until Ephraim, a Pyte, has his life turned upside down by the relentless Madison. Once she discovers things aren't quite what they should be with her sexy neighbor she becomes determined to get her answers. It's too bad that Ephraim has other plans of his own.