Interview with Mat Royal

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. It was fairly awful. Actually, I'm sugar coating it here—it was bad, bad, bad, way beyond bad. It was horrid. My grammar was horrendous, and my plot for the story was all over the place—not the mention the cliche characters, moments, and connections. It was simply the worst.
Although I should really consider looking back at it and maybe editing it to make it a better story. However, sometimes it is better to start anew than to fix a gargantuan problem; not everything is fixable.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In all honesty, I had to search up the definition of what it meant to be an indie author, and from what I understand, I'm hoping that I won't always be an indie author— I have the up-most respect for authors who are able to publish their own works without any limitations, but I am still hoping to one day work with an agent or editor or publicist. But what motivated me to publish a work here on Smashwords was my creative writing teacher from High School; he encouraged students to become writers of their own caliber without worrying about restrictions, and he believed that Smashwords provided a great opportunity for that.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My alarm clock. And sometimes, my neighbors bickering over what they should have for breakfast. The walls are definitely thin.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book and firstly published book is a short poem that I wrote about a few months back. There was a moment where I just envisioned a person living alone in a small loft surrounded by this depressing and lonely air, and I knew I had to turn that into something, thus became the HomeSick Blues. I hope that it comes off as relate-able for people because who hasn't felt alone before?
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on more poems. Hopefully, they'll keep getting better and better and maybe even longer and longer. I'm not sure how many I'll publish or how many I will put together to form a book of series, but we'll see how things go.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time reading; I often read unpublished books on Wattpad. They are very much to the point—they, often, spare no mercy for the in-between and simply pick up action. The fast-paced movement and hurried story lines actually appeal to me in a special way; I find them interesting. I also spend my time listening to music, painting projects that are long overdue, and watching the tele for comedy shows like How I Met Your Mother or The Big Bang Theory—you know, the usual.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, the greatest joy of writing is when that moment of inspiration hits, and then you just desperately need a paper and pen; it's that moment when your hands are flying all over the keyboard, and you're typing at a mile per minute just so you can that image plastered onto the screen. You know what I'm talking about—I'm sure you do.
What is your writing process?
I don't have much of a process. I think I just go through the motions. I'll try to listen to some spoken word poetry before writing my poems, so that I can pick up a pace, but other than that, I write when I can. And when I do write, I try to keep going for as long as possible, especially if I have an opportune time to actually finish an entire poem. It also helps me when I play rap music in the background like some Drake or Frank Ocean, but that may not work for everyone.
Describe your desk
Two words: the floor
How do you approach cover design?
I actually use a website called PicMonkey to edit cover designs, but how I approach them would be to look for simplicity. I look for photos that relate to the topic, but it's very "normal". There is a certain main object of focus set in the photo and then a casual background. After that, I format the words around the cover in a "normal" way. It creates this very basic look that I am incredibly drawn to, but I don't know if other readers are drawn to it either. I believe it is best to look for your own approval rather than from others.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Act of Love by Howard Jacobson
Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man by Bill Clegg
Angry Management by Chris Crutcher
Published 2014-02-27.
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Books by This Author

A Poem: I Want
Price: Free! Words: 520. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A short poem about wanting to be in heartfelt relationship: one where the love overflows right out of you like a cup filled with too much coffee—read on to find out more.