Interview with Ben Mathewson

How do you approach cover design?
Designing the cover of my book was pretty tricky. I'm not by nature a keen designer. I eventually chose one of the stronger poems, which had a strong theme in the book, and designed it around that. My sister is a keen mountain climber, and her perfect shot of the nepalese mountain was enough inspiration to fit very well with the theme of my book!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Great Expectations: Charles Dickens- Incredibly written. Amazing story and the characters are brilliant. Totally immersive and a classic book for a good reason
The Memory Keeper's Daughter: Kim Edwards. Fantastic story about adult relationships, secrecy and the importance of love and family.
The Bible: Where loads of great, inspiring stories live. A text rich in history, and a hidden treasure trove of poetic inspiration!
The Twits / Matilda: Classic Roald Dahl magic at its best! My children rarely tire of his work and He has a seemingly unlimited capacity as a storyteller and humorist!
Vickie Johnstone: Travelling Light - An Independant Author like myself and an excellent poet and wordsmith!
What do you read for pleasure?
Gardening Books, Children's books, and Poetry books, mainly.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad. for their versatility.
Describe your desk
nearly always a mess, with electronic gadgets all around it, papers, DVD's and pencils! If messy people are considered brilliant, I wear the 'Messy' badge with pride.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In Tasmania, Australia. My writing is influenced a lot by my personal history, and a love of nature. Tasmania is one of the most picturesque places you can live, and I prefer to have at least some outdoorsy characters in my books to come.
When did you first start writing?
From primary school I identified with having some skill in writing, and I often wrote tribute poems for appropriate occasions.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't know I could publish an e-book until I had a chance encounter with a wonderful author who makes a living out of it! I have often wanted to publish my works, but have only recently seen e-books as a viable opportunity. I see 'The Climb' as a launchpad to create other books in other genres.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a descriptive short story about a hermit :) My teacher liked it!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To connect with people. If I can make someone laugh, cry, connect with, or feel something I feel a great sense of accomplishment. Writing for me is about sharing experiences and others immersing themselves in your world.
What are you working on next?
I have 4 or 5 children's books I want to publish next. If I am brave enough eventually I'd like to write adult fiction.
Published 2014-03-20.
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Books by This Author

The Climb
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 4,180. Language: Australian English. Published: March 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
A collection of Inspirational and spiritual short poems with a healthy side serving of humor! for the seeker, the student, the teacher, and for the soul of every wisdom seeking creature! Or for anyone and everyone on life's ever winding Journey, take 'The Climb' with you!