Well.... The Soundcheck blog didn't start until June of 2013. Seriously. But, it was born of twenty years of experience. The Better Man blog was started on December 31st of 2012. Hours before my car burned up in the driveway... Right after telling everyone what a great year it was going to be. Prior to that, I was the unpublished writer for several idiots who wanted ideas for dumb things to do. I also assisted my father, Glenn Matlock ( the author, not the sex pistol guy ) with comedic ideas for stuff he was working on. I never considered myself a writer. Still not sure of that.
What is your writing process?
Apparently, it's mostly knee-jerk. Something inspires or provokes me and I just run with it. The blogs both work like that. The books just evolved from the stories on the blogs. See for yourself. erikmatlock.com and artofthesouhndcheck.com. I also have a lot of articles on ProSoundWeb.com and church production.com
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee. And the rent. Have to find a way to pay it. That, and the occasional urge to work out a story or article while it's fresh on my mind. Mostly coffee and rent, though.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The blogs were becoming so successful, it seemed logical to make some of this into actual books. I am now working with Tate Publishing to convert all of my books into print and distribute them into all the major bookstores. Amazon has almost everything now, in print and digital, but that comes down once the new stuff is released.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
That's a trick question. I got older in Perry, Georgia. I aged more in Arizona, Atlanta and Macon. I actually grew up once I moved to Palm Coast, Florida. It wasn't until then that I got my priorities straight and evolved into someone my family wanted to be with again.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have worked my goofy butt off for my entire life. I seemed like a good idea to find a way to capitalize on all that stuff I learned the hard way. Everything I write is, essentially, wisdom that I wish someone had offered me when I was younger. The books get it all out there and help support us so I can write more.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is giving me an audience and a market that I never would have had access to. They are making these decisions and details so much easier than they should have been. Smashwords is a great resource for someone trying to break into publishing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that I am making life better for the family of the people who read my stuff.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have fans?
What are you working on next?
Honestly, we are hoping to have some fresh adventures together. My wife has taken an interest in photography, so we are considering spending some time traveling and documenting the journey. Seems like a logical step from here. Since I am now working as the senior editor for Live Sound International magazine and ProSoundWeb.com, we have a lot more freedom. I can work from anywhere.
Who are your favorite authors?
My dad, Dave Barry, Erwin McMannus, Joel and Kathy Davisson, Robert Alter, Robert Kyosaki, whoever writes any movie script featuring Simon Peg. Yep. That's about the whole list.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
It seems like I am always writing or editing. My kids have finally gotten interested in music, so we make noise. I am working out again these days, trying to make that a priority. Other than that it's as much family time as possible.
We are also still active in LegalShield. ( michaelerikmatlock.legalshield.com ) providing legal services and identity theft protection. Great company. It helps a lot of these couples we write for. If they need a home business, legal advice or even a lawyer if they just can't work it out.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly by searching for answer to questions I can't figure out. I don't read much fiction. Mainly stuff that solves problems for me.
Describe your desk
We converted our dining room into a small office/studio where I can write or play with recording gear again. Working off an antique dining room table with vintage Pioneer HPM-100 reference monitors to listen to. Not bad at all.
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