Interview with Matthew S. Hart

When did you first start writing?
I probably began writing about twelve years ago, strictly as a hobby.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
In fifth grade at Rohrersville Elementary, I chose a book from the shelf, My Brother Sam. This is the first time I remember "feeling" a story. I could almost imagine being there during the Revolution.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I think growing up in rural Maryland with South Mountain as my playground really makes me appreciate what is wild. I tend to often set scenes by describing the sky, the weather, the sounds and smells, the fickleness and mystery of nature. I suppose I treat nature as just another character in my stories.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love my work, whatever it is that I'm doing. I guess it's the freedom to choose what I do that gets me putting my shoes on each morning or lugging the laptop over to my writing desk.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Plain and simple...I want to excite my readers the same way I get excited about writing a particular line in a story.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Dare I say, I'm a Twitter fanatic. I also love watching Sunday morning political talk shows, googling everything under the sun, getting outside with the dog, and doing the work that pays the bills.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a novel inspired by The Thorn Witch, a continuation of the story, albeit from another character's perspective. And I have an exciting idea for a third novel, although no outline yet.
How do you approach cover design?
The story speaks to the cover's design, and I might have some idea what should appear on the cover, but I rely on professional artists...that's you, Fiona Jade Media...to develop a cover that is beautiful and just as importantly, marketable. Yes, I have a background in design, but I also know my limits.
Describe your desk
My desk is a mess, or should I say desks? I have two. One is bigger and messier than the other. So much for me being a neat freak!
Who are your favorite authors?
I can hardly consider myself an avid reader, but if I had any favorites, Michael Crichton would be at the top of the list along with Clive Cussler. I like a little science thrown in with my mystery and adventure.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Please don't rely on me for this sort of advice, but I use Lithium eReader unless I want the English lady with the pretty accent to do the reading for me, in which case I use Google Play Books. Audio is great for picking up typos but terrible with pronouncing my characters' less than common names.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have a friend who suggested I publish. Thanks Maria!
What do your fans mean to you?
When I have fans, I'm sure they'll mean the world to me. Nothing like making people happy. That would be success to me.
What is your writing process?
I take one character's main, driving motive and let it bounce off other characters until I can build a rough story outline. Then I try to tell an interesting story from various characters' perspectives, thereby utterly confusing my readers. Someone suggested I do a "character list" as a reference. Guess I should start working on it.
Published 2018-07-14.
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Books by This Author

The Thorn Witch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 163,590. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A medieval fantasy adventure set in a fictional kingdom. The infant princess disappears and after a failed attempt to rescue his only heir, the king's spiritual adviser devises a plan to save the king and his wife from despair. The king secretly agrees in hopes it will bring peace and stability, but witch's mischief often has a way of thwarting even the most well laid of plans.