Interview with Matt Ashe

What is your writing process?
Generally I try and jump deep into myself or the character and write from their/ my own point of view with as much candour as possible. To me it's very character driven.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember my father giving me a copy of Robin Hood; it was the first novel I ever read. I didn't know you read it from cover to cover and thought that you could jump around the chapters. Which is probably why I throw my writing around a lot during a story. I'm not always a very linear kind if guy.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to keep it loyal to the story and interesting for the potential reader. It needs to be something that catches your eye so you'll click on it and read it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I should probably be corny and name mine but I won't. Here are five favourite...

Papillon: a great story of adventure and bullshit all rolled into one. You know that Henri can't be that nice a guy, but you root for him anyway. I've read it several times now.

The inheritors: probably my favourite Harold Robbins novel and a great mix of earned hubris and splash. It's a lit if fun.

Of mice and men: one if the most beautiful and moving stories a human unit could read. It reaches into you and pulls out who you really are whether you like it or not.

Ham on rye: a great book and something that really inspired me to finally put metacarpals to keyboard and get writing. Candid. Funny. Sad while entertaining its a lot like life itself.

Up your ass: not a book but a play by several names, it was written by Valerie Solanas and stolen by Andy Warhol. It's one if the most honest pieces of writing I have ever read and I dedicated/ ing my "l' affair d' alley" volumes to her.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything from empire magazine to fictional books and non fictional books. I generally go through a business related book and then a couple if non fiction books and repeat the cycle.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad.
Describe your desk
Neat. Clean. Clutter free.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Mitchelton, a suburb of Brisbane. I'm not sure it had any influence on my writing except I wanted to leave and to be somewhere else.
When did you first start writing?
I used to enjoy writing stories during primary school and then would often write stories during high school just for fun. "Shelly's oak tree" came from a story I wrote in the early 90's while still in high school. It was a lot different in some regards but the thread and the idea that bore the story remained with me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book (being published very soon in April/ May 2014) is a science fiction novella. It's the story of an astronaut that has the opportunity thrust upon him to watch the evolution if the human species from the middle to the end which is also the start. It's different to anything I've ever penned before (pertaining to subject matter) but not do much in writing style.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
If you can't put out there what you write then why write! Every publisher wants six to twelve months before they'll even get back to you and my short stories are more like novellas than short stories which rules out journals. I wasn't to put myself out there to the world today.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's not always a joy but it forces me to be honest with the world: the Matt has no clothes on when he writes. I reach in and pull myself out and lay it on the pages.
Published 2014-04-01.
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