Interview with Matthew W. Grant

What's the story behind your latest book?
It's called THE KILLER NET and it's about a serial killer who meets his victims over the Internet in 1999. They think they are meeting a nice guy who is interested in a relationship, but he's really just interested in finding his next victim.

The idea originated partly from talking to people online back in the day. There was always some level of danger because you had no idea who you were really talking to. Unfortunately, that hasn't changed. Can you really believe everything you read in an online dating profile?
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing since I was little kid in elementary school. I still remember the first novel I started. (it was on a manual typewriter. Did I just date myself too much?) I had such grand plans for that book - turning it into a whole series in fact! I had all the titles and outlines for six horror novels about the same characters.

Later in high school, I wrote stories that became popular among friends and classmates. They eagerly awaited the next installment. It probably didn't hurt that I gave them cameos in the stories!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
In addition to a dedicated Kindle, I also have several ereading apps on an iPad and iPad mini as well. Depending on what I happen to be reading, the ereader apps worjk just as well on the PC and laptop.
Describe your desk
I wish I could find my desk underneath all the stuff I have on it!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I really like constructing a satisfying experience for the reader. That can take on different aspects from "world building" (as writers call it) to giving readers characters with whom they can genuinely identify and care about. If the novel is a thriller, it's also fun to give the readers a scare. For example, with THE KILLER NET, I know I did my job when someone tells me he or she had to think twice the first time an opportunity came up to talk to a stranger over the Internet.
Published 2014-03-18.
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Books by This Author

That's Why I'm The Soap Opera Writer
Price: Free! Words: 6,670. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Media tie-in, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
That's Why I'm The Soap Opera Writer - This humorous short story goes behind the scenes of a soap where the drama is more intense than what happens in front of the camera. Bonus Story: Welcome To Slaters Falls - Find out who comes out on top when a dirty cop pulls over a take-no-prisoners bitch in this short story featuring characters from Matthew’s novels series Slaters Falls and Northbridge.