Interview with Matthew James

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born, raised, and still live in West Palm Beach, Florida. I was never a reader growing up and my 11th grade English teacher asked if I'd be interested in reading a book called MEG, by Steve Alten. It's obviously a huge series now, but I had no idea what it was. It was an extra credit assignment to get me from a B to an A. I fell in love with the book and reading in general that quarter. One thing I can attest to early on is that the English language is awful and I don't think anyone has it down pat. I'm still learning things and I'm not ashamed to admit I make mistakes.
When did you first start writing?
August/September of 2014. I've had the itch to try and felt I had a good idea for a book and my wife asked, "Why don't you try?" So I did. That's what spurred me into writing Blood and Sand. Once I "learned" how to write - which isnt easy by the way - I set about figuring out what I needed to do to get it done.
What's the story behind your latest book?
well... Hank Boyd is an archaeologist, or a glorified grave digger as he calls himself, with a high school education and a very sly attitude. He's hired by his father, a big wig in the field, after his baseball career ended because of an injury. Ten years (present day) and a whole lot of on-the-job training later, Hank is a project leader and has been called to northern Africa after a ruin was found. A ruin that should NOT have been found.
Describe your desk
not big enough. its covered in notes and random paraphernalia for current and future projects.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media, specifically Facebook. Author pages are a great way to stay in touch.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've had some wonderful mentors guiding me telling me it was possible for someone with zero formal education to become a writer. Jeremy Robinson, Kane Gilmour, Sean Ellis, and J. Kent Holloway have been the biggest help for sure. Each one has given me exactly what I needed to hear and not all of it was fun. BUT, they gave me the WANT to try and succeed.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Is stress relief a good answer? Its honestly an escape from everyday life. Some people have hobbies. I write now. Its fun to use your imagination for something other than weird dreams.
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING. Writing means nothing if there isn't anyone to read it. That's just my opinion though. Although I would also say that I love to do it either way and sales wont dictate that. Ever.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jeremy Robinson by far is my favorite. Such a great guy too. The others helping me also happen to be some of my favorites. Kane Gilmour, Sean Ellis, and J. Kent Holloway to mention them again. But I'm also a Steve Alten fan, along with Matthew Reilly, James Rollins, Andy McDemott, and Rick Riordan (yes, I like me some YA novels on occasion).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family #1. But a new day brings a new idea. I literally have 9 future books already planned because of random thoughts and ideas I have throughout the day. The goal is to release 2 books a year if possible.
What are you working on next?
If anyone reading this has followed my page on Facebook, then you'd know I'm working on Book 2 of the Hank Boyd Thrillers. I'm very excited to share the information with everyone... Once its ready to be announced that is. So LIKE my author page and follow along. I love to post as I write and show people the process and the day-to-day, week-to-week happenings of an indie author.
Published 2015-06-12.
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