Interview with Matt Eaton

What do you read for pleasure?
Anything and everything fate throws before me, fiction or otherwise.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1: Genesis of the Grail Kings by Laurence Gardner
2: JFK: The Smoking Gun by Colin McLaren
3: Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith
4: Shantaram by Gregory Davis Roberts
5: Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
All these books had a profound impact on me, each for different and complex reasons.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, iPad and iPhone
Describe your desk
Chaotic - shared with my wife. But increasingly I take my laptop away from the desk to write. I have a remote keyboard and mouse and often work on a couch, keypad in my lap.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a well-heeled corner of Sydney, near a quiet bay of Sydney Harbour, with freedom to roam the neighbourhood with my mates. I also used to spend regular Sunday afternoons at work with my dad - he was a radio and TV presenter for the ABC so wandering those halls in the 1970s was like stumbling into Narnia.
When did you first start writing?
I began creative writing in first year uni and was terrible at it. I used to hide myself in a corner of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens (my folks divorced and I had moved north with my mum and sister). It taught me the unrelenting delight of solitude, which every writer needs almost as much as breathable air.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Secrets. Pursuit of answers to questions most people don't think are important but may one day rewrite life as we think we know it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a journalist, so I'm naturally curious, easily bored and never content with the status quo. I think the world could be so much better than it is. I went the indie road because it's the way of the future. It's the digital revolution, baby.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Living in a place where ANYTHING is possible. Creating characters with the parts of me I like (or loathe) and the traits of others I wish to emulate.
What are you working on next?
A sequel to Blank. It's exploding inside my head even as I write this.
Published 2015-06-27.
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