Interview with Matt Decker

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I can remember reading is the Creation account in the opening chapters of the book of Genesis. I was very young so I didn't understand everything I was reading, but I had a strong desire to at least try to read it and understand it. I was drawn to the Bible from an early age. It started a lifelong love of the Holy Scriptures.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to share life-changing ideas and concepts through skillful manipulation of language. What a privilege!
What is your writing process?
I warm up my brain by reading the dictionary. In fact, when it comes to my favorite reading material, the dictionary takes a backseat to only the Bible. I love words and I love to feed my mind as great a selection of words as possible. This way, I find it much easier to think of the right words when I sit down to write.
When did you first start writing?
At a very early age. I can't pinpoint the exact year. But looking back, it seems I have been writing for as long as I could write my own name.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small Alabama town named Cedar Bluff. Honestly, I can't say it really influenced my writing. I would have started writing regardless of my location or my surroundings. The way I see it, if you are born to write, you will write, your hometown or geographical roots notwithstanding. At the same time, I realize that many writers derive influence and inspiration from where they grew up. It just doesn't hold true for me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire
What do you read for pleasure?
The Bible, the dictionary and anything by the late great Norman Vincent Peale
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have a background as a minister. I delivered my first official sermon on March 17, 1996, on the subject of Grace. Exactly 20 years to the day - on March 17, 2016 - I was ''led'' to turn that sermon into a book. I didn't realize until I looked at the date on the tape of the sermon that it was exactly two decades later. That gave me confidence and the drive to get my book published. I really feel that I am following God's will by writing the book and getting it into readers' hands.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook advertising and free samples
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the control it affords me. I will use any means, any medium or method, to get published. It has always been my dream to be a published author. But traditional publishing takes so long and you, the author, give up a lot of control over your baby (aka, your book).
What are you working on next?
Right now I am focused on getting GRACE IN A MAZE before as many eyes as possible. But like any writer worth his salt, I definitely have ideas and plans for future projects ''marinating'' in my mind. They will come in due time.
UPDATE: I am currently writing my next book, titled: ''Super Scriptures: Adventures in Spiritual Power.'' I am having a blast writing this one!
Published 2016-12-09.
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