Interview with Matthew Parks, Sr

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have found that the most effective technique is through the various e-book websites like Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble and many others. Each of these allow independent authors to get their story out to a global audience and share their stories.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Charlotte, N.C.with a very big family of 6 sisters and 3 brothers. I have always like to write and early on I would make up stories to help make myself stand out from my siblings and through my writing I developed a love of reading. I used the experiences and lessons learned from my parents, siblings, and friends to help create stories to share with the world.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing at the age of 10 and started with short stories, and poems. I kept them in a journal and loved to show them off to my mom, who told me that I had a gift for writing and always encouraged me to keep writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This is actually a story that came to me in a dream over a 7 day period. After I would wake up each morning I couldn't wait to get back to sleep to go further in the dream. After about 2 weeks I dreamed the same dream in the same 7 day sequence. I knew then that I had to write it down and share it with the world.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had looked at the options of going with a traditional publisher and after many hours of research I found that the possibility of actually getting my story out there were very slim. I decided that there had to be others just like me and so with further research I found there are lots of people with great stories just waiting to be told and declined to publish my self and formed Bellator Publishing LLC.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
When I was looking to get my book into hands of the millions of e-readers I ran into places that offered their services for a "nominal fee" and those fees seemed excessive.I found Smashwords and not only were the willing to help me get my story out but took the time to provide me with tips, tools and ideas on how to really get my story out.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is being able to share my stories with others. I love to see people read and review a story that I wrote and that to me tells me that I got to share my story with others who also saw what I saw in the story.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are what keep me writing. The fans are the ones who tell me that they love the stories, they can feel the characters, trial and tribulations, they can relate to the situation. Without fans there is no one to share the story with and I am forever grateful for each and every one of them.
What are you working on next?
Right now I am working on two books. The first is about a fallen angel who has to regain his grace through challenges here on earth before it is to late and he loses his grace forever. The second one is deeply personal about a military veteran and their return home after several combat tours. It brings to light the struggles not only he himself faces but how it has effected his family and friends.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many favorite authors some of whom are big name authors like James Patterson, Tom Clancy, and Jeffery Dever but most are other small indie authors like myself.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My inspiration has to be my family who supports me in all I do and encourages me to continue writing and sharing my stories.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing i spend my time volunteering with Boy Scouts of America, helping other indie authors get their stories out and spending time with family. There is nothing more relaxing that spending time hiking the Appalachian trail with the family.
Published 2016-10-01.
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