Interview with Matt A Byron

Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors is Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Sanford, and James Patterson. I also the love work of Edgar Allen Poe and HP Lovecraft.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am always intrigued by what each new day will bring. Life is short and you have to make the most of each day. If I have a bad day, I hope the next one will be better. When I am in the middle of writing a book, I wonder what tomorrow will bring for the characters, how will the story change. Each day brings a new mystery waiting to be discovered.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love video games so I will load up my PS4 and play some games. I also love sports. I am a big time Washington Nationals fan but since I live in California, I have to settle for watching them on my computer or tablet. I love to go for a walk or a hike.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Amazon does a great job sending me links to books I may like. There are authors I love to read. Sometimes, just by visiting other authors social media and if something strikes my curiosity, I will download an ebook.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
One of the first stories I wrote was about a pair of Private Detectives named Mark and Tony. I know, how original. But these two were complete opposites and really relied on each other to solve cases. By making them private detectives, I could write multiple stories with the same main characters. The stories unfortunately, were not very good as I was I was only 10 when I first started writing them.
What is your writing process?
I will get an idea, maybe its about a character and their profession or a problem that needs to be solved. Usually when an idea is sprung in my head, I think about it before I go to sleep. Often times, I can see it play out like a movie. I will do this for about a week and then I will begin to write an outline. I don't outline the whole book but I like to have a general idea of where my story will end up. Once I develop a general outline, I will begin creating characters around it. Each chapter early on gets a general synopsis. I will write a main sentence and a few supporting sentences. Once I have done this for enough chapters, the story begins to unfold itself and I can write the rest without crafting further outlines for the remaining chapters but I always have an ending in mind. Usually the ending I initially envision does not end up being how the story concludes.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read was about a mouse who drove a car. There was a small little community of them living inside the walls of a house. It was a really well told story and it made me wonder as a kid if there was a who city living within my walls that I couldn't see.
How do you approach cover design?
I do the cover designs myself. I am pretty handy with the computer and I create a lot of presentations for my day job. I try to find images and colors that reveal something about the story and to set a certain mood. Themes are very important as you want the reader's eye to be caught and get an initial impression of what the story is about based on the cover. It is a difficult process but I love the challenge.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is an escape. I would love for the words I create to fall upon a readers eyes and invoke an emotion. Words are powerful. It is an unbelievable feeling when someone tells you that they were moved by something you wrote.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Los Angeles, California. The San Fernando Valley to be exact. There are all kinds of wonderful people from all walks of life. There is always something to learn or see. I think this has opened my eyes to many different things which fills me with ideas.
Published 2017-08-30.
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Pine Brook Falls
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,280. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
When his sister disappears, Charlie Noble returns to his home town in search of her. He soon discovers that the town holds many secrets and the residents of Pine Brook Falls are just as mysterious as the town itself. The mystery deepens when he learns that his sister was on the verge of exposing those mysteries before she disappeared.
What Eye See
Price: Free! Words: 22,090. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
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A woman who can see the dead must face her fears as she is plunged in to a fight for her life. The world of the dead and living collide in this intense journey into the unknown.