Interview with Matt Cairns

When did you first start writing?
Around 2003, 2004, aged 30 or 31, something like that. Ten years ago, roughly.
Why did you start writing?
It's kind of a ridiculous story.
I was in a bad relationship, with my partner often saying how we 'needed' a pool, and 'needed' a boat, and things like that (which we couldn't afford), so I got this crazy and irrational idea that I could just up and write a bestselling novel, make millions of dollars, and we'd live happily ever after. So, without any idea of how to do it, I started writing. The relationship ended, along with my writing idea(at that time, anyway). A few years later I decided to have another crack at the whole writing thing, and found myself hooked.
What is your writing process?
Work all day every day until I need a day or two off. Then get back into it again. I do make notes, but generally it all just floats around in my head. And even if I do make notes, I hardly ever use them. I might come up with two, three, four chapters in my head, and by the time I've written them, I've thought of the next two, or three, or four. All throughout, I generally have the beginning and end in mind, and the rest sort of falls into place.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without them, I'm only writing for myself, and that's not why I do it. If it was, I'd simply finish a book and put it in a box somewhere, and what's the point of that?
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a crime thriller called Harry's End, hopefully due out at the end of 2013. I think it will be good...
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Terry Brooks, John Connelly, Paul Cleave, Wilbur Smith, Alastair Maclean, Robert B.Parker, to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually the need to pee. And because there is always something to be done. Oh, and because life, in general, isn't all that bad.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watch a good movie, try and keep fit, visit my grandmother at her rest-home. And try to find better things to cook.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Since I started writing, I very rarely read. I can't seem to focus on other people's work, while my own work is churning around in my head. The dystonia doesn't help much in the reading department either.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Can't say I do. Could have been a Noddy book. But then I'd probably have turned out gay.
How do you approach cover design?
With enjoyment. It's one of the most fun experiences I've had in the whole process. I just imagine a cool scene in the story, something that encompasses it all, and take it from there.
Describe your desk
Somewhere between my knees and my laptop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the military, and so moved around a lot. It's given me a wealth of scenery and memory, which I definitely make use of.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Despite being told by agents and publishers that my work was quote 'incredible' none of them wanted to take it on. So I decided to try my luck on the internet.
How does your disorder, Cervical Dystonia, affect your writing, as well as your life?
It makes everything harder, pretty-much. I sometimes have to rest my chin on the desk, which makes it almost impossible to see the keyboard, which I need to do, as I'm not a touch typist.
What would you say is your best asset?
My sense of humor. When I graduated from the Police Academy in 1998, my class instructor told me my sense of humor would make me a valuable asset to any police station I worked in. I don't recall him mentioning anything about my actual policing potential however...
Why do you write?
I write because my soul yearns for it, and I would die if I didn't...Na! Just kidding. (I can't stand writers who say crap like that). I write for lots of reasons, but for two main ones: First, because I think I'm not too bad at it. And second, because of the potential to make a living from it (however meagre that living will be).
Has anyone ever said you look like George Clooney?
Why, yes. Yes they have.
Did you just lie in that last question?
Why, yes. Yes I did.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The finished product. The feeling of achievement is amazing. You should try it...
Published 2013-08-29.
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