Interview with Clarence Matthews

When did you first start writing?
I always have, as soon as I could write I would record my own stories. I can barely remember when I was five or six I used to write stories about video games I played and things around me. My first stories were about my Super NES game Doom, one of our dogs on an Indiana Jones type adventure for treats and some Viking alien mushrooms.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My current work in progress is a fantasy medieval crime novelette focusing on a couple of constables investigating a missing persons complaint.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was an outlet for me that provided a tangible outcome for my writing. It let others see my work and I had an end goal for writing rather than banishing my stories to a word file and never looking at them again.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allows me to self publish my work when I am finished and ready for it. I can write as much or as little as I want with no deadlines or pressure. I have complete control over everything I do.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to display a finished product. I make a book, I illustrate the cover, and then I step back and say "wow, look what I did, that was me!".
What do your fans mean to you?
Well right now I am celebrating being anonymous. If I have fans I hope they enjoy my work, they just aren't being vocal about it right now. I also don't put myself out there. It's hard to have fans when you don't advertise.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen king, Archer Mayor, and Patrick Mcmanus are my top three!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife, school, work. I wish I could just live on a hobby farm and write all day but alas bills and the ever looming tax man prod me along.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am wholly devoted to my wife, and my fire department. She may disagree but they come in that order.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Counter to what any other author may believe in but I scroll the free section. I have not paid a penny for any ebook I have ever read. That may change in the future but I doubt any time soon.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sort of. It was an Indiana Jones style adventure about one of our pet dogs trying to get treats. I don't even remember the title it was Something and the Treasure of the Lost Bones. I wrote it and drew the pictures on my my mothers printer paper with a set of markers.
Published 2014-03-03.
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