Interview with Joel Matulich

What do your fans mean to you?
I love my fans. Positive feedback is great because I know that my work is appreciated. Contructive criticism is also helpful because sometimes, when writing, I become so familiar with my work that I cant see the forrest for the trees. Its all good...really. I love my fan base
Who are your favorite authors?
Kobo Abe, Ross MacDonald, Norman Mailer, Mark Coker, Raymond Chandler, John Steinbeck, William S. Burroughs, Mickey Spillane, John Milton, Toni Morrison, Mary Shelley, Franz Kafka, Bram Stoker, David Sedaris, Joel Rose, William Kotzwinkle, Haruki Murakami, and others.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Paradise Lost: I love the language, symbolism, and genius of John Milton.

Native Son: I read this book by Richard Wright, before The Stranger. The are very similar stories. Richard Wright does the better job at keeping the story moving. He also does a better job at writing characters

The Grapes of Wrath: John Steinbecks simple style is beyond me. I like how he ties the econimc landscape to the physical landscape, and family unit.

Frankenstein: Mary Shelley was the first woman writer I have ever read. I didnt expect such an older horror book to be so relevant.

On the Road: This book is amazing in its freedom. Jack Kerouac is simply great, and fun.
What is your writing process?
I take notes of ideas. Read about whatever topic I happen to be interested in at the moment. I prewrite setting and character. If something sticks I begin outlining.
What are you working on next?
I am still in the ideation phase of a surreal novel. I am exploring new avenues and attempting to wow my readers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was in Junior High School. I wrote a story from the point of view of my radio. I got laughed at in class.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Murder in the Rue Morgue. It was a long time ago, but what I do remember is being frightened. I was also amazed at how frightened I got from a story. There were no gorey pictures, just words on the page.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life...and I aint bullshittin'
Describe your desk
No desk, just a notebook and a pen my parents got for me as a gift from Yosemite. That is enough for me, I've always thought of writing as the poor mans hobbie
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use the Kindle Paperwhite right now. My first Kindle, 2nd generation, broke.
Published 2015-12-08.
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Books by This Author

The Forlorn Exotic
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,350. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Custom John is born before our eyes into a dimension vacant of rules, knowledge, or occupancy. Finding a disturbing and disgusting population, he is set on solving the ills of society. Confused at first, Custom John discovers his ability to move throughout the universe. His purpose and identity lose importance as he attempts to rid the world of the evil Dr. Tung.