Interview with Gracie A. Matthews

What are your five favorite books, and why?
The bible, The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies, Great Expectations, Alice in Wonderland.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Right now, I use my Kindle app. on my phone.
Who are your favorite authors?
F.Scott Fitzgerald, William Golding, C.S.Lewis, Charles Dickens, Robert Bly, Jared Diamond, Jonathan Kozol,
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My beautiful 15 year old daughter, Winter Rose. I love to watch her grow and see her understand her world.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, baking, watching TV; Criminal Minds, Intervention, and Hoarders is my favorite.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest work is a collection of poetry titled; My Demons Were Always With Me. Most of the pieces I wrote while working on my novel, which I am still working on titled; Get Off The Lunchroom Table. It is realistic fiction for young adults, based on what middle school children deal with in society today both in school and in their dysfunctional home life. The poems deal with addictions, violence, and the fight to find ones spirituality
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote when I was 15 years old. As an English student my class went to a nursing home and interviewed an elderly person about their entire life. We then put a finished copy together and presented it to them. I still have my copy and have fond memories of Ms. Emma.
What is your favorite color?
Purple has always been my favorite color.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on Long Island in N.Y. I don't think that it was the location but more the dysfunction I grew up in that leads to the influence of my stories.
Published 2016-02-28.
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