Interview with Mateo Marquez

How do you approach cover design?
Have a lot of talented friends, how I approach getting anything done. Two artists that designed my first two book covers were people I just met through the course of living my life and it just happened organically.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Book that inspired me to finally write my first one was The Alchemist, even reference that story in the book itself. Love Orwell's 1984, kind of one of these books that changes the whole way you view the World you're in. Big Shakespeare buff. Love Twain. Honestly, my two favorite authors of all time wrote kid's stuff: Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein.
What do you read for pleasure?
Used to be my Facebook newsfeed, usually it's email sadly. But seriously, love a lot of the creative self-help-ish stuff out there like Gladwell and Don Miguel. As someone in recovery, I like finding people out there that write transparently about love and trying to make yourself better. Isn't that why we live?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. Have to borrow my daughter's, though, she's got all the cool gizmos.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Going out and meeting people and shaking their hands and telling them your story. If you do that well, people will want to tune into the rest of the story.
Describe your desk
Ordered chaos, lots of sticky notes.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Albuquerque, influenced more than just my writing. I credit everything I am to having grown up in the most diverse and liberal state in the country. New Mexico is a crazy place, why the aliens came there: they were coming home. I was blessed to grow up around people and institutions that valued and celebrated diversity and living life to the fullest, to your own beat.
When did you first start writing?
First officially published words I ever wrote on record were "shit" and "love" on the door in crayon on my first day of kindergarten. That sums up a lot more than my writing career.
What's the story behind your latest book?
New book that will be coming out 4-20-15, The Serenity Tree, is actually a story that spans the first year of my sobriety. Like The Phoenix of Hotel Freds, it's another hot mess of a narrative of the next chapter of my life. If Phoenix was finding your feet again, this was some of the crawling and walking and even a brisk jog at times. But I hate running.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love helping people, to a fault: a lot of my writing is encouraging others to help themselves through my own trials and errors on the vital topic.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Love hearing people that say "I relate" or "you say things I can't/won't/shouldn't say." I think I help a lot of others remind themselves of some things they may have forgotten about themselves and their ability to be themselves without taking themselves too seriously.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. If no one cares about you, no one will care what you say. I spent a couple months when The Phoenix first came out touring the country and handing out 5,000 paper copies of the book, was a pretty ridiculous promotional tour in many ways but was pretty amazing in many others. It gave me a chance to build a pretty loyal following out of the gates, one that I always try and speak to empathetically when I'm pounding the keys.
What are you working on next?
Growing a kids yoga business, check us out:, enjoying as much time as I can with my daughter, G$. Christmas shopping...see ya.
Published 2014-12-14.
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Books by This Author

Poser Kids Book 1: Makes Sense to Me
Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Health & Daily Living / Fitness & Exercise, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Yoga
Whether you know it or not, yoga is a part of your life. From getting up in the morning, to going to bed at night, you’re doing yoga poses all day every day. Join Mister Mateo on YouTube and in our PoserKids book series to learn to move mindfully through the poses of your day. ALL kids can be PoserKids!
The Phoenix of Hotel Freds
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,590. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Whether the resurrection of this unique phoenix can also lead ultimately to his redemption hangs in the balance, and five diversely memorable women have big says in the pitched battle for the soul of Mateo Marquez. It is his distinctive voice we hear throughout, in its insistent allusions, over-the-top tropes, and strangely endearing raunchiness—two parts wise guy and one part pure sage.