Interview with Matthew Drzymala

When did you first start writing?
I started to write in 2011, taking part in NaNoWriMo before taking a creative writing course in 2012. From then on I haven't stopped writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is called The Bumpkinton Tales: Volume One. It's a collection of short stories and novellas set in the fictional village of Bumpkinton. Each story is slightly different and the characters get stranger as the stories progress. There are a mixture of topics and themes in the book. Bittersweet is about new arrivals in the village who are opening up a shop, much to the displeasure of local busybody, Amelia Goose who has more than a few things to say about the 'townies' coming to the village.

Meanwhile, The Bachelor is about a Singles Night where an outsider comes in, believing he's a ladies man when half of the female population just think he's a giant moron.

There are 5 stories in all which are: Last Christmas, Bittersweet, The Bachelor, The Family Jewels and Albert's Christmas.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to write and the easiest easy was to become an indie. I've managed to meet some great writers along the way who have become my proofreaders and editor. I didn't want to get rejection after rejection from publishers and whilst being an indie can be difficult, I love being one.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm new to Smashwords, having sold through other channels previously. I felt I was missing out on readers and thought I would give Smashwords a go. I haven't sold many at time of writing, but I'm new to the site and I'm hoping it will give me a platform to be visible to more readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Just writing what I like. I don't tend to write with an audience in mind. I write the stories purely because I love writing about the characters and what silly escapades they're getting up to next. I don't have to stick strictly to deadlines and I'm free to write when I want. If I don't feel in the right place to write, I don't have to.

I just love being able to express myself and have fun with it.
What do your fans mean to you?
A lot. I want people to read my stories and enjoy them. If they are funny stories, I want them to laugh or if they're more serious, I want to excite or scare them.

As much as I write for myself I want others to enjoy my work and get out of them what I do writing them. I'll always talk to fans about my writing, it puts a smile on my face and I let readers have input into my stories. I want people to name a character and things like that. It's a joy to include things like that and seeing what I can make out of it.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the first Bumpkinton novel at the moment which will be called The Fantastical Gregory Shortbread. It's about a travelling showman who puts on theatre productions for ailing villages in need of successful fundraising events.

Somehow he ends up in Bumpkinton which is in the middle of a crime spree and is in need of money to help repair some damage. However, as usual, nothing in Bumpkinton quite goes according to plan.
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Pratchett, Jo Nesbo and JK Rowling.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Not work, that's for sure. After a long day I do find it hard to write in the evening, but I try when I can and most of my weekends are taken up with writing so at the weekend getting stuck into my stories is a good motivator. Weekdays, however...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching TV, mostly. Bad, I know. Since I moved house I don't see some of my friends now and we used to do a lot of sport together after work, but no longer being in the same city means I can no longer do that and my friends where I live now have no interest in playing soccer etc

I try to relax as much as I can and living in an apartment overlooking a river that has ships going by constantly is a nice way to chill out.
What is your writing process?
Haphazard. I do very little preparation but that is mostly because I write stories based in a fictional village in a slightly skewed world to our own. I have one story based in the real world and I did some research for that, but it didn't need much. At the moment I'm comfortable in my little fictional world where I can make up anything I like without needing to be 100% accurate on 99.9% of the things I write :)
Published 2016-07-28.
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Books by This Author

The Fantastical Gregory Shortbread
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,040. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
World-renowned author Sara Hawthorne has chosen the village of Bumpkinton to launch her new book. However, as the writer arrives, the community is facing its worst crime wave in living memory. The time has come for a fundraising event the likes of which Bumpkinton has never seen. But when the big night turns sour, the village needs a hero. It needs the fantastical Gregory Shortbread!
Brainstorm
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,100. Language: American English. Published: October 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Clinical psychologist Michael Eriksson makes a living from helping others, but after a series of events, he is left fighting to pick up the pieces of his own shattered psyche. When he is called to an attempted suicide on a stormy summer's night, Michael has the chance to save a life, but will it be his own?
Albert's Christmas (Bumpkinton #4)
Series: The Bumpkinton Tales. Price: $1.22 USD. Words: 13,810. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Inspirational
There’s a Christmas crisis in Bumpkinton. The clock is ticking, and Fathers Whitworth O’Grady and Harrison Stawker are running out of time to find someone for a very special job. As they race around the inaugural Christmas Markets looking for the right man to fill some very big black boots, their search is thwarted at every turn by protests, flirty florists, and a vindictive journalist.
The Bachelor (Bumpkinton #3)
Series: The Bumpkinton Tales. Price: $1.22 USD. Words: 26,850. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
If there is one thing Fenton knows, it’s that he’s a ladies man. With a stylish suit, perfect hair and a seductive smile that can send women weak at the knees, he knows he’s got it all. There's a Singles Night looming and Fenton has a secret. He’s no longer single.
Bittersweet (Bumpkinton #2)
Series: The Bumpkinton Tales. Price: $1.22 USD. Words: 18,310. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Inspirational
When Venetia was a little girl, her grandpa would regale her with magical tales of the shop he used to own in the mysterious village of Bumpkinton. But when he died, the tales died with him. 30 years later Venetia resolves to find the shop, but has she bitten off more than she can chew?
Last Christmas (Bumpkinton #1)
Series: The Bumpkinton Tales. Price: $1.22 USD. Words: 7,610. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Inspirational
Father Whitworth O'Grady is tired of the same old Christmas Eve ritual. A ritual that consists of watery vegetable soup and a game of cribbage with the ageing Father Stanton. When Father Stanton catches a nasty cold and has to decline a generous invitation to a meal with the Summers-Day family, Father O'Grady feels no guilt in popping along without him.
The Bumpkinton Tales: Volume One
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 77,340. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Welcome to Bumpkinton! Come in, have a cup of tea and a scone, and lose yourself in five humorous tales from the village. Follow Father Whitworth O’Grady as he chokes on a penny, Albert Scatterhorn as he becomes the grubbiest Father Christmas ever, and Amelia Goose as she feuds with… well, anybody. Plus a whole host of characters as they attend the village’s first Singles Night with a sex-craz