Interview with Matthew Tucker

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in 7th grade. I started on a story that was a mixture of superman and the justice league. After finishing it I found it was too shallow and without depth and new ideas so I didn't want to publish it due to fear of it being rejected
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I found that I constantly had new ideas flowing out of my mind. Granted, I'm sure that some of the ideas reference other, already made stories/books, but overall I would put a certain twist on my ideas so that in the end they would be different from the original idea in such a way that it would make an even more interesting story.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is getting my idea jotted down somewhere. The fact that my idea is forever engraved in a file, or piece of paper puts my mark on the history of man. Someday my book could impact someone, maybe be found in a museum or read by a future generation. The fact that my thoughts could effect someone else gives me the best feeling.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my fans because they are the ones who keep me on my writing; who both acknowledge and critique me. My fans show me what they like and dislike and overall make me a better writer. Why should I write if no one will like it? If no one will read it, why are my thoughts important? These are questions that I ask myself everyday.
What are you working on next?
I am working on sorting through my ideas right now. From what I can tell you the next story will have something to do with futuristic technology and how a single or few people deal with it in an interlocking storyline.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors include Daniel Suarez (Daemon series), Kim Harrison (the Hollows series), and Chloe Neill (Chicago vampires series). I like mostly Science Fiction, fantasy, and urban fantasy books and series and many more authors that write those.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time gaining further knowledge about technology; web site development, and game development mainly. At the end of every day I curl up in bed with a good book that I'm interested in. These fuel my passion and ideas for further books that I would write.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have a Barnes and Noble Nook which is what I curl up with at the end of each day to read. I look under categories like science fiction and fantasy and look for something that peeks my interest by both the cover and the brief description.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. My first book was titled 'Teen Force' because it had a bunch of teenagers with abilities that were fighting against the government in an alternate reality type storyline. Not all that thoughtful or interesting but I have never been good at making my own book titles; usually I will ask for help from friends and family to come up with an intriguing title.
What is your writing process?
First my idea springs up (which is always a setting). Second I come up with the main character, the secondary characters, and any other characters that will be openly described, (this step I might go back to as the book goes on I might think of another character that could fit in and make the story better.) Thirdly I come up with how the book will end. This is the most important step because if I don't decide on the ending then I will keep changing things in the middle and will eventually give up because my ideas are too far out there, or not applicable to the vision I had originally. The rest of it is writing the content up until the end.
Published 2013-09-11.
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