Interview with Matt Kratz

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching movies, working
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A story about Squirrelman-the basis of one of the stories on one of he trilogies found here!
What is your writing process?
I have two-either plan ahead or "improvise." That is, I have the basic story structure in mind, but I develop it as I go along, but I know where it's going.
How do you approach cover design?
I use my own photographs and see what my designer does with them. I blend my "themes" into the pictures and images.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Flowers for Algernon-great book!
Lonesome Dove-elegantly written
The Stand-classic Stephen King
Medusa's Child-great action
The Dead Zone
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction mostly-Stephen King, Larry McMurtry, John Grisham, etc. I also like history, true crime, and biographies.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
social media
Describe your desk
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Dallas area, in an academic setting. I set some of my work in colleges. It prepared me for good thought.
When did you first start writing?
Early life-pre adulthood.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My most recent published one is one that deals with fantasies I felt like I had to get off my chest. One I'm working on deals with "trauma dramas."
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Wanting to get noticed as a writer. It's on my bucket list.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
as a good start!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
satisfaction of letting people know who i am and giving people the joy of something to read
What do your fans mean to you?
more than they will ever know. in other words, a great deal!
What are you working on next?
a story about a lady who appeared on american idol, and someone is trying to shoot her down, and story about a man who was present at the OKC bombing, 9/11, and the boston marathon bombing.
Who are your favorite authors?
stephen king, larry mcmurtry, john grisham, iris johansen, kay hooper, agatha christie
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Published 2014-06-08.
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Books by This Author

A Trio That Will Take You Back
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,760. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A trio of stories about a lady receiving mysterious texts, a superhero team facing new-and old-foes, and a lady's childhood dreams intertwining with her current life.
3 Gamely Pursuits
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,320. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
A trilogy of people searching for stuff:a man using a conch shell to help others, bowlers searching for a kidnap victim, and a cartoonist searching for animals as a result of a copycat of one of his storylines.
3 Mighty Bonds
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,890. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A trilogy of stories:A man doing the things on his bucket list with the help of a "mysterious stranger"; a superhero fighting a familiar foe with help from a familiar team;and a a lady seeking escape from an unhappy marriage using writing as one means.
Chasing Courage-a Trio of Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,780. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General
A trio of stories involoving courage and difficult situations:two teenagers facing a night of terror, a game show host involving a difficult guest, and a superhero facing a new foe.
A Quartet of Case Studies
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,840. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General
This is a collection of stories about a group of friends searching to ride a legendary horse;a singer's descent;an ex-football player;and an alien's revenge, the sequel another one of my stories!
3 Survivor Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,100. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General
Imagine being rigged for your performance on American Idol;being present at the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, and the Boston Marathon attack;and being sucked into "tv land" where you get to meet all your favorite tv show characters. That's what all the stories in this trilogy are about!
3 Trips Down Life's Byways
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,520. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
There are three stories here. "Squirrelman II" continues the adventures of Maples' greatest superhero. "The Rabbi's Ricochet" deals with a man's past coming back to haunt him. In "The Orange Eyed Invasion," can a mysterious figure be stopped from his plans from taking over the world?
3 Bios in a Circle
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,940. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
3 stories are included in this anthology-one about a professor who invokes a spirit to aid his ill daughter;another whose old love arrives back into his life at the wrong time;and another about a man who gets a bike helmet that endows him with remarkable powers.
3 Paths Crossed Here
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 38,260. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Anthologies, Fiction » Anthologies » General
This is a collection of three stories. The first story, "Bastinili," details the life story of baseball star Bobby Bastinili from his childhood to his retirement and the the rise & fall of his ego. The second, "The Words' Path," details a teacher and her student, her correspondence, and her brother's upcoming divorce. In the third, "The Lyrics' Hunt," two stars are kidnapped and searched for.
3 Worlds Journey
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 37,280. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This is a collection of three fantasy/sci fi stories. The first, "Squirrelman," involves an ordinary man who is bestowed with an extraordinary gift of a second identity. The second, "An Adventure in Adaven," features a man's journey into space and his experience on a whole new world. The third and final, "The Marlon Haze," deals with a stand against a 150-year old evil in a small Texas town.