Interview with Matt Kratz

Published 2014-06-08.
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?
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