I am so excited to be able to interview author, Paul Mathews on the blog today. Paul has just realised his new book, We Have Lost the Coffee and I am excited to reveal a bit more about this new novel….
Author Interview – Paul Mathews
What process do you follow for your writing? Are you a planner or do you just let it flow? Straight to PC or pen and paper?
I decide a title and rough story in my head. Then I have a good think about it over the coming weeks – it’s a bit like leaving a stew to simmer while you consider what ingredients to add to it. Sometimes ideas will come to me in the shower, when I’m in bed, or other odd places. Once it’s reasonably clear, I plan it all chapter-by-chapter and then start typing the story on my laptop. Things always change. It’s like visiting a strange town with a rough idea of where you’re going – it’s never the route you planned, but you reach your destination eventually.
Do you attend writing/author focused conferences? Which is your favourite?
No. I prefer to lurk on online forums for self-published authors, where I pick up loads of great advice and information. There is a mine of information out there on the internet, if you know where to look (the Kboards Writer’s Café, for example). Of course, if anyone wants to pay me thousands of pounds to talk at one of those conferences, I’m always open to offers!
How many manuscripts do you have that you never submitted? Will you consider approaching your publisher with them now?
I don’t have any unfinished novels. But I do have a half-finished plot outline for a comedy science-fiction novel that I might write one day. I was going to start writing it in January, but I decided it was easier to just keep writing my We Have Lost series, with characters and locations that were already firmly established.
As a self-published author, I don’t have a publisher and have never sought one. I prefer to be in control of everything: my stories, editing, covers, PR and marketing. As a result, I don’t have to worry about having story ideas rejected! Instead, I discuss them with a few friends and family. If they like it, then I go for it.
What one piece of advice do you wish you received before you started writing?
Social media alone won’t sell your book. Think about advertising from day one. And don’t forget about those lovely bloggers!
What one piece of intended good advice, wasn’t what it seemed?
I don’t think anyone gave me any advice personally – but there are a lot of people out there in internet world who are convinced they are the font of all knowledge when they are clearly just speaking from their own, limited perspective. You have to be able to critically evaluate everything you read.
What is your favourite thing about the whole writing process?
Reading a final draft and marvelling at the fact that I’ve actually written a novel!
Was there a particular book that made you sit up and think ‘that’s it, I’m going to be an author too’?
My mum wrote some paranormal fiction books and they were published by a small publisher. I already had some stage plays published by Lazy Bee Scripts and it got me wondering if I could make the transition to novels. I concluded it wasn’t such a big jump and decided to take a career break to write one. That career break eventually turned into a decision to never go back and become a full-time writer. It’s one of the best decisions I ever made.
Who do you envisage as playing your characters if your book was ever turned into a movie?
I would insist on Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Tom Hanks and Matthew McConaughey …or the deal’s off.
What do you consider is your greatest accomplishment?
Getting my first and second novels to number one in the Amazon US ‘political humor’ charts was pretty awesome. The first book also got to number one in ‘British humor & satire’. This now means I can call myself a ‘best-selling author’ which is very useful for marketing purposes. And it gives me a nice warm feeling inside, too!
Genre: Science Fiction | Comedy
Publication Date: 28 June 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US