MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR P. MATTERN❤️
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I am author P.Mattern, and currently I am an Award Winning , Amazon #1 and Amazon Top 100 author of over 20 novels in the genres of Horror, Thriller/Suspense, Paranormal and SciFI. I have also written Award winning LGBT and Historical Fiction.
My favorite genre is Romantic Horror.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My next release, from CHBB Publishing will be ‘ Vampire Princess, My Infernal Darkness’.I wanted to write a more original version of the “young woman swept away by a monster to a completely new life” trope. Vampire Princess is meatier, more horrifying and steamier than the usual and takes place in the Arctic Circle.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I wanted to bring fresh concepts to ramp up the paranormal genre-original monsters, creatures, characters, locations and so forth. The stories usually jut come to me and I buckle down, regardless of genre.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I researched Svalbard in Norway where the Silo is located. It is sort of an underground city. I researched seasons, dangers, animal life and cuisine particular to the region.
Can you tell me about your Series?
My Full Moon Series has five books in print and ebook. Book One is World of Azglen, book two is Congregation of darkness, Book Three is FUll Moon Falling Faster, Book Four is A quanta of Magick, and Book FIve is Roue of the Dragon. I am currently finishing Book 6. It began with a question I was asking myself one day as I was thinking about vampires and talking to my differently abled young adult son Jeffrey. I wondered what would happen if a mentally disabled human was bitten by a vampire…would they become normal? Or superabled even? The character of Charley Rabbit was born and the storyline has continued through six volumes.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
YES surprisingly! I FLOVE Book Two , Congregation of Darkness because it introduces so many new characters to the original cast of characters and it is over 400 pages long! I also love it because it involved a lot of worldbuilding and readers are introduced to new realms and different phylums of vampires and other creatures. It contains many subplots which flow seamlessly together and I got a kick out of writing it.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
As I mentioned earlier my own handicapable oldest son inspired the series. As a widow that raised 3 kids I know a lot about caregiving and being a single mom, and that helped to give the series authenticity.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Once again I researched some of the world’s most remote locales, and also medieval weaponry and the Goth language of which only 80 words exist today.
Was it always meant to become a series?
I sincerely believe so, because parts of the second book were coming through asI reached the halway point in Book One. At that point I thought there might be two books, but then part way through book two I knew how Book Three would begin. The series was basically revealing itself as I wrote along!
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I am a turtle writer. I write 500 to 2500 words a day, usually on two or more works in progress. I usually end up finishing 3 books within days of each other.I write every single day, rarely missing a day, and even at that pace you can crank out about half a novel a month!
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I am currently working on Andy of the Damned Two:The Necromancer and the Dybbuk Box, Full Moon Series Book 6, Dragonfire:Halls of Ash and Marble, and an MC novel titled ’Beat You Down’.as well as a story for an Paranormal Christmas Anthology, 12 Magical Nights of Christmas with NYT and USA TODAY authors! I have already signed to have my Dystopian Novel,’COLD WORLD” released in 2018 by CHBB/VAMPTASY publishing and I have several chapters on that as well. I am very stoked about all of it!
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I believe that names are both magical and meaningful, so I would like to say that I “choose” my character names carefully, and sometimes I do just that, but usually the characters just jump in my head and tell me their names and I am just the willing scribe that writes them down!
I tend to research villain names, they are ultra important. I like Latinate names with meaning..Our villain ‘Adrastos’ in Full Moon Series has a name derived from the Latin for ‘Unyielding’.
Where do your ideas come from?
God, the universe, outer space, dreams…I think writers are just people with invisible antenna that can pick up on all the creative energy floating around. I am happy to say that Stephen King agrees with me…kinda.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Getting myself to sit in the seat and start keyboarding. I am kind of hyper.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have a hella trailer for the FULL MOON SERIES WORLD OF AZGLEN. I hired professional actors and models: David Walsh, Bryan Cohen, Brittany Rachelle Smith and Alex Carswell have all gone on to appear in TV series and on big screen productions! We have thousands of views for our series trailer, plus the music is original composition by composer Austin Putt.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Raising my kids and resurrecting my career as a Behavioral Health Specialist was pretty awesome but writing these novels=PRICELESS.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
BEING IN THE ZONE writing a book. Pure joy, all worries fade away, you are transported into a world of your creation and it feels wonderful.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Er-maybe not here. I am kinda old, like old as the Cryptkeeper’s wife kind of old. But I think I will have attained a massive readership. That’s what my clairvoyant friend says….SO…WHAT SHE SAID! lol!
Have you always liked to write?
I always loved making up stories. Always. I grew up in a difficult situation and pretending became my escape, as it so often does in those kind of situations.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write and keep writing don’t quit, don’t throw anything away ever just keep going. Practice matters. Find your audience and cherish them and run your new work by them. Readers rock and can brighten the most dismal day!
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
EASY-i have always wanted to be either a real life fairy godmother or the girl riding the lead elephant in the circus wearing sequins and a feather .
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
It is lovely and awesomely encouraging when my books resonate with a reader but I can’t expect to be everyone’s cup of tea that is not realistic. I do take criticism into consideration because we can learn from it, and even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while. But I don’t take it personally, no matter what because maybe that person had a really bad day…you never know!
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
I suck at trying to edit I always correct mistakes as I read in my brain and they are invisible to me. I once describes editing as being” like having to talk after sex”
My publisher told me,”LEARN TO TALK AFTER SEX” …LOL
Also I am a techdork. Technology stymies me.
What are you working on now?
The 3 or 4 projects I mentioned earlier.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Sure. This is from ‘CRIMSON’, My cowritten project with K.C. Harper, releasing this Fall:
CRIMSON’ by K C.Harper and P.Mattern
Here is an excerpt y’all! We like to call it,
“DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON”
As soon as Edison stepped off the plane the copilot closed and secured the exit door to the aircraft, removing the suit coat of his uniform and hanging it up on one of the hooks in the galley.
His own private time of reckoning had come.
He opened the mini fridge that held the liquor and poured champagne and absinthe into a glass, raising it up to make sure it had attained the required degree of milkiness.
It had. He took the glass back into the pilots cabin and raised it to Jim, who was slumped to the side , the pistol still in his hand.
The cocktail he’d made was appropriately named ,”Death in the Afternoon.”
“To you buddy,” he said, taking several gulps.
Afterwards he gently took the gun from his friend’s hand. He had felt the symptoms of the Zomb virus kicking in several hours ago. He wasn’t going home to expose his family to it. He was a dead man walking.
Those were the stark truths he was facing.
He focused on the horizon as he cocked the gun. Seeing the horizon always reassured him. It was always there, marking the divide between heaven and earth and providing a reference point for pilots all over the earth.
Sighing, he pressed the gun barrel, still warm with his friends blood, against his temple and pulled the trigger.
……….copyright by kc harper and p.mattern 2016/2017 all rights reserved
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
They just flow into my consciousness. I just pay attention. I don’t force myself to write something I am not feeling passion for.
Where did your love of books come from?
My teachers and parents.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Tons, several tons. Anne Rice J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Poe, Edith Wharton, Margaret Mitchell too many to name.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I love Johnny Treadwell in my novel with M. Mattern,”THE FOREST OF BLEEDING TREES’ PUBLISHED BY TELL-TALE PUBLISHING because he is an intellectually smart, rustic country teenager and no one’s sucker. He has a huge heart, is devoted to his family and fiercely loyal and horny as hell.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
We have several social media pages and youtube videos, do events and interviews, podcasts, etc.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. Both. Energizing and also exhausting.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Disruptions and responsibilities…grrrrrrrr.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Well I will never write a book about a diaper fetish though I notice they sell very well.it was really never about that to me, just about telling the stories in my head. If someone wants a certain genre that I don’t usually write in for a story for charity that is different, I will do it and do a good job but mostly I am fortunate to be able to write what excites me!
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Again, TONS. This year especially I have become acquainted with some amazing authors and they all offer something unique: K.C. Harper, P.T Macias, D. James, Lily Luchesi, Rue Volley, SJ Davis, James Longmore, Emery Leeann,Latisha Ashby, Stephanie Kelley, L. Bachman, S.E.Rise, Feind Gottes, Xtina Marie, Jay Michael Wright II, Bryan A. Tann, Elizabeth Cash, Scarlet Darkwood, Kindra Sowder ,Tania Hagan,Crystal Barnard,Elizabeth Alsobrooks, Shakuita Johnson,Toneye Eyenot, Savannah Morgan,Jim Goforth,Becky Narron,Heather Marie Adkins,Zorha Edwards, Faith Marlow, J.L. Joyal, Terra James, so many more And reading is my favorite pastime, so I read these great writers!
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Oh I’ve already got that! It would be ,’EVERYTHING ABOUT HER IS BESIDE THE POINT’.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I want to be asked if I think the most famous writers are the best writers. I would say ‘no’. I think some of the best will never be discovered and have absolute literary treasures sitting in the back of a desk drawer. This is why I promote emerging authors all the time. Because there is so much undiscovered talent, so many stories that never are told.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
FMS BOOK TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0xuEG7Ojug
FMS SERIES ROCK ANTHEM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVBgSEZxwn0
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
My pleasure! Thank you so very much for having me!