MATTHEW W. HARRILL: I WRITE ON THE BUS
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
Matthew W. Harrill is a classic horror author. He is a pure example for indie author, who spends his free time to his hobby – the writing. The results are more then perfect. Just check out the reviews of his books in Amazon and Goodreads and you will see why he is considered as one of the most talented upcoming authors in the genre.
– What is your last book Hellborne about?
– Hellborne is the second book in my series ‘The ARC Chronicles’. The protagonist Eva Ross has survived the dreadful climax to Hellbounce, the first book in the series, and wishes for nothing more than to settle down quietly with Madden Scott, hellbounce, demon returned in human form, and father of the child growing within her.
All this changes when a cult calling themselves the Convocation of the Sacred Fire announce that Eva is expecting the next Messiah. ARC (Anges de la Resurrection des Chevaliers), the mysterious organisation that has been monitoring demons for centuries, makes what amount to unreasonable demands, sending her, heavily pregnant after yet more answers.
Eva, with the help of those closest to her, must travel to the source of the claims. She learns that there are those hidden behind the truth, those that manipulate from the shadows. Those that have not been defeated.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– Hellborne was always in my eyes a link between Hellbounce, and the way I wanted to finish the series. However, as I was writing it, the story took on a life of its own. In terms of choosing to write the story, I didn’t stop from writing Hellbounce. Literally one day writing the epilogue to book 1, the following day beginning research on book 2
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– From looking at my manuscript I would say that the biggest challenge has been keeping the nomenclature correct. By that I mean that in writing a story, sometimes the names change slightly. For example, The Convocation of the Sacred Fire ended up sometimes as the Convocation of the Sacred Flame. Fortunately I have a wonderful editor who picks up all of my literary waywardness.
– Tell us something more about your main character? Is it close to someone from your real life?
– Eva Ross is based physically on a lovely young lady from Poland called Ewa Glowacka. She used to work in my office and is the primary reason I started writing again after a long break from writing an epic fantasy series called ‘The Tome of Law’. In terms of her personality, Eva Ross is not based on anybody in particular, but I do love a story with a strong female protagonist, and Eva is no exception.
– How much time did you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– From the start of research to publication, I think Hellborne took about 9 months. I will not write a novel until it is thoroughly researched. It was easier for me to write since the world in which it is based is real, and all of the characters, with a few exceptions, were fleshed out from book 1.
– What about yours previous works?
– Hellbounce took me the best part of 18 months from inception to completion. I won’t write anything I am not ready to write. Saying that, when I was writing ‘The Path of Dreams’ from my epic fantasy days, having free time (I had been made redundant), I churned out a 225 thousand word novel in 6 weeks.
– Who are you?
– That’s a very good question. Father. Brother. Son. Husband. Uncle to some, nephew to others. Shareplan Implementor by day. Writer on the bus!
– What are your writing habits?
– I take my lunch hour every day to write and organise my works. I also write on the bus to and from work. If my daughters have a party at the local sports centre, you can always find me there writing with a pint of cider at my side.
– Are you satisfied by the sales of the book and do you plan another one?
– They don’t seem to be selling too badly. Hellborne unfortunately did not have the release I had hoped because I lost my internet connection the weekend of release. But If those who read Hellbounce enjoy it, and from the amazon reviews they have, hopefully they will help things along buy buying into the series. I am already writing the final book in the series: Hellbeast.
– What are you doing to promote your book by the best way possible?
I have an engaging public on Facebook, twitter, google+ and Goodreads. I have adverts on iAuthors, and in September I have a discount month on Bookbub. Also If anybody would care to leave an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads they can sign up to my newsletter on http://www.matthewharrill.com and I will send a free copy.
– You’ve got only 5-stars review from the readers, which is great. How do you feel when you receive such a positive feedback?
– I treat it with caution, but at the same time I am very humbled by the reviews. They are not just by people who know me, but also many whom I have never met before. I like that there are those who might not read the genre but have been drawn in to the story. The way people are hooked on reading it justifies the change of pace I introduced into my writing with the shorter chapters.
– You are fan of Wheel of time as me. I enjoyed very much earlier books, maybe until number 6 and then something changed in the way Jordan told the story. What is your opinion, why Robert Jordan changed the pace of the book?
– In all honesty, I never noticed the change. Robert Jordan was a man with a brilliant vision and a beautiful gift. I love epic fantasy, and I also love to immerse myself in a world as much as possible. The wheel of time allowed this because it was so huge, both in scope and word count. Saying that, when Brandon Sanderson took over writing the series, I thought he electrified it. I would like him to go back and galvanise the entire series.
– You were influenced by the TV series Californication. What is there in common between you and Hank Moody?
– Hank moody is a man who came back to write successfully after a long period of not doing so. I associate with that. I also happen to find myself in trouble a lot despite meaning well! That aside, I can promise I like a nice quiet life and the appetites of Hank Moody for those that have watched the TV series are not like mine….
– With four kids around you how do you find time to write?
– Easy : ) Don’t write with the kids around!
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