MATTHEW SALESSES: THE HUNDRED-YEAR-FLOOD TOOK 11 YEARS
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
Matthew Salesses’s new book The Hundred-Year-Flood was published on September 1 and received mixed reactions from the readers. The novel was described as “A masterfully written novel of self-discovery” and “Beautiful, tragic, but realistic”.
Our next guest was featured with articles in The New York Times. He is a master of essays and also is a speaker. So here is our quick chat with Matthew:
– Matthew, what is your next book The Hundred-Year-Flood about?
– It’s about an American who goes to Prague and there is asked to pose for a series of paintings by a famous artist. He gets into an affair with the artist’s wife, and they get stuck in a hundred-year flood.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– I started the book when I was living in Prague in 2004. I didn’t write the flood into the book until later.
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– The book took eleven years to write. Most things were a challenge, but one of the biggest challenges was figuring out what the book was really about and why I was so attached to it that I would keep working on it for so long. What I was hiding from myself about the book, essentially.
– Tell us something more about your main characters Tee, Pavel and Katka? Are they close to someone from your real life?
– They’re all based on people I knew in Prague and since. Katka is probably most like me. Tee is a very flawed version of who I was at 22, which is a lot different from who I am now. Pavel is kind of a distorted version of who he once was as an artist.
– What the readers are going to find in your book I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying?
– It’s a book about a man who finds out he has a son he never knew about. The book is told in 115 one-page chapters.
– Give us some insight about The Last Repatriate?
– It’s based on the true story of an American POW in the Korean War who, at the end of the war, refused to return to America.
– Who are you?
– Writer, father, husband, adoptee.
– What are your writing habits?
– I wish I had time for habits. I drink coffee. I guess that’s my writing habit.
– What are you doing to promote your book by the best possible way?
– I write essays.
– When we will see your next novel and would you unveil something more about it?
– I’m working on a novel about a man who is trying to solve the murder of an alternate reality version of himself.
– In your opinion what is the best way for a writer to develop his creativity and to improve as an author?
– Make yourself vulnerable.
To learn more about Matthew Salesses check out his Webpage
Take a look at his books
The Hundred-Year Flood
The Last Repatriate
I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying
About Ognian GeorgievOgnian Georgiev is a sport journalist, who is working as an editor at the "Bulgaria Today" daily newspaper. He covered the Summer Olympics in Beijing 2008 and in London 2012. The author specializes in sports politics, investigations and coverage of Olympic sports events. Ognian Georgiev works as a TV broadcaster for Eurosport Bulgaria, Nova Broadcasting group, TV+, F+ and TV7. He is a commentator for fight sports events such as boxing/kickboxing and MMA. In May 2014 Ognian Georgiev released the English version of his book The White Prisoner: Galabin Boevski's secret story.
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