Today I am so excited to share an interview with Matthew E. Nordin. I ‘met’ Matthew through Dot’s House and have followed him on Facebook as he has continued his journey. He, and his lovely wife, are two of the nicest (and funniest) people I’ve worked with. It is a pleasure to support and stand behind them as he continues forward with his writing career.
So, without furtherado, on to the interview…
What genres do you write in?
I write in the speculative fiction genres: science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
Please tell us a little about the books you’ve written.
I became serious about my writing in 2014 and decided to start publishing. Dot’s Micro-Publishing House reached out to me as I was putting together a collection of my poetry. My first book was, therefore, published by Dot’s in 2016, Musings of the Northern Poet. My debut novel, The Pycroft Particle, was published by Dot’s in 2018. I also published a few short stories through Amazon Kindle: XR-404, Paint Me a Picture of Poison, Endgame Elimination, and The First Cycle. Hollows of the Nox was self-published early this year and is the first book in a fantasy series.
What inspires you? Is it the same for all genres?
I had the idea for a story about how my wife and I met. It became the catalyst for my world building in the fantasy series and I decided to write the other stories to create that world. The actual story is going to be book four in the Shadows of Eleanor series.
Tell us what a writing work day looks like for you.
If I’m having a good writing day, I try to work on my latest work for an hour before a break. I try to do something else creative such as designing cover art or another crafting project if I’m starting to get worn out on writing.
Can you describe your writing schedule?
I have yet to get a normal writing schedule. Writing around a full-time job is difficult so I try to sneak in as much as I can. Some days I will write for hours while others I only have time to jot down ideas. I’m hoping this will change later this year.
Why did you become a poet?
For me, poetry was a way to express myself. I always enjoyed reading other’s works and it became natural for me to join in.
What’s your thought process behind a poem?
Sometimes a phrase or thought will come to mind and it wants to become its own poem. It can be a misheard lyric in a song or an observation on life. From that moment, the words join in the pattern weaving through the words. I’ve tried to write in free verse but I guess too many poems during the Renaissance era inspired me.
What’s your advice to an aspiring author of any genre?
Just pick one genre for a while. Write because you enjoy the story and let that love for sculpting it drive your works. It gets really hard but once you start creating what you love, it gets addictive. Having a group to support or critique your work makes an immense difference!
What was your first full length fiction work? Can you tell us a bit about the book?
The first novel I wrote was The Pycroft Particle. It came out of a strange thought process I had about teleportation and the theology behind the soul. The story is about the first group of scientists who discover a particle that allows objects to teleport. As they begin testing on humans, unexplained occurrences happen. Patricia Pycroft tries to keep the project going while also balancing her home life with her husband that is suffering from the increased hours at work.
How much research went into sculpting the manuscript?
I spent at least a year going into theories on teleporting and tiny details about everything in the story. Even the character names are significant to the narrative. I suppose it was the poet in me bleeding through the outlining phase.
What is the strangest thing you’ve had to research in writing a book?
I try to add as much of the senses into a story to help the reader enter the scene. In my latest novel, Hollows of the Nox, there are some scenes that required me to research some interesting smells.
On the whole, has your experiences as an author been a positive or negative experience?
The positives have outweighed the negatives. There have been some very difficult times and it can be easy to look at the negatives (never look at your Amazon book sale rank). The best thing about it is the community of other writers. I’ve found that everyone has had similar struggles, and the competition I thought would happen doesn’t exist.
How important would you say it is to market yourself as an author? Any tips?
I’ve heard from even the big name authors that marketing is all up to the author. It is where most of the negatives come for me but it must be done. The best tip I would say is to do something fun or unique while marketing. Attending conferences or doing a talk about writing is a great way to network.
What are your plans for the future? When is your next book scheduled to be released?
I’m currently working on book two of the Shadows of Eleanor and am hoping to release it by late fall. There are a few other short stories I’m working on to continue the Pycroft Continuum and hopefully have a physical book of collected short stories.
Finally, what would you say is one unique or unknown fact that your readers may not know about you?
My wife and I first met each other while I was performing at a Renaissance festival near her hometown. She came as a patron dressed like a fairy. We got married 6 months later (she wore her wings and I wore my Renaissance vest).
To find out more about Matthew E. Nordin’s published works, please check out these link:
- Author Amazon Site: https://www.amazon.com/Matthew-Nordin/e/B071HZYY59
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18643203.Matthew_E_Nordin
- Author Website: http://www.scenerychanges.com/