IndieView with Matthew O. William, author of The Star Collector
When did you start writing the book? The connective tissue has to evolve from there. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? You see, Joe is determined to sell this artifact. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? And they want it back. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? What are you working on now? Trimming it down. Things could get weird if I’m listening to The Lord of the Rings soundtrack while trying to write a scene where the characters are sitting down for a nice breakfast. How long did it take you to write it? The Chinese Galactic Empire is working alongside the Martian mob in order to smuggle an ancient artifact across international borders. About two years ago. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) About the book
What is the book about? I’m a nice guy. Read a lot! What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? You’ve got to learn how others do it first, then you can develop your own voice. The sequel to The Star Collector. Definitely gradual. Then when I run out of steam, I have to go back to figure out the reason why. 50/50. It might be multiple different people per character, but ultimately it’s all based in reality. Yes, but with zero luck. A bit of both, I have a designer friend I work with. Do you have a target reader? Sometimes you don’t find the story until you’re in the editing process. I think that’s invaluable. End of Interview:
For more from Matthew, like his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter. Definitely a plan this time – building an email list and some amazon ads to start. On and off, about two years. My outlines mostly consist of story beats I want to hit. About You
Where did you grow up? I feel like the characters are all very believable and it was easy to write for them.
I think I wanted to have the ideal writer life where you can just focus on the writing and nothing else, but that doesn’t seem to exist all that much nowadays. If so can you please describe it? A sheriff in space comes upon a mysterious alien artifact which he intends on selling… until he finds out it might be an ancient super-weapon. In an even smaller village in Sweden. Get your copy of The Star Collector from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Some parts of my books wind up reading like travel books due to this. It started out as an omniscient narrator POV, but it made it too hard to identify with the main character. In the end, I really appreciate having full and final say for what’s going into the book. Do you listen to music while you write? We all know how important it is for writers to read. Did you hire a professional editor? Do you outline? I always wanted to do a sort of Indiana Jones in space story and the idea just sort of evolved from there. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Matthew O. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? It would have gone a lot faster had I hired an editor. I think subconsciously we all end up borrowing everything from the real world. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Plus, I’m releasing another podcast audio book. Half the time I do. All Joe has to do is stave off the most powerful space fleet in galaxy, long enough to prove that this whole ‘ancient-super-weapon’ thing is being blown way out of proportion. What would you like readers to know about you? Bill Bryson, oddly enough, even though I write sci-fi. One deadly shoot-out later and Joe finds himself the sole custodian of the curious relic. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? This time I didn’t because I spent so much (probably too much) time on the editing process myself. I go as far as possible without going back to edit. What came easily? The dialogue. I just try to write what I think is entertaining, what type of book I would like to read. Even if it kills him. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? In a small village in Pennsylvania
Where do you live now? Crappy first draft, then prune and polish for what seems like forever. Movie soundtracks, but they have to match the tone of what I’m writing. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? I think that’s invaluable. Other projects kept getting in the way. Where did you get the idea from? William – 30 March 2019
The Back Flap
When a distress call leads space-sheriff Joe Corbit to the ruins of a lost, alien civilization he finds illegal excavation underway. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? I think I wanted to have the ideal writer life where you can just focus on the writing and nothing else, but that doesn’t seem to exist all that much nowadays. His plan is to auction off the artifact to the highest bidder, that is, until he finds out why the Chinese were after it in the first place…
They believe it to be an ancient super-weapon. In the end, I really appreciate having full and final say for what’s going into the book.