About Matt Mayr:
I grew up in a small mining town in Northern Ontario. I have a degree in English Literature from York University, and have studied at the Humber School for Writers. I live in Toronto with my wife and daughter where I am working on my next novel.
What inspires you to write?
Writing is something I have a true burning desire to do for the rest of my life. I write because it is the only choice I have.
Tell us about your writing process.
I plan a few scenes ahead, so that I know what I have to work on next, but the bulk of the plot comes about as I’m writing. I can’t sit down and plan the whole book before I start, because I just don’t have it in me. I find this process the most genuine and honest, and also the most fun.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Definitely listen. They tell me what they’re going to do next, not the other way around.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read, don’t watch television. Maybe have one show that you watch but keep it to an hour a night, or a movie a night or something like that. Read more than you write, and read writers that you admire and think are way, way better than you.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I sent my manuscript to about thirty publishers and had one bite, after more than a year. Rejections are quite often based on editor’s and publisher’s likes and interests, and not always based quality of work. First, get your manuscript as good as you can possibly get it. This means many revisions, more than you think is necessary. And then send it to every publisher you can find, and maybe you might get lucky.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Good writing trumps all else. People want to read good stories, this will never change. There will always be best-sellers and there will always be writers on the fringe. I believe good writing will always find it’s place.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Literary fiction, sci-fi
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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