L.A. Matthies worked in a career in hairdressing and cosmetology. She and her husband have three children and live in New York. Matthies divides her time between her new book and supporting her three children in achieving their academic, athletic and personal goals. Surviving Curtis Hall is her debut book.
What inspires you to write?
What started me writing and continues to inspire all my writing efforts is the relationship that I am nurturing with each of my three children. When I began to write it was to encourage a communication with my teenager, who had left me in the dust favoring all her other natural “teen” pursuits.
Thank God she loves to read, so I had made some progress with her in our own private book club. Ultimately, I took the risk that if I could muster up the bravery to take a chance on my own YA novel we’d have an endless resource for discussion.
I’m happy to say my gamble did produce the desired result; all three kids think it’s cool for mom to be an author.
Tell us about your writing process.
I do love to fly by the seat of my pants in my writing, especially when a character gets into my head or vice versa. Occasionally, I will sketch out an outline because before I put one word on the computer I enjoy roughing out my chapters in a spiral notebook. I feel that writing it out with pen and paper really helps with the creative process and also minimizes writers block. If I feel unsure or stuck that’s when I go to the computer and transfer,elaborate and solidify my ideas.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely listen and talk to my characters. It’s awesome to role play with some of my characters and scenes until they “feel” just right. The way I look at it; your book is your world, what’s wrong with feeling the wonderful powerful feeling of total creation?
What advice would you give other writers?
Whatever you do, never let anyone put a damper on your dreams. Your writing is a terrific outlet, a creative process and above all has value! Not just anyone can do what you do, remember how special you are.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to publish with iUniverse, which is basically considered assisted publishing. I found it to be too time consuming and difficult as a first time author to get the attention of a publishing house that would do the work for me, yet I did not know enough to do it all myself. Assisted by iUniverse, I was able to have the final say, do a large majority of the work and learn a great deal. In addition, this allowed me to see my book in print as well as ebook form; all with a professional result in a shorter period of time.
I would suggest to all aspiring authors, research all your options and choose the best fit for your needs. persistence pays!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there is an obvious trend toward self-publishing. I think that is a good thing for several reasons for both the reader and writer. Firstly, both experiences are very personal and subjective, therefore more options can lead to a more fulfilling experience for both reader and writer. Secondly, one’s ability to convey a message, feelings or a story should not be determined by who they know, but instead by their creativity and connection to the reader. Lastly, it is my own belief that effort has enormous value and should be treated with respect. If someone can go through all the effort to write a book and all the work it takes to get it published then they deserve an opportunity to see their work in print.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print