About Matt Lucas:
MATT LUCAS writes varying forms of speculative fiction, including urban fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi, and horror. He weaves these genres in an action-packed, thought-provoking manner. Teeming with fresh ideas, Matt’s broad skill set includes apocalyptic literature, sword & sorcery epics, paranormal alternate history, and even romance. Cultivating complex characters, Matt guides you into questioning the hero's motives and empathizing with the villain's tortured past. Red herrings abound as you follow twisting plots adorned with subtle hints that culminate in shocking conclusions. Each of Matt’s works serve as an allegory for faith, ultimately pointing to the world’s true and only hero, Jesus Christ.
What inspires you to write?
The idea of leaving something behind once I leave this world. I like thinking that my children, grandchildren, and beyond will get a glimpse into my life's work and that it might impact them positively. I infuse my faith into my writing as well, so the notion that my books might help someone better understand God is a significant motivation.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Dan Brown, and George RR Martin
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm a hybrid between a plotter and pantser, so I don't get the often polarizing internet debates. I plot big events and often know the end of the story before I start writing it. This allows me to do a lot of foreshadowing and create red herrings to keep my readers guessing. However, the pantsing part comes in with how my characters get to those big events. I allow my characters to develop and as their personalities are revealed, I adjust their course toward those milestone events.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don't listen or talk to them, but really investigate their motivations.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up. Writing is an amazing craft because, as long as you have a sharp mind, you can do it your entire life. If you're pursuing a publishing route, perseverance is key. Take reader feedback and use negative feedback as lessons for growth, rather than letting them break your spirit.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have a ton of respect for self-published authors, but I chose the traditional route. A lot of writers are balancing work, life, family, and writing and I'm no different. The traditional route allows someone else to do a lot of the heavy lifting for me, so I can focus on telling great stories. While agents may seem like the gatekeepers, there are plenty of reputable traditional publishers that don't require an agent to submit. I chose this route after the agency I signed with closed due to the pandemic.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The market will become more niche and fragmented. There's just so much content available and so much genre-blending stories that the traditional buckets just won't do anymore. You'll begin to see new niches and a multiplication of sub-markets.
What genres do you write?: Speculative fiction, horror, urban fantasy, fantasy, sword & sorcery, paranormal
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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