Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hello everyone –
My name is Matthew Alan and I just finished publishing my first novel entitled One Degree. One Degree is a work of fiction that I started writing about seven years ago. I’ve worked on three other books during that time period (including a published short story called “The Hero” and my second novel, Cristman, which will be coming out next week).
I am a college swimming coach/teacher living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
As a coach and educator, I have been fascinated in teaching and balancing learning with humor. These goals have sparked the passion in my writing for some time, and I hope to share that passion with other readers as much as possible.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Cristman is my newest release. It’s inspired by dealing with life changes and is set in Portland, OR. This “struggle” motif is in a great deal of my writing, and I hope to entertain while also get the reader to think.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I love Hemingway’s idea. Write drunk, edit sober.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
David Sedaris, Stephen King, Dan Brown….Life of Pi, The Help, The Kite Runner, The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Te of Piglet are some of my all time favorite reads.
What are you working on now?
A novel about losing love, What We Leave Behind, and the second novel in the Cristman triology.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
So far, Goodreads Giveaway, KDP promotions for free downloads and blogs, blogs, blogs!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am new still – but I would say, keep working at it, focus on the process, and make it fun!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
Junkie Love…by Joe Clifford
What’s next for you as a writer?
Ideally, finding an agent/publisher and taking my marketing to another level, but regardless – I’m going to try and put out great stories that will interest and challenge readers.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Me Talk Pretty One Day – makes me laugh every time!