Interview With Author Matthew Taylor
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a Mathematics Teacher in Sài Gòn. I have recently discovered I like to write. I like to travel and write adventure novels based on the places I have visited.
There are currently two books on the Market –
Hot Air rising, and
Jessalyn’s Adventures – Home In the Bush
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Hot Air Rising.
I like adventure movies and I found myself running possible adventure scenes through my head, based on where I was travelling at the time. Ideas about the main character(s) started to form and I started to type up my ideas.
From there the book came together quite effortlessly.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Only the same as any other writer, once I start writing I lose track of time.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
There have been many different books across many different genres. However, I like adventure movies and Hot Air Rising is based on an adventure movie I pictured in my head.
I was looking at some pictures of my daughter and I thought I could put these into a fun children’s book- Jessalyn’s adventures was created.
What are you working on now?
Marketing Hot Air Rising and marketing Jessalyn’s Adventures.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
No idea, I am just starting out, although Jessalyn’s Adventures has been on Amazon for a while and there have been no sales.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am the new author.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I don’t remember how it went, but it was something along these lines-
If you don’t like the book (or movie, not sure which one), write your own.
What are you reading now?
Unfortunately, I have not made time to pick up and read a book for a very long time.
There is lots of BBC news to read, students’ homework, emails and responding to them, reading how to market my book, and reading how to write author profiles for different media.
What’s next for you as a writer?
A children’s book- Immy & Bens’ Big Bike Ride.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Gardening on a Desert Island, if on exists. Mmm, that could be a fun book to write.
Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, or a Spike Milligan Book- something with lots of humour and chuckles.
Yoga and meditation book.