It seems like it's been a long time since we had a Blog Ring of Power interview. Today Matthew Cox returns to share his words of wisdom with us. You can find the other parts of his interview at the links below:
The Writing Life
The Creative Process
About Your Current Work
Are you working with the same publisher on your second/additional books? Has the dynamic changed at all since your first book was published?
Yep. I am currently sending things to Curiosity Quills. The dynamic is more or less the same; they’re a great crew!
Do you have any advice for other writers just starting out?
Characters are the heart of your story, keep them believable in their reactions and the rest should fall into place. Seek feedback. Don’t take criticism personally (if it is offered constructively).
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope I’ve been able to take you out of the real world for a little while and let you share in the strange things that go on in my head. Nothing pleases me more than providing an escape for others, even if it’s brief.
What are your current / future project(s)?
Books 2 and 3 of Division Zero (Lex De Mortuis, and Thrall) are written and with the publisher now. The first 4 books in the Awakened series are also with CQ. I’m currently working on notes for book 5 of The Awakened series. I’ve got an MG fantasy (Emma & the Banderwigh) on submission with them as well as an anthology of short stories.
I’ve also got an ongoing fiction project on my blog.
Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has
been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his
reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent
developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series
take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a
collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.
Hobbies and Interests:
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two
custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates
[Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- after="" and="" deliberate="" fiction="" happens="" intellectual="" it.="" life="" nature="" of="" p="" questions="" reality="" science="" that="" the="" what="">
He is also fond of cats.
Author Contact Information
Goodreads author page:
When thirteen-year-old Natalie Rausch said she would die to meet DJ Crazy Todd, she did not mean to be literal.
Two years is a long time to be stuck between two people who want nothing more than to destroy each other. A tween crush on the larger-than-life jock from a local radio station is the only trace of a once-happy life ruined by warring parents.
Whenever WROK 107 ran a contest, she would dive for the phone, getting busy signals and dead air every time. She never expected to get through, but at least with her best friend at her side, it used to be fun.
Before her parents ruined that too.
Her last desperate attempt to get their attention, falling in with a dangerous group of older teens, goes as wrong as possible. With no one left to blame for her mess of a life but herself, karma comes full circle and gives her just a few hours to make up for two years’ worth of mistakes–or be forever lost.