Today I welcome back speculative fiction author Matthew Cox. Matt has been featured on the Blog Ring of Power before, but he has a new book out, so welcome him again!
Also, the Blog Ring of Power is happy to be part of the official blog tour for Matt’s new book, CALLER 107!
You can find the other four parts of the Blog Ring of Power interview with Matt on the following blogs, so please check them out to get the whole story!
I’ve written 12 novels, co-wrote 1, and have an anthology of short stories. Of those, 2 are released (Caller 107 being #3 on 7/22.) Two more (Division Zero 2 and Prophet of the Badlands) are slated for release later this year. The book I co-wrote with Tony Healey may be released in October.
What genre do you write?
Most so far has been science fiction, cyberpunk with paranormal (psionic/ghosts/demons) elements. I’ve branched out a bit in short stories with some horror, post apoc, and fantasy. Caller 107 is… as best as I can say, contemporary paranormal.
What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
My favorite genre is somewhere between cyberpunk and post apocalyptic. Regarding theme, I tend to think of stories from the characters’ on outward. It changes a bit from story to story, though I do try to capture a sense of character evolution in the face of an often-cynical world.
Do you consider yourself a professional writer? What does that term mean to you?
Well, on one level, I have received royalties for a published book… So, in a literal sense I suppose I am. Were the day to come when I could live off writing alone, that would feel more concrete. Each time I am humbled by a reader telling me they enjoyed one of my stories, I’m reminded why I write. Being able to live off it would be a nice side perk, but it’s not what’s motivated me to write in the first place.
Outside of writing, what is the best part of being an author? The worst part?
The best part, by far, is hearing from a reader that I ‘reached’ on some level. Hearing that they connected with one of the characters and empathized with them, or got into the story… That’s why I do this. The worst part of being an author is trying to climb over that initial hill from a place where nobody knows who you are to a place where readers can find what I’ve written.
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.
Author Contact Information:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MatthewSCoxAuthor
Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7712730.Matthew_S_Cox