I just completed my interview with Marcus Mattern, talented author of upcoming book Andy of the Damned which is set to be released at the end of April. This amazing book puts a new spin on the paranormal genre. Thank you for taking the time to do the interview with me Marcus and for giving me the privilege of reading your book. Click HERE to read the book review that I did on the book Andy of the Damned!
How did you come up with the idea for Andy of the Damned?
Our family has gypsy heritage from my great grandmother’s family on my mom’s side. They were gypsies in Liverpool England in the 1800’s by the last name of Fowler. When we researched gypsies, we found three main tribes and the Kalerastia Natsia was the most interesting. They were the keepers of gypsy history and folklore for all tribes, as well as the protectors of all tribes, using magic, amulets and potions to ward off evil. My coauthor had the title come to her and then we got to work!
Was Andy of the Damned a coauthored book?
Very much so. My mother and I have opposite and complimentary writing styles: she’s an exploratory writer, I’m an explanatory writer; she’s great with snappy dialogue, I’m better at descriptions; so we really found a way to combine our strengths and create a fit writing duo.
Who did the cover for the book?
Sharon Lee Studios with Richard Grush had originally taken shots that were used in the Full Moon Series WORLD OF AZGLEN. We found an amazing shot of Tyler DeLong that looked exactly like Andy and they worked their magic on it!
Is Andy of the Damned a standalone book or will it be part of a series?
Andy of the Damned is a stand alone novel, although we did leave a
door open at the end of the first one for further explorations of the
world and its characters.
What character do you connect with most in Andy of the Damned?
Andy creates a way for readers to enter this bizarre and sometimes terrifying universe with a sense of fun, adventure, and even a bit of bravado. The world itself is made better through Andy’s eyes, and that’s why my connection to him is so rewarding.
Who is your biggest supporter and why?
Definitely my coauthor and mother Patricia Mattern. She has a wicked and endless imagination and we our writing styles are highly complementary.
If you had to define Andy of the Damned in three words what would they be?
“Hellishly Fun Ride.”
What do you typically do to help with writers block especially when you are on a deadline?
I interview the characters, either in my head on a scratch page, and ask them about how they feel about the current state of the story and what they want to do. If I can’t talk to a character like it’s a real person, then I usually need to go back further and establish their foundations, motivations, and aspirations.
What do you find the most difficult about being an author?
The writing is the best and easiest part. The rest of what being an
author entails, production and promotion, can take a lot of time away from actual writing. Regardless of whether you go Indie or sign a publishing contract, you will be rewriting, editing, helping design book covers, working with Beta Readers, and endlessly spreading the word through releases, special events, contests, etc. to increase readership. After all, it’s readers that make a book come alive.
What advice would you give to new authors just starting out?
Trust yourself as an audience member. If you think what you write is funny, or exciting, or thought provoking, it probably is. The process of rewriting is there to make sure your ideas are communicated as clearly and accurately to widest audience possible, but the first draft should be all about you – have fun with it!