Getting personal with Matt Hickman

I have had the privilege of getting to know some of the best authors around and Matt is definitely in this group. His recent first novel Jeremy is superb! If you haven’t read it then go buy it immediately!! Getting to know Matt has been loads of fun from his funny pictures and witty sense of humor to him being willing to help others. It is guys like him that make me proud to know so many of you! Matt’s newest story drops today with Dark Chapter Press and it’s called Brazen.

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I was 37. It was only last year. I’ve never really written anything before. After years and years of being a deviant reader, I thought that I would give it a go. I haven’t had chance to look back since.

2. How many books have you written?
So far, I’ve written Hexad – A collection of short stories that was a collaboration with Andy Lennon. My first solo novella – Jeremy was released in December last year. Another novel that was a collaboration with Andy – Bound was released in March and I’ve just finished writing my first solo, full length novel – Amnesia which is due for release as soon as possible. On top of that, I’ve also written numerous short stories that have been featured in collections and anthologies.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
I wouldn’t advocate writing about pedophilia. It’s just a subject that I wouldn’t be able to tackle. Another author friend of mine is currently writing a book that tackles some heavy hitting subject material about child abuse, although it may be difficult to read, I know that it’s all in the makeup of the story and that it will be handled in the correct manner.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m 38 years old. I live in the West Midlands in the UK with my other half; Helen, who thinks I’m demented and I have a daughter; Millie (8) who is so forward that it actually terrifies me, and a son; Jake (5) who is absolutely obsessed with Star Wars. When I say obsessed, I mean waking me up one morning at 3:30am to ask me a Star Wars related question. I work in sales and spend the majority of my week travelling around the country visiting my hundreds of clients. It has its benefits, but it also has its downfalls. England has some stunning scenery; it also has some savage traffic jams.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Hhhm, a difficult one to answer. Each time that I sit down and begin, the process is completely different depending on what’s involved. For a book, I’m going to say Amnesia because the final scenes where everything goes berserk flowed into each other seamlessly and were terrific fun to write. I always enjoy writing short stories where I can inject a little humour. In my submission for Matt Shaw’s Eatser Eggs and Bunny Boilers anthology, we meet a character named Horace, a young man with over-brimming hormones who enjoys eating chocolate eggs for breakfast and is desperately in lust with his schoolteacher – The lovely Miss Fingerhut. I was laughing all the way through writing that one.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
Everything around me. Before I actually started writing, I was actively involved in the Indie writing community, supporting great writers, reading their work and reviewing their books. When the time for the transition into writing came for me, I was truly blown away and humbled by the support and encouragement that was offered by everyone. I still am. Special thanks for really getting me off the ground so to speak goes to Stuart Keane, Matt Shaw, Andy Lennon, Jack Rollins and Shaun Hupp.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
I travel and have to stay away from home a fair bit, which is another downside to my job. So when the weekend arrives, I dedicate a 100% of my time to my two kids. They understand the situation and they know the score, so you’ll very often spot weekend statuses on social media of us doing silly things or generally messing about. It doesn’t have to be anything too extravagant, a trip to the park, cinema, bowling, anything. If they’re smiling, I’m a happy man. I love reading, its something that I never wanted to do, but I have fallen way behind on my previous reading schedule.

8. And traditions you do when you finish a book?
Read it back through and immediately hate every part of it. I’m not sure if this is something that may abate with time and experience, but right now..

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
At the moment I write with my laptop propped up on the arm of the sofa when the rest of the household has gone to bed. We are in the process of moving into a new house that I have spent the last eighteen agonising months renovating. I have set aside one room that will be my office; a proper workspace. I have to have it quiet; I can’t listen to music whilst writing because I find myself typing the lyrics to the song instead of what I should be typing, and no joke. I think its mainly because I have the attention spa.. oooo look, a dog.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
You know what? No I don’t think so. So far, it has been a very intense experience for me. Over the past twelve months, I can see that my writing has progressively got stronger, and I’m happier to take on bigger and more challenging projects. I look back now and can see how much better that I’ve become through practice. In one or two cases, I cringe, but I don’t think that I would change anything.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I think that’s one of the dreams for anybody who has a creative streak. The acceptance and admiration of your work is the first and foremost level of success. Anything else is a bonus. I have often joked with Kyle M Scott that when one day we will own a golden house. It won’t happen, I’ll still be walking around in jogging bottom’s with mis-matched socks. Any other dream would probably be seeing one of my kids becoming hugely successful and becoming my pension fund.

12. Where do you live?
I live in a small town called Tipton. I was brought up on a council estate in Dudley called Kates Hill. I hear some people telling nostalgic stories from their upbringing on the estate that there was a great sense of community and bonding, not for me, half of the people would have stolen the fillings out of your teeth. I swore at an early age that I would work hard enough to get out of a place like that and never return.

13. Pets?
No, I had a dog, a Staffie called Blade who died a few years ago. He was like my first child, I’ve never been able to find it in me to get another dog, despite my kids constantly asking. I got them some goldfish to tide them over, but my father in law killed them last year whilst we were on holiday. I told him a light sprinkling of fish food every couple of days. I think he must have given them handfuls, three times a day. I did actually wonder at which point he would notice that he was still feeding dead fish.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
My favourite thing is still when someone gets back to me and tells me how much they have enjoyed reading something that I’ve written. The fact that they’ve got what you were trying to say. Those moments are truly special, and I feel that it’s something that as a writer that I will never tire of. Just one of those messages on social media or a review can make those tireless hours, staying up until 2am, and edit after edit totally worth it.
A heartfelt thank you to everyone that has supported me so far. Whether you are a reader, reviewer, blogger, or another writer. There’s too many individual names to mention; you all know who you are, we always speak, I always to try to reciprocate and show mutual support and respect where possible, and I’m forever in your gratitude for your support and friendship.

Matt as always I wish you truck loads of success! It is a joy to know you and be able to read your books!

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