W. H. Matlack, who has had several novels and short stories published, is the latest author to appear on my blog this summer. He writes in a variety of genres, including a recent venture into writing a series for young children (see the end of this post for more information). He has another book released at the beginning of this month.
What is the title of your latest book?
Latest book title: Grin of the Krocodil. A new synthetic opiate has been discovered that offers a high that is hundreds of times more intense than Heroin. It’s also many times more dangerous than any other drug as it eats away flesh right to the bone.
Now a chemistry PhD candidate has worked out a formula that makes the drug safe and just as effective. As the word of this modification gets out both the US government and a powerful drug cartel become highly interested in obtaining the formula beginning a deadly tug of war.
What are the most challenging aspects of being a writer? And the most rewarding?
Most challenging is plot-line development. Character development is the most rewarding. I can spend all day happily developing characters. It clearly releases endorphins when I’m working on characters. Then turning to what these characters should do, or what should befall them, the endorphins evaporate and the grind of plot development kicks in.
What is your top tip for an aspiring writer?
My top tip for all writers is to read like a writer. Go ahead and enjoy reading your favourite author, but the whole time be aware of how he or she phrases things, handles action sequences, builds characters and manages grammar.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m a third of the way into my sixth novel. It’s a bit too early to tell what it’s about, but it involves a pawn shop and a mystery gun.
What do you like to read?
Raymond Chandler, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Carl Barks, Dashiell Hammett
Where can readers find you?
On Facebook at: W.H. Matlack – Author
Barnes & Noble: http://goo.gl/ufLCJe