Hello! Today, I’m happy to be hosting Matt Grawitch! Be sure to show him some love!
1. What’s the title of your latest release? Link?
The Box of Death, the 2nd Book in the Three Wizards Chronicles.
2. Why do you like writing in this genre?
Well, I’ve always been attracted to stories about magic, and when I was growing up, I was most enthralled with books in the Fantasy genre, like the Wheel of Time Series. Truthfully, though, this series grew out of a bunch of bedtime stories I used to tell my girls. After a while, it became a bit too complicated, and so I started writing the series. After about a year and a half, I wrote the entire series, which currently consists of seven books. Some of them need a bit of work to be ready for press, so we’ll see where we end up after the editing and reviewing process.
3. What do you like to read?
Growing up, I read a lot of fantasy novels – the Wheel of Time Series, Dungeons and Dragons, those sorts of books. I was always most interested in stories that stretched beyond one book. I was more likely to buy a series than a standalone title. I still enjoy Fantasy books. My oldest daughter and I read through the Ranger’s Apprentice series. And though this sounds like it might be coming out of left field, I have a deep appreciation for Ted Bell’s Alex Hawke character.
4. Favorite movie?
I don’t really have a favorite movie. The TV show 24 was hugely intriguing to me, probably because of the way the story progresses from one episode to another – though I had to wait for a season to end and watch it all at one time. I could not stand waiting from one week to the next.
5. What are your writing habits? Music or silence? Daily regimen or spurts of creativity?
I tend to write when it’s quiet. In Spring and Fall, I enjoy writing on my porch. When it comes to writing, I go through spurts. Right now, I’m spending most of my time reviewing and editing the Three Wizards series. I have another series I’m working on, called the Graymalkin Saga, but I’m only halfway through the second book.
6. What was the most surreal moment you’ve had as a author?
Honestly, it was probably seeing my book on Amazon the first time.
7. How can readers find you?
They can check out the Three Wizards website (http://three-wizards.com/). There, they can find links to the book, learn a bit more about the characters, download some free samples of the books. They can also find links to the Three Wizards blog and a way to connect with me personally.
8. What do you know now about being published that you wish you’d known before submitting?
I would say the issues involved in marketing your book. I’ve met so many people who have insights they are willing to share – from little tidbits of useful knowledge to vast experiences within the publishing and marketing industry. I try to learn a little bit from as many of them as I can. I wish I had been able to connect with some of these folks before I became published.
9. Favorite snack/drink while writing?
Anyone who knows me knows that I am seldom seen without some sort of Diet Soda – usually Diet Pepsi, Coke, or Dr. Pepper. I don’t usually snack when I write because it usually keeps me from getting into a rhythm. The crunching of chips breaks the silence…
10. Look at your writing area…what’s the item you keep to inspire you (piece of artwork, figurine)?
I would have to say that it’s my girls. My daughters inspired me to begin writing in the first place, and my significant other inspires me to get out there and make an impact.
Thanks for stopping by, Matt! Best of luck with the books!