Our Authors Interview

Jeffrey Matucha, author

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we?!

I’m a refugee of the Punk/Metal/New Wave/Oh-God-what-did-I-do-last-night club scenes of the 80’s and 90’s San Francisco Bay Area. Programmer, long distance runner, recovering addict and alcoholic, and I have enough wild life experience to write some really * interesting * stories!

 What prompted you to pursue a career as a writer?

My above mentioned crazy life. I just can’t keep all of this stuff to myself! And my love of reading, which was instilled in me by my mother. My day job is as a software engineer, but I would love to make a living as a writer someday.

Do you have any special writing habits?

I make myself write every day, whether I want to or not. Whether it’s for my blog or my current work in progress or whatever! Even if it’s just for an hour or two. Sometimes you do have to force it. I’ve even done some of my best writing when I was tired and blah and just wanted to play my XBox rather than work on a story. Elbow grease!

 When you write a new book, do you already have the whole story in mind or do you elaborate it along the way?

I usually have a whole story in mind. The closest I’ve come to a disjointed book was my first novel, which was just to showcase the lives of the big city underground: The weird bohemian lives and the struggles of the working poor. It’s basically a lot of short stories strung together, but it still works. My other three novels have very definite aims and storylines.

 In your opinion what is the best book you have written? What’s your favourite book ever?

That would have to be Crash Shadow, my book about drug addiction. It’s the longest work I’ve ever written, but I’m also proud to show off addiction in a plausible light, and avoid the typical addiction tropes that infest mass media.

As for my favorite book ever, that’s a tough one. A Confederacy of Dunces comes to mind, but so does Native Son, and those are two completely different books. I can list many more, such as Junky by William S Burroughs, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by thee Hunter S, two of the best drug books you will ever read!

 How do you feel after writing a book?

I feel proud and accomplished. So many people have pie-in-the-sky wishes that they never follow up on. “I want to…” write a play, run a marathon, get a degree… All of those things, and they never follow through. I’ve done all of those things. Life is short. Do something fulfilling!

 Tell us about your latest book and please put the link so our readers can find it.

I recently cleaned up and published my first ever novel Gutter Folklore, a tale of inner city denizens who chase their band and art dreams as they try to get by underneath low paying jobs and bone crushing rents. I tried as much as possible to retain its original style and form as I cleaned it up and edited it. Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CMJ2Y4F/  

 Do you have a new release? When? We want details.

I am currently working on a sequel to Crash Shadow entitled What the Hell Ever Happened to Yuri Rozhenko? It’s a road trip novel up and down the West Coast of the USA. It features my character Skye Wright, someone I’ve been writing about for years. I am finishing up the first draft, I’ve already gotten an artist to design some cover art. It should be done by the end of the year, if not sooner! An excerpt: http://needlepictures.com/tbd/2020/06/12/dry-heave-records/  And a piece about my character Skye, punk extraordinaire! http://needlepictures.com/tbd/2020/09/01/the-evolution-of-skye-wright/  

 Do you have a pre-order link? Share it with us

Not yet. I have never done pre-publishing promotions before, but I will with this one!

 Where can we find you on socials? Do you have your own group and want to share it with us?

My Twitter: https://twitter.com/Crash_Shadow_  My Facebook authors page: https://www.facebook.com/Jeffrey-Vernon-Matucha-Author-2141461722830978/  And my blog: https://needlepictures.com/tbd/

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