Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
Are you kidding? Space! And not some Virgin Galactic drive-by either…I want the full Dennis Tito package. Get me on a Soyuz straight to the International Space Station for a week’s stay. Or better yet, sign me up for DSE-Alpha. They’re going to the moon––and the tickets are only $150 million apiece. Consolation prize would be a ride in James Cameron’s sub down to the ocean floor or a month in an Antarctic research outpost.
What would we find under your bed?
If what is under my bed is doing its job…it will find you long before you find it.
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
There are so many quotes that could lay claim to my “favorite” but right now I’m going to go with one from Donald Fagen. “I love perfect art, and I had to learn that you shouldn’t look for perfection in life.” Donald Fagen (with and without Steely Dan partner-in-crime Walter Becker) is a gigantic tangential influence for me. It’s a rare day that slips by where a composition of his does not get played (preferably on vinyl).
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
I’m a plotter of near pathological proportions. I work with ideas and scenes jotted down on index cards pinned to two massive corkboards separated by an equally massive dry erase board. Only when I can see the whole shape of a project do I move on to a “structure draft”––which is kind of like a skeleton with just a bit of meat clinging to the bones. That’s when the “writing” writing starts. I feel that this process gives me a freedom to let the characters wander where they need to without worrying too much about them wandering right into a different book. Of course, if they are strong-willed enough and that happens, then I just go with it and start the plotting all over again.
What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m working my way though the EC Comics archive. They are a lot of fun and you can definitely see the impact those works had on the generation of writers and filmmakers (and comic book artists, natch) that they inspired.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
It’s all hard. And once the work actually starts it only gets harder. Heck, the hardest thing might be figuring out when you are finished. Screenwriter Shane Black said that “writing is harder every time…you’d think that once you’ve written five, ten screenplays that the eleventh would be easier. No––it’s the most difficult one yet.” I’m inclined to agree.
Tell us about your favorite restaurant.
Whenever would I finish a project, I used to treat myself to a big slab of Prime Rib at the Cedar Tavern on University––which I was first brought introduced to by playwright, friend and mentor David Cole. For those of you unfamiliar with the place, it was famous as a hang out for the beats and the abstract expressionists. The prime rib wasn’t the best steak in the world, but it was affordable on my meager budget and I would pretend that some of that Kerouac and Pollock mojo could rub off on me. Of course, these days the only way to visit the Cedar in memories. It closed in 2006. Seven years…where did the time go?
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
The best advice on writing I’ve ever gotten was actually advice about riding a motorcycle (and could probably be applied to anything). It was this: You go where you look. So look through the turns and you will go through the turns. If you look down…you will go down.
by Matthew Quinn Martin
on Tour October 14 - December 14, 2013
Published by: PocketStar / Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: Oct 21, 2013
Number of Pages: 332
NOTE: Excessive strong language, Graphic violence
Synopsis:For centuries an ancient evil has slept beneath the streets of New Harbor. This Halloween, it wakes up.
An action-packed debut horror novel from talented new writer Matthew Quinn Martin, NIGHTLIFE pits a feisty bartender and a mysterious loner against bloodthirsty terrors as alluring as they are deadly.
Nightclub bartender and serial heartbreaker Beth Becker might be a cynic. But when her best friend goes missing Halloween night, Beth knows it’s up to her to find out what happened.
Her quest will take her on an odyssey through the crumbling city of New Harbor, Connecticut. Along the way she meets a homeless prophet warning of something he calls the “Night Angel”…a bloodthirsty creature that has been feeding on the forgotten. And she will form an unlikely bond with a hunted stranger who knows all too well what is stalking the streets at night.
He reveals to her to the hideous truth about the nightmare creatures that have haunted mankind’s imagination for eons––creatures the world calls vampires. Together they are the only hope for New Harbor, but to defeat what lurks in the shadows they are going to have to conquer something far stronger than fear––their own desires.
Matthew Quinn Martin was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. However, it wasn’t until he moved to Manhattan that he realized he was a writer. These days, he lives on a small island off the North Atlantic coast of the United States where it gets quiet in the winter…perhaps too quiet.