Matt Snee — Scriggler Interview Series

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Scriggler Interview series is designed to shine the spotlight at some of the more popular Scriggler contributors and to help them promote their books.

Scriggler Interview series is designed to shine the spotlight at some of the more popular Scriggler contributors and to help them promote their books.

Matt Snee

5 Sentences about you:
I used to tour in a rock band, but I always knew I'd be a writer.

I can't shake cigarettes, or coming up with novel ideas I'll never have time for.

It took me until I was 31 to finish a novel, but now it's much easier. I've written about five since, and I'm 39 now.

I don't like to drive; the only heavy machinery I operate are the machinations of a novel plot.

I live in sunny Arizona, but I can't help fantasizing about the smell of a snowy day.


5 Sentences about the book:

The book is kooky, but heartfelt.

It's the ultimate realization of the wavelength that my co-writer, Gregg Chirlin, and I have shared since we became friends in high school.

It's only a small part of a big puzzle, kind of more like a TV pilot than a movie.

We have the story so far developed we're planning novels with the main characters' kids.

We kind of threw everything we knew about science into the wastebasket on this one — and assumed a view of the universe that may have been more probably back when Jules Verne and H.G. Wells wrote.

5 Sentences about one of the books’ characters:
The books stars two characters, so I will give 3 sentences for each to be fair:

Captain is caring, smart, creative, but injured by his past — and despite his fears he harbors a secret courage.

He loves his mother and hates his father, but before the story is through, a lot of his assumptions about his family will be challenged.

He obsesses about the heroic in novels, movies, and comics books, but never imagines he himself could be a hero.

Jennifer is calm, collected, as well as insanely nervous.

The legacy of her family weighs heavy on her heart, and she assumes responsibility for the world as a result of her heredity.

She is enormously spiritual and religious, but doubts; still she never hesitates to act when action is required.


Why do you think people should read it?
 I think people who read "The Cardboard Spaceship" will find themselves immersed in a world unlike any other they have known before. I feel like a lot of speculative fiction has gotten staid in an attempt to be more probable. Our story asks "What if?" more than it asks "What could?"

Who is your ideal reader?
I think our ideal reader has a history with speculative and science fiction, or at least a willingness to dare their minds to embrace the impossible. We have some wacky ideas in the book, and we ask the reader to take some leaps of faith, but I think we reward that faith with heartfelt storytelling.
 
Other authors you admire — especially contemporary. Anyone stands out in particular?
 My favorite contemporary writers would have to be Bruce Sterling and Samuel R. Delany. I'm in the process of catching up on what's been going on in fantasy and science fiction in the last twenty years after only reading "the classics" for a decade or so. I'm excited by the work of Jeff Vandermeer and China Mieville, and love the comics work of Grant Morrison and Alan Moore. Currently I am reading Annie Proulx's "Barkskins" though, to get a more literary taste.

How are you approaching the promotion of the book so far?
 Our publisher, Creativia, is doing their share, and we are doing our share. If indie writers want to be successful they have to hunker down and do marketing, as boring as it might seem. I maintain a pretty active presence on social media with my books, and we'll also be doing giveaways on Goodreads, etc. and sending our books to reviewers of indie books.

What resources are you using, what events are you attending?
 Like I said above, we use social media a lot, and I am a big fan of Twitter, not just for promotion but in engaging other writers out there. I think it's important to participate in groups on websites such as Facebook and Google to be part of a community. As they say, no man is an island.

Cover design and editing — who did you use and how was the experience?
 We used a combination of artists. First we had the artist Jack Baker do the initial illustration. And then my friend Rob Corradetti cleaned that up a little, and then finally Creativia did the titles and a final touch-up. It was a long process, and I'm very picky about covers, but finally I'm quite satisfied.

Do you have a newsletter, what do you normally include there?
 I do have an author's mailing list and newsletter, and I usually include what's going on with my books in publishing and on the web. I like serialize my stories on the internet before I publish them to kind of workshop them. I'm very prolific so I always have a couple stories doing various things.

Favourite author/publication on Scriggler:
 I have to say I like "Jake and the Dynamo", which is sort of a literary Powerpuff Girls. Never seen anything quite like it before.

Print or ebook? (both in general and how do you approach this for your book?):
 We will have both print and ebooks. I love print books, but in recent years I have been coming to grips with ebooks, and even read them sometimes on my tablet. I've come to appreciate both formats.


If anyone is interested in doing a review — how should they approach you?
 I can be found at matt(at)matthewsnee(dot)com.

Links:

Matt's Scriggler Proile: https://scriggler.com/Profile/matthew_snee

The Cardboard Spaceship (To Brave The Crumbling Sky Book 1):

On Amazon:

 

Matt's website and newsletter: http://www.matthewsnee.com

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