I’d like to offer a warm welcome to Matt Converse
Please introduce yourself and your writing.
I’m Matt Converse of San Francisco and write horror, thriller, mystery, erotica and m/m romance. I was first published by Comet Press in 2015 with my m/m erotic thriller Behind the Velvet Curtain. This year, Encompass Ink published the prequel, Strip Shot. My next release is an erotic horror thriller, Leather Head, due October 14th, just in time for Halloween.
How long have you been writing for, and what inspired you to start writing?
I wrote my first short story at age eight about a boy who dreams of walking to a graveyard and finding an open grave that has his headstone on it. My teacher asked if I copied it from TV or a movie. I was flattered and have been writing ever since.
Tell us about your new release. What inspired you to write it?
Strip Shot is the prequel to my first release, Behind the Velvet Curtain. Readers asked for a sequel but I thought a prequel was called for first to show the main character’s coming of age journey to becoming a stripper. Both books are based on some of my own real life experiences as a stripper.
What are you working on at present? Would you like to share a snippet?
I’m current working on the sequel to Behind the Velvet Curtain. I’m afraid a snippet might be a spoiler but for those who wanted to know more about “The Creeper”, fasten your seat-belts!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Do what you love and remember every no is one step closer to a yes. I was turned down many times before being published, just like the stories you hear about famous authors like Stephen King. It’s true.
Are there any genres you prefer to write and if so, why?
I am a horror writer at heart I think because my Mom turned me on to scary movies on Friday nights as a kid. I fell into the m/m romance erotica category simply by subject matter. My story of an Ohio boy turned San Francisco stripper who is stalked by an obsessed fan is more thriller than anything, but the characters just happen to be gay.
What book are you reading at the moment?
I haven’t started it yet, but Psycho by Robert Bloch. I want to see how it differs from the movie directed by my idol. Alfred Hitchcock.
What other novels do you adore/ writers you follow?
I have been a fan of Stephen King since I was young, he’s one of my idols.
Are any of your characters based on you or people you know?
Yes, my main character in both published books are based on myself. It’s fiction but many things are based on my own life experiences as a stripper. I wanted to portray a real, gritty look at the life of a stripper.
Do you have a favourite character and/or book you’ve written? Who, what and why?
I love “The Creeper” in Behind the Velvet Curtain. I guess it’s my love of horror.
Do you write often? Do you have a schedule?
I don’t have a schedule, but I’m a night owl so it’s usually very late at night. I don’t write every day but on the days I do write I’m almost the happiest.
What are your writing and personal goals for 2017 and beyond?
I have two novellas published, so my goal is having a full length novel published.
If you could choose any superpower or magical ability, what would it be and why? What would you do with it?
I love my dreams of flying so I’d go with that to see if it is as magical as it is in my dreams.
Thank you for telling us more about yourself.
More about the author
Matt Converse of San Francisco is the author of the erotic gay thriller novella Behind the Velvet Curtain and Strip Shot, the prequel to Behind the Velvet Curtain. He aspires to bring diversity to the publishing world.
He’s an avid fan of tennis, horse racing, and the Alabama Crimson Tide. His inspirations range from Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King to Lady Gaga.
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