QHP: What steps did you take to prepare yourself for this venture into writing?
Matt: I became a sponge. I soaked up all the knowledge I could. I'd been writing since I was a kid but had never published anything. So, while I think I'd already found my writing style I knew I still had a lot to learn. I had no idea how to publish a book, how to format a book, or how to find a cover artist. It was a lot of reading and researching and reaching out to other established authors with questions of 'how did you go about this or that?' Of course, I'd also refined my knowledge of how to write a novel. There are so many free resources out there if you're looking for them. What I took away from all of this were the tools that worked for me, for what my goals were and for the kind of story I wanted to tell.
QHP: What was the most surprising thing you experienced as you made the shift?
Matt: So many things! But two of the biggest ones were how much time it takes to finish a book, and the people I met while writing it. I wrote most of my first book during quarantine, but for the sequel it got a little tougher, because I entered the 9 to 5 life and it slowed down the creative process a lot. But I learned that that's okay. When you're indie publishing, your timeline is your own. Of course, it's still important to keep yourself in check because if not you'll step away and never come back. But the drive and excitement to entertain and tell another story with characters that I adore, pushed me through. And I wouldn't be here today with QHP if I hadn't spent time randomly reaching out to authors on social media and joining writer groups. I'm an introvert, so It's much easier for me to network online than it is in person. So, I had no trouble sending people messages, the worst I could get was no response. But luckily for me, most people responded, and I gained a ton of knowledge and friendships that way.
QHP: What was something that you didn’t plan for but proved to be a blessing?
QHP: Your first book, “Land On Me" was a great success when it launched. What are your hopes for the sequel, Land on Him?
QHP: What feedback have you received that really delighted you as an author?
QHP: Many authors go years with little if any recognition. To what do you attribute your success for the first book?
QHP: You are in the process of wrapping up your second book. Can you share any details or behind the scenes with us?
QHP: Who has been the most influential person/people in your writing career? Tell us about them and how that relationship helped you grow.
QHP: What advice do you have for others who may want to pursue writing?
Matthew Corr was born and raised in beautiful New England. Coming out as a gay man in high school in his small town fueled his big-city dreams. Matthew moved to New York City, where he gained a degree in musical theater. After countless performances on stages across the country, his passion for writing finally stepped into the spotlight. Matthew is a huge nerd for film and everything Marvel related. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Land On Me is his debut novel. To learn more about Matthew, and the release of his next book, please visit www.matthewrcorr.com.