Matt Harris is the author of CROCODILES and is a writer based in Liverpool whose short work and poetry has appeared in Transmission, Hoax, Winamop and Confingo magazines. Matt has been influenced by a huge number of authors, in particular the wild ideas of Philip K. Dick, the vibrant imagery of Sylvia Plath, and the simple prose of Raymond Carver. Matt has recently completed a full-length novel named The Tourist, a love story inspired by my fascination with travel and foreign places. Outside of fiction, my other great passion is writing and recording music.
Author Q & A
When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, starting with pencil-illustrated monster stories when I was a child and onto navel-gazing epics when I was a teenager. Hopefully I’ve improved since then.
Do you have a favourite genre?
I couldn’t choose a favourite, but my first great inspirations were often science fiction writers, a genre where unfettered imagination and social realism are such natural partners. Though I don’t write strictly in that genre, it certainly influences my work.
What’s your favourite book or short story?
This week my favourite is Valis, by Philip K. Dick, last week it was The Master & Margerita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
Are you currently working on a full-length novel and looking for a publisher?
I have just completed a full-length literary fiction novel called The Tourist, and I hope to begin looking for a publisher soon. A love story at heart, the book tells a simple tale in a series of broken pieces, vignettes that explore the same theme in different settings.
Amazon: Friend or foe?
Online book sales in general are no foe; they are convenient and can sit alongside bricks-and-mortar book shops in our habits. For a single vast company to have such a stranglehold on the market is probably not healthy, however.