Author Interview: Matt T. Schott

Welcome author Matt T. Schott!

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Q.Do you work another job when you are not writing?
A. I’ve been a Union electrician in NY for 27 years.

Q. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not writing?
A. Spending time with my wife,gardening,wood work

Q. What is your favorite color? Why?
A. Blue, I’m afraid to analyze why it’s blue.

Q. What is your favorite season? Why?
A. Fall, I live along the Delaware river in New York.  For two weeks in October the landscape becomes candy-land.

Q. If you could live anyplace on earth, where would it be? Why?
A. In a mansion. I haven’t traveled enough to settle for one place.

Q. If you could have any car, what would it be?
A. A 1934 Ford modernized with a few “James Bond” features.

Tell us about your writing:

Q. How long have your been writing? Was it a dream, a goal or is it just a hobby?
A. I’ve written stories since I can remember an telling them even longer.

Q. How many hours a day do you devote to writing? Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?
A. I wake up at four every morning.  I write until 7 or 8 in the morning.  The weekends I usually write an hour or two more.  I don’t always stay on the same project or work on a different aspect of the book.

Q. Is there some place special you like to be when you write?
A. My Den, my wife used a painting trick to make the walls look like they are brown leather. It’s trimmed out in 7 inch red oak trim with two french doors to the living room, and it has its own private bathroom.(2 teenagers in the house)

Q. Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write?
A. I listen to new age or opera when I write.

Tell us about your book:

Q. What is the name of it and is it part of a series or a stand alone novel?
A. Lord Skyler and The Earth Defense Force, the first of three books.

Q. Where did the idea come from?
A. Every Thanksgiving I would have the same dream.  I think it was the smell of the turkey that sparked it.  Aliens landed and made all the parents in my neighborhood mine High-Tor mountain.  Then they left.

Q. How long did it take to write?
A. It took me 15 years to write.  I was never good at spelling or grammar.  I would read The Elements of Style then rewrite then I would reread The Elements of Style again and rewrite again.  I used other “How to write books” and writer’s magazines to learn tricks of the trade.

Q. What is it about?
A. My book is an Action-packed Space Adventure.  When the Titans invade to harvest Earth the Flarconeans stop by first an abduct a couple hundred young Humans.  The Flarconeans train them to fight the Titans for a year before they return to take back Earth.  Teenagers are thrown into the responsibility of saving the Human race.  They also stumble on a incredible weapon they could turn their friends into enemies.

Your other work:

Q. Do you have any upcoming projects in the works or other books that have been published?
A. The sequel is a rewrite and a pro edit away from being done.  I have a short story out on Kindle called, “A Program Thicker Than Water”  I have a hundred notebooks with ideas for stories.

Q. Where can readers connect with you?
A. I have a Lord Skyler and The Earth Defense Force page on FaceBook.

Q. Where can we buy your books?
A. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and 33 other online book stores.

More about Lord Skyler and The Earth Defense Force

Jacob,Doug and Terry are American teenagers. Jacob is into high school baseball. Doug studies karate and Terry plays the bagpipes like his father before him. The boys encounter a bright light on the way to the movies one night and their adventure began. Lord Skyler and the Earth Defense Force is about the bonds that people make during desperate times. The boys discover the secrets to space travel and the real political universe and how vulnerable Earth is.