Ten (or More) Things About... Matt Converse!

It's time for another 10 Things Author Interview and today we feature Matt Converse!

Let's jump right in...

Indie or traditionally published? - Tell us how this works for you...
Comet press published my first one, and Encompass Ink has published all the rest of
Plot or Pants?  Do you pre-plot your books, use an outline, fly by the seat of your pants
or some combination of things?  How do you keep track of characters in a series?  Do
you keep a journal of your characters’ statistics, such as hair and eye color, relatives,
hometown, etc.
I just start writing. I usually write a “skeleton” version of a book including the ending and
then go back and fill in details and often come up with whole new scenes or chapters.
Tell us about your first… published M/M fiction/romance.
Several years after retiring from being a stripper, I wrote a novella about a stripper who
has a fan turn stalker. Behind the Velvet Curtain was published in 2015.

and then your most recent one..
I just released my latest, Leather Head Unmasked, the sequel to Leather Head. It is
about a serial killer who targets gay men. It goes from fun and sexy to pitch dark in the
blink of an eye.
Do you write full time or part-time?  
Full time.
If you could invite 4 people (real or fictional, living or dead) to a dinner party, who would you
invite and what would you serve?
Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King, Lady Gaga and Albert Einstein. I don’t cook, so I’d order pizza!
Something people would be surprised to know about you
I was married many years ago…to a woman!
Which character still pops into your mind to visit from time to time?
Leather Head from my three novella series. He’s a big hunk, a mountain of muscles who wears a black mask/hood over his face. Also, Icarus from my novella Window Watcher, a nod to Rear Window. He’s back on the Grace Kelly character from the movie.
Where do you write?  Do you have a routine?
At my PC, usually very late at night with a cup of coffee.
What are your writing goals for the next year?  The future?
The release the sequel to 99 Days, 99 Days later. For the future, to just keep writing and complete another full length novel. I write mostly novellas; my horror novel I’m the Last Face You’ll Ever See is my only full length novel so far.
What’s the hardest part about writing M/M romance or erotica?
The sex scenes are the hardest to write, making them new and different.

What else do you want us to know about you?
My idol is Alfred Hitchcock so I try to put suspense in my writing.

What is the funniest scene you’ve written?
A friend of the main character Matt from Strip Shot, nick-named “Baby Jane” has a scene where he confronts a straight main in front of his wife about them playing in the dressing room. When the guy denies it, “Baby Jane” yells to the wife, “Smell his finger!”
Who’s your biggest supporter/cheerleader?
My Mom, she the best. It warms my heart because she got me into watching scary movies as a kid and that’s why I specialize in dark m/m/
What made you decide M/M romance was the genre you wanted to write?  Do you write other
I just wrote what I knew based on my experiences as a male stripper, and it grew from there. I write mostly m/m romance, thrillers and horror but this year came out with my first m/m sci-fi, 99 Days, and have received some of my best reviews ever for it.
Where do you find inspiration?
Many times from nightmares I have for the dark scenes, but mainly just my wild imagination.
What do you do if you hit a wall while writing?  How do you combat writer’s block?
I have a little note next to my PC that says: Write. Even if it’s just one sentence. The toughest part is just starting.
What do your friends and family think of what you write; do they know?
Yes they love it and are super supportive.
What is your favorite thing about writing M/M romance?
Creating memorable scenes and characters.
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