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Tuesday
May212013

A little milestone

I think it's important to celebrate little milestones when you pass them. As such, I'm very happy to report that I passed the 80,000 mark on the novel today. To give some context, that's the entire length of The Devil's in the Detail. Does that mean that I'm nearly done? Not quite. It feels as if I'm about 70% through the story and there are still quite a few characters with their personal stories up in the air. It would be the equivalent of leaving David in the canals (Oops, spoiler alert)! I think the story is coming together nicely though, in the same way that a set of Ikea drawers eventually takes shape (Note: writing a novel is MUCH easier than assembling a set of Ikea drawers).

In other news, I'm attending the Emerging Writers' Festival in Melbourne this weekend. It should be a cool couple of days and looking forward to meeting some other local writers and picking their brains on all things writing.

Thanks again for people's continued kind words about The Devil's in the Detail. The word of mouth recommendations and reviews you've been posting in Amazon have been awesome.

So I'll let you know how the conference goes and I hope that you and your friends, families have had their own kind of milestone this week. If so, then give yourself a little pat on the back and set yourself the next one. Take care.

Tuesday
Apr232013

¿Dónde he estado?

Or as we say in English, "Where have I been?"! I must confess that with my second novel features so many Spanish characters, it's often hard to switch back to my Australian way of thinking.

I'm conscious that it's been several weeks since my last update and I thought it prudent that I checked in for a quick visit (websites are similiar to gyms in that regard).

So what's been happening? In a word... Writing! Tonight I've just finished Chapter 16 of the second novel and I'm quite pleased with how the story is coming along. It still amazes me  how attached I seem to get to the characters in my novels. Writing this book about the Camino de Santiago, I truly feel that I'm right there in Spain, walking the path toward Santiago with them.

To aid this, I've been immersing myself in all things Spanish: I've been reading Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and switched to drinking Rioja. But probably the most effective trigger to get into the Spanish way of thinking has been listening to some Spanish music. Check out the video below for a little dose of the type of tune I've been listening to while writing at the moment (as well as some sweet footage of Camaron rocking a pink jumper while on holiday in Paris!). I appreciate it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I'm aboslutely loving it at the moment and my Melbourne apartment is starting to sound like a Sevillan bar at present.

Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well and I'm looking forward to sharing more details with you about the second novel in the next few months.

Adios / Bye

 

 

Friday
Mar012013

Carpe Librum: Review & Interview

So today I received some exciting news. The Devil's in the Detail has been reviewed by a fantastic book blogging site, Carpe Librum (seize the book, for those amongst you have allowed their Latin to wane).

Carpe Librum is lovingly written by Tracey, who has a passion for reading, writing and literature in general. I was lucky enough to meet Tracey at the Federation Square book market in January and after a couple of e-mails back and forward, she agreed to read and review The Devil's in the Detail.

Carpe Librum reviews lots of books, both independently published and on the best selling lists, so it's been a nervous wait for my very first review from an independent, objective reviewer.

Click here to see what Tracey thought of The Devil's in the Detail.

In addition to the review, Tracey wanted to meet up for a coffee and an interview. It was a lot of fun to give her an insight into my writing process, discussing the importance of music in my writing and also showing her some of my early notes, scribbled away in an old notebook. Check out the full interview here and if you are looking for some good recommendations for your next book to read, Carpe Librum has plenty of great suggestions.

 

A reminder that you can write your very own review of The Devil's in the Detail by clicking here.

Photo courtesy of Carpe Librum.

 

Saturday
Jan192013

Good Reads

So recently I stumbled upon a website / app called 'Good Reads'. I'm usually very late with such discoveries (reference the awkward moment when I told everyone about the 'new' discovery of the song 'Somebody that I used to know' by Gotye a year after everyone else), so I'm sure you are all over it already.

But for those that aren't, it's an awesome site that allows you to keep a track of the books that you want to read, currently reading or have read already. It's as if this site was created just for me, as I'm usually the guy that stands in the doorway of a book shop racking my brains for the name of that book that my friend recommended or that I read about in the newspaper. It's also cool because you can see what your friends are reading and what they recommend.

Thanks to GoodReads, I now have a bunch of books flagged as 'to read', so whenever I finish a book I am able to select my next read straight away. I highly recommend for avid readers who lose track of the books that they want to read.

Hope to see you on there.

 

Click here to see Matthew's GoodReads page

Sunday
Jan062013

Competition winners announced

After much deliberation, I've picked the winners for The Devil's in the Detail casting competition. The quality of the entries was stellar and I was amazed at the range of actors selected for each character. For example, I always had Susan Boyle in mind for playing Olivia, yet there were some absolute stunners selected!

I think that this competion has really highlighted to me one of the joys of reading: it's absolutely up to the reader to determine what they think the characters look and sound like. Judging from the entries, you all have great imaginations (and taste). Great job! We now just need to turn the novel into a screenplay, sign up the actors, get Jason Reitman to agree to direct and get this thing made. Who's with me?!

An enormous thanks to everyone who entered. You can view the winners by clicking here. Let me know what you think of the selected cast. Good luck!