This week on Meet The Author Monday I get to introduce you to a copywriter and award winning creative writing author, Matthew Drzymala. His latest work, “The Fantastical Gregory Shortbread” is available on Amazon now. Usual arrangement here, my questions/comments are in BLUE and Matt will be in GREEN.
Thank you for stopping by and sharing your story, Matt. How would you describe your reading habits and how has it impacted your decision to be a writer?
I’m an avid reader, but the biggest influences on me as a writer are Roald Dahl and Terry Pratchett.
Their way with words, how they made up names and places and generally had fun and made you feel comfortable is how I approach my writing.
I want my readers to laugh, love and enjoy my characters and stories – just like two of my favourite authors.
Pratchett is one of my favorites as well. I have to agree the way he created his world is masterful. Aside from those two, what else do you like to read?
I read a lot of thrillers, you just end up gripped by them.
Although I don’t actually write them.
Is there a moment, or person, most responsible for you crossing the line from just an avid reader to crafting your own stories?
My fiancee, Elaine, is who encouraged me to write. Although I could say it was authors, it was my partner who gave me the confidence to write.
She backs me at all times, even when I don’t feel I can write. If it wasn’t for her I would never have written a single story.
She encouraged me to study creative writing and is my number one supporter at all times.
As writing is such a solitary thing, it helps to have that support.
Such a beautiful thing to have that kind of support because, as you said, writing is usually a solitary activity. Venturing outside that writing cave can be scary without that kind of support. So since you do not write thrillers, what do you consider your genre of choice?
I would say my genre is humour.
Is that its own genre?
I think so, but it includes so many other genres. I’ve written mysteries and romances, all with a lot of humour thrown in.
Many people aren’t sure what to expect when I say I write humour because humour could be a joke book.
I write all sorts of stories, but they always include funny scenarios. I want to make people laugh. I don’t want it to be just about jokes, far from it, it has to have a story that intrigues and touches people, but I always want them to have a good time too.
The world definitely needs more laughter, so yes, I agree. I think humor is, and should be, its own genre. One we sorely need. You have the support system, you crossed that threshold to writing stories. Where did you go from there?
I’m solely a self-published author.
I’ve never approached a publisher because humor is such a difficult genre to sell. It’s not a genre that publishers want to sell so much.
Thrillers. Erotic. Romance etc. I’d stand a chance.
But for me, it’s about writing what I enjoy. Maybe one day I’ll approach a publisher, but I haven’t so far.
Being an author has expanded into me joining a community where I’ve attended book signings, run my own creative writing workshops in schools and colleges as well as be part of an author panel for local authors.
And I’m now a copywriter, writing web pages and advertising for businesses – something that would never have happened had I not been an author.
I see your point about humor being a hard sell for traditional publishers. Is copywriting your day job then?
My day job is payroll, but I also run my own freelance copywriting business.
I somehow manage to fit in a lot of TV and film in-between all this.
Sometimes I end up completely drained, but if it means working for myself as a writer in the future, it’ll all be worth it.
You must have some impressive time management skills to accomplish all of that. I wish you the best with making writing a full-time job in the future. Did you have anything else you would like to share before we get everyone the links to find you and your work?
Writing is something I have loved for a long time. It is a huge part of my life.
I’m a national award winner in creative writing and I have a diploma in Copywriting.
There’s such a huge world of writing out there.
Being an author is vastly different to copywriting. They are two different disciplines and being an author doesn’t mean you’ll make a good copywriter.
Odd, but true.
Thank you for sharing your insights and your journey with us, Matt. I hope you will stop by in the future when you have any new humorous stories to share and update us on your progress towards writing full time. For anyone looking to follow Matt, you can find him at the links included below.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/mattdrzymalaauthor
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