Q & A with Paige Matthews

Next up this week we have Paige Matthews! Please give her a warm welcome! 🙂

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pmWhat would your bio say?
Paige Matthews grew up in rural New England, and as a child dreamed of being a writer. Okay…not so much. I wanted to be a teacher, lawyer, writer, and journalist and after changing my degree four times, I settled on literature and then pursued a Master’s degree in Professional Writing. I now find myself a mother of two, a wife and a self-published author who still holds a full-time job completely out of the realm of my degrees 🙂 I enjoy writing, reading and spending time with my family and friends, watching hockey (avid fan) and enjoying life. When I am not spending time doing all of the things listed above, I am reviewing, promoting and networking with a great bunch of authors, bloggers and friends.

When did you start writing and why?
I guess I have always written throughout my life. It started out more as journal entries and then progressed into creative writing during my Master’s degree program. I have always had an appreciation for reading and the written word.

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?
I think it being a parent affects my writing. I would love to be able to lock myself away in a room and write all day, but being a full-time mom to a 4 year old and a 2 year old, I find myself writing primarily after they go to bed. Being a parent just requires us to shift our schedules to meet the demands of our families. I wouldn’t have it any other way

Who is your favorite author and why?
Favorite author…I am a student of literature, I can’t pick just one 🙂 I enjoy literary names such as Thomas Hardy, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Ibsen, Shaw, The Brontes, Twain and contemporary writers such as Tiffany Reisz, Maya Banks, James Patterson. So to say my tastes are wide and varied-they are. As long as a story appeals to me, I usually enjoy it.dm

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
Honestly, I already have accomplished what I wanted to with my writing. I published a book. I made a dream come true. But in other words, I want to share my worlds with others and hopefully entertain and teach others along the way.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?
I chose self-publishing. I like the creative control that I have over my own writing and my process. Both industries have their own pros and cons, and I enjoy creating and reading many self-published authors.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing
It’s not that thrilling. I began writing my novel for NaNoWriMo and decided after seeing the success of other self-published authors that I could put out something that was worth reading, at least in my opinion. I wrote Devour Me within the month and then spent three months re-writing, editing and working with my beta readers to produce something that ended up being entirely different than the original. The journey has been eye opening to say the least. Negative ratings, e-book returns and the whole eighty different ways of formatting for each site…my documents folder looks like a zoo.

Tell us about your book (s)
Devour Me started as an idea that I had jotted down somewhere during my graduate degree and as said before was written during last year’s NaNoWriMo as a challenge to myself. The book focuses on a young PhD student and her “journey” away from an abusive boyfriend and into a world that she had left hidden deep within herself. The novel does focus on BDSM and a D/s relationship, as I try and educate my readers about the inner workings of the emotional aspects and desires within us. It is the first book in a three book (as of now) series focusing on different members of a club.

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?
I wanted to explore the unspoken desires and curiosity that is within us all, even if we don’t want to believe it. The main stream culture has turned to the genre after FSoG, but the purpose of my novels is to show the emotional connections between the individuals with these relationships, and a few good smuttier scenes always help 

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?
I think she overcomes her fears and throws caution to the wind in making herself happy. Whether you love or hate her, she overcomes her own issues and fears to accept what she wants and who she is. My beta readers were split on liking the male main character, although one beta reader actually loves a secondary character who I focus on in the second novel, Consume Me.

Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?
Devour Me does have a small soundtrack and Consume Me is shaping up to be a pretty kick butt album.

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Thanks so much Paige for joining us today! You can follow Paige on her website! Her books can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords & Createspace

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