Author Matthew Franks joins me today as my guest, please help me make him feel welcome.
Welcome Matthew, let’s start with you telling us a little about yourself including where you are from?
I’m originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, but now live in Arlington, Texas. I have a beautiful wife and three amazing daughters that keep me on my toes. I’m also a counselor working primarily with adolescents.
I’ve written several screenplays and a few stage plays, one of which was produced off-off Broadway. I’ve also written short stories and four novels – the latest of which was released through Samhain Publishing on April 5th.
Can you tell us about The Monster Underneath and how did it get started?
THE MONSTER UNDERNEATH is my debut novel. The impetus for the book was to write a story that involves dreamwalking and a serial killer.
The idea of entering someone else’s dreams and finding out more about his or her psyche has always fascinated me. That idea developed into the tale of a psychic therapist that is called upon by the FBI to enter the dreams of a suspected serial killer and get a confession.
So far, the book has gotten excellent reviews and endorsements from very talented and award-winning authors. The whole experience has been incredible.
What made you decide to write books?
Ever since I was a kid, I loved writing. I would create short stories to entertain myself and my friends when the teacher wasn’t looking. As I got older, I started writing screenplays and eventually moved on to
The first novel I wrote was mainly just to try it out. It was a dark comedy about a guy that rides a city bus to random destinations in search of adventures. I don’t know that it will ever be published but it was a lot of fun to write and still one of my favorite stories.
How do you create your characters?
I think it’s important to know a character’s background before introducing them. Even less prominent characters need to be fleshed out before they can truly come alive. Therefore, I normally sketch a short bio of each character even if the details don’t reveal themselves in the story. That way, their actions are originating from somewhere.
Dialogue is another important way to develop character. You don’t want to explain everything so having some vital piece of information come out in conversation or in the middle of the action helps move the story along as well. Dialogue is also a crucial way to distinguish characters from each other. For example, one character may use slang while another is more proper.
Lastly can you tell us what the hardest part of being an author is?
In addition to finding the time in our busy world, another challenge of being an author is knowing when to outline and when to let the story unfold more spontaneously. It’s also a very exciting aspect of writing.
A good analogy would be taking a vacation. You need to know where you’re going and have some sort of plan on how to get there. But you also how to buy accutane online don’t want to plan the whole thing to death and not allow for those wonderful moments that aren’t on the itinerary.
Thank you Matthew and we would like to wish you good luck with The Monster Underneath and future books.
The Monster Underneath, Synopsis
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Publication Length: 219 pages
Reality can be the difference between a dream and a nightmare…
Max Crawford isn’t a typical prison therapist. He uses his unusual psychic ability to walk with convicts through their dreams, reliving their unspeakable crimes alongside them to show them the error of their ways.
Max always has to be on his toes to keep himself grounded, but the FBI agent waiting for him in his private office immediately puts him on edge. The bureau wants Max to go way outside his comfort zone to enter the dreams of suspected serial killer William Knox.
To get a confession and secure the future of his prison program, Max must gain Knox’s trust by any means necessary—and survive the minefield of secrets waiting inside a murderer’s mind.
Secrets that could turn Max’s reality into a living nightmare.
About Matthew Franks
Matthew Franks lives in Arlington, Texas with his beautiful wife and children. He studied psychology and creative writing at Louisiana State University then obtained a Master’s Degree in counseling from Texas State University. When he’s not working on his next story, he’s counseling adolescents or trying to keep up with his three highly energetic daughters. You can connect with Matthew over on his website.
Praise for The Monster Underneath
An assured, gripping, totally engaging debut, Matthew Franks will have you burning through the pages of this taut supernatural thriller at breakneck speed. If Christopher Nolan and Stephen King ever teamed up to write a novel, this would be it. Highly recommended!
Ronald Malfi, author of Little Girls
What if you could see inside the dreams of anyone you came in contact with? Would you dare to look? Could you handle the things you’d find within? The Monster Underneath is a real nail- biter – one of those ever-spiraling stories that you just can’t put down until you reach the surprising end!
John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant and The Family Tree
The Monster Underneath is an intense and clever debut in which reality is more terrifying than the nightmares and twisted dreamscapes of a madman. Author Matthew Franks is a name to remember, his stories you won’t soon forget.
Rena Mason, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Evolutionist and East End Girls
Matthew Franks’ debut novel takes you through the darkest, twisted alleys of a killer’s mind and then drags you several steps further, beyond the status of observer and into the disturbing realm of accomplice. A harrowing tale of murder and delusion and moral ambiguity.
Hank Schwaeble, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of
Damnable, Diabolical, and the darkthriller collection, American Nocturne
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