Short, Sharp Interview: Matt Hilton

matt bookPDB: Can you pitch THE LAWLESS KIND in 25 words or less?

MH: Hunter faces his most dangerous opponent yet when he goes up against a Mexican crime cartel to save a child from his own father.

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

MH: “Hot Rod 57”, a new rockabilly band, has kept my toes tapping. James Lee Burke’s “The Neon Rain” kept me turning the pages. “Banshee” kept me tuning in on TV. And for movies it has to be Avengers Assemble – I laugh every time I hear the Hulk mutter the line “Puny God”.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

MH: Yeah. I learned to write by reading, so it must have been important for me.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

MH: I’ve been thinking about writing a TV script recently and done a bit of research. It’s just finding the time between writing the novels where I struggle.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

MH: I mainly research little nuggets of info these days, or locations, but pretty much write the books from the knowledge I already keep stored in my noggin.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

MH: Very. It’s where I communicate most with my readers and peers. If I didn’t use social media I’d likely never speak to anyone!

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

MH: I’ve a new Joe Hunter book (number 9) coming out in January 2014 called ‘The Lawless Kind’, and have also just finished the first draft of a standalone paranormal/crime novel I hope to see published. Hopefully my publishers will have enough faith in me and Joe Hunter to keep the series going.

Bio: Matt Hilton quit his career as a police officer with Cumbria Constabulary to pursue his love of writing tight, cinematic American-style thrillers. He is the author of the high-octane Joe Hunter thriller series, including his most recent novel ‘Rules of Honour’, published in February 2013 and the upcoming ‘The Lawless Kind’ (January 2014) by Hodder and Stoughton. His first book, Dead Men’s Dust, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers’ Debut Book of 2009 Award, and was a Sunday Times bestseller, and was recently a Kindle bestseller.

Matt is a high-ranking martial artist and has been a detective and private security specialist, all of which lend an authenticity to the action scenes in his books.

www.matthiltonbooks.com

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