Short, Sharp Interview: Matthew Louis


PDB: Can you pitch THE WRONG MAN in 25 words or less?

A decent guy gets on the wrong side of small-time hoodlums in a relentlessly-plotted and believable tale of desperation and revenge.

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

I really enjoyed GALVESTON by Nic Pizzolatto last week. I don’t generally watch movies or TV. Never even seen BREAKING BAD. Last crime flick I saw was OLDBOY, which, as I wrote over at Out of the Gutter Online, didn’t really float my boat. Kind of torpedoed my boat and caused everyone on board to die screaming.

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

Yeah. You just have to clear that first hurdle. Get your disbelief systems completely powered down. Depending on the author’s overall skill, and their mastery of their subject matter, the difficulty level for this can range from effortless to impossible.

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

Maybe. What are we talking, pay-wise?

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

Not too much. I go for believable characters and situations and those have to be based on fundamental understandings of what motivates different types of people. After the fact I’ll Google some stuff I was guessing about, maybe visit a titty bar, hire a couple of hookers, go on a meth bender and kill some people, strictly to make sure I got the details right.

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

Indispensable from a business standpoint. In most other respects, pretty dispensable.

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

I’m keeping my cool, waiting to see THE WRONG MAN movie come to fruition. If that doesn’t pan out for some reason, I’m planning a period of unpredictable behaviour and suicidal depression topped off by a short stay in county jail. I have another novel, called JACOB’S FALL, that’s been in limbo for a while, now reworked from its original pitch black premise to suit more mainstream sensibilities. I’m subjecting it to professional editorial oversight and plan to give birth to it in the fall. Beyond my own projects, I will keep managing the Gutter media empire, swallowing up smaller operations until we have established an effective monopoly throughout the developed world. Then I’ll hire lobbyists to write regulations and dictate their enforcement so I can control the flow of information on a global scale for generations to come.

Bio: Matthew Louis is the founding editor of Gutter Books and Out of the Gutter. Learn more at Check out The Wrong Man.

2 thoughts on “Short, Sharp Interview: Matthew Louis

  1. Excellent interview. I especially liked “I go for believable characters and situations and those have to be based on fundamental understandings of what motivates different types of people.”

  2. The Wrong Man soon to be made into a major motion picture! Congratulations to Matthew Louis. Which first – book or film? Hmm!

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