Thursday, January 10, 2019

Interview: Matt Minor, author of THE WATER LORD


THE WATER LORD
by
MATT MINOR
Genre: Political Suspense
Publisher: Dead Tree Publishing
Publication Date: April 2, 2018
Number of Pages: 249 pages

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A town has gone dry, and the general manager of a water district is found dead, presumably a suicide. His crazed widow is in denial and recklessly loose-lipped. Texas House District 100 is again in turmoil, and the interests of the landed class against urban sprawl are at odds.
Enter John David Dothan (The Representative). The world’s hippest legislator is back, but he is a changed man. Post-stroke Dothan dons an eccentric cane and is married to his former chief of staff, Tryphena Taylor. The two lovers reside peacefully tucked away in a country cottage with their rescued cat. But they are swimming against the tide.
Caught between the past and the future, the rural and the urban, the representative is trapped in a no-win situation both politically and emotionally. When a constituent brings to his attention a mysterious ‘retention pond’ things grow increasingly murky. The waters turn completely dark when Dothan learns his forbidden first love, former State Senator Rachael Logan has been hospitalized.
Armed with only his cane and sidekick, Mason Dixon (The District Manager), who serves as his new chief of staff, Dothan sets aside the ambiguities of politics and love in search of clarity and righteousness. But the cost of doing the right thing might not just be his young marriage … but Tryphena’s life.




PRAISE FOR THE WATER LORD:

"Great pacing and a well-written storyline. I look forward to reading more from Matt Minor!" - My Reading Addiction

"Matt Minor has great attention to detail and makes everything from the setting to the characters feel very real. It makes for a wonderfully written and very suspenseful novel." - Momma and Her Stories

"A well-crafted suspense! The plot kept me turning the pages and I finished this novel very fast. Matt Minor's voice is a breath of fresh air, smart, witty and full of twists... I will read more books by this author!" - Indie Express

"Matt Minor has created a novel in which the main character shows growth...I like flawed characters and if they can overcome things, it really speaks to me." - A Life Through Books





What did you enjoy most about writing The Water Lord?
Writing it. I love writing.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Working out the mystery details.

The Water Lord has a recurring character from The District Manager. Any unexpected hurdles in doing this?
It is the third book in what I term the ‘The House District 100 saga.’ I mean ‘saga’ somewhat sardonically. There were no hurdles. It just falls into place. It helps that I have much to draw on in both my personal and professional life.

Do you now or have you ever considered writing under a pen-name?
Haha … I should. I could lose my job doing what I do because it is so closely related to what I do (state legislature). People don’t take chances anymore with art. I do.

So… that begs the question: are any of your book’s characters based on real people?
That’s a secret, known only by me and the wild God of the world. 

How does The Water Lord relate to your faith, spiritual practice, or life path?
None. I throw characters into a Petri dish and they act according to their nature until they don’t. I am an observer.

Are there under-represented groups or ideas featured if your book?
The whole thing. I write Texas political fiction, with elements of mystery and suspense associated with that. I’m the only person doing what I do. 

Who would you cast to play your characters in a movie version of your book?
Not many actors today that could hang with my characters. I’d have to think about that.

Did you first experience rejections when submitting this manuscript for publication?
I never submitted this book for publication. I did, however, submit The Representative for publication, and interviewed with agents. I was told there was no market for what I am doing, that originality has no currency. I self-published because I was told by an agent I respect that because I was doing something out of the box, it was best to abscond with conformity and go it alone.

Do you have a mantra for writing and/or for life?
I’ll quote the poet Gary Snyder: I feel ancient, as though I had lived many lives. And may never now know if I am a fool…or have done what my karma demands.



Matt Minor presently serves as a chief of staff in the Texas House of Representatives. In the Texas House he has served under the Pensions Committee, Government Efficiency and Reform, Investments and Financial Services, Bond Indebtedness, and Way and Means. He has worked as a political campaign manager and is a public speaker. Matt has authored official state publications, oversees syndicated editorials, (both political and cultural) and is a speech writer and district radio legislative commentator. Prior to his life in state politics, Matt was a professional musician and entertainer. Matt’s hobbies are centered on the arts, including the craft of poetry, an interest that has brought academic recognition and numerous awards.

His first novel, The Representative, was an Amazon Political Fiction Bestseller the summer of 2015, and was accepted and archived into the Texas State Legislative Library. In April of 2016, The Representative won an IPPY Gold medal for Southern Fiction. In the summer of 2016 he released his second novel, The District Manager.

Matt Minor resides on his ranch property in Wharton County, Texas. He lives in Austin during legislative session. 

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