Thursday, April 24, 2014

Interview and Giveaway: The Shade by Matthew Tallman

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
I'm an employee for the federal government, I live near Dayton Ohio and this is my first novel. I write in the urban fantasy/paranormal genre, I've found it is the genre I can have the most fun writing about. I've always liked gritty crime movies so an urban setting seemed appropriate for my book. As far as pen names, I used Matthew Tallman, which is my real name. I debated on using another name but one of my friends told me that my actual name already sounded fake, so I stuck with it.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

My book—out now—is called The Shade. It's a paranormal/urban fantasy about a high school student who goes into a coma. However, while he is in the coma his mind and body separate, and his mind goes to a world called The Shade. The Shade is a story of survival and morals, about losing yourself and redemption. I wanted to create a story that would not only get the reader's attention but also make them think; hopefully that's what I did.

Are you a parent ?

I am a parent; I have a four-year-old stepson named Brady.

If yes, do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

I do, luckily my wife helps me out a lot when I'm writing. However, I believe it's hard to juggle just about anything with being a parent, it's one of the toughest jobs there are. There are times when I'd like to write, but Brady comes first so I have to wait until he's occupied or asleep to write—slowing me down sometimes. Other than slowing me down I wouldn't say having a child hinders me too much, he makes me smile everyday and I'd not have it any other way.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

Of course I have, that's why I put the disclaimer at the start of my book. But seriously, I think all writers base some characters off people they know or situations they've been in. It's easier to graph an emotion if you've lived it. There's nothing worse than a writer trying to sell you on how a character is feeling when they clearly have never gone through what they're trying to portrait. Although this is not always the case, I've find it to be true in most.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

The Shade does have a theme; the theme stretching over the entire trilogy is redemption. Everyone has needed a little bit of redemption in his or her lives, everyone can relate to needing someone to say 'I forgive you'. I think people will get their own meanings out of the book; there are many little messages throughout.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

What people might be surprised to know about me is that in school I hated reading. I mean, all the way through high school I absolutely despised reading. It's funny now but it seems ironic that I would write a book.

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

I'd really like to write a mystery, I've always liked detectives and would really enjoy writing a story one day. Other than that, I think I've got enough ideas to stick around in the paranormal category for a while.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

This is book number one of The Shade trilogy. Book number two (currently without title) is being edited as of now; it should be out sometime in the fall. The next book will take place three years after The Shade, picking up in a much darker place. It is my favorite of the three books; we explore a lot of the minor characters form the first book and get a deeper look at the world as a whole.

What book are you reading now?

Right now i'm not reading anything, mostly just writing my books. The last book I finished was The Walking Dead: Fall of the Governor part 2. I love the walking dead series, deep story and rich characters.

The Shade
The Shade Trilogy
Book 1              
Matthew Tallman

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Date of Publication: March 9th 2014

ISBN: 9780991619207

Number of pages: 340
Word Count: 105,494 words

Cover Artist: Pixel Pixie Design

Book Description:

James Langley's life is over. After an automobile accident leaves him comatose, James' body lies vulnerable in a hospital bed. However, his mind is lost, drifting between life and death, into The Shade.

Trapped in a world shrouded by the unknown, he meets Virgil, a mysterious stranger that informs him that his car wreck was no accident; that the man responsible has imprisoned them both, intent on keeping them there. Together they must race against time to get James back to his body in the real world before he becomes the next victim of a malevolent psychopath.

Enter the world of The Shade, where the boundaries of the human psyche are pushed to their limits and survival is not guaranteed. A place where death isn't the end, but only the beginning.

About the Author:

I am currently a part time writer and full time government employee. Reading and writing books is one of my favorite hobbies as I enjoy every part of the story telling process. I have been working on three full-length novels for the last three years. I grew up all around the world because my father was in the United States Air Force, the past ten years I have lived just outside of Dayton, Ohio, which is where I now reside with my wife and stepson.

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goldangel69 said...

Thanks for the chance to win

Matthew Tallman said...

Thank you for stopping by the blog and supporting the book, good luck in the giveaway!