What made you choose Red Adept Editing?
I was shopping around for editing services and had heard a lot of good word of mouth about Red Adept, so I decided to give them a shot, and I’m glad I did! Every manuscript is edited/proofread to a professional standard and returned in a timely manner with lots of helpful suggestions provided along the way. All that for a reasonable price, too.
You’ve worked with Kelly Reed. What did you enjoy most about working with him?
For me, the editing process can be aggravating and makes me want to pull my hair out at times. Kelly does a great job—he is very thorough and provides excellent feedback with helpful suggestions. He also throws in a good dose of humor that makes the process, dare I say, even enjoyable at times.
What do you read or watch for inspiration?
I find inspiration from lots of sources, whether it be from old-school action movies from the 80s and 90s, video games with immersive, detailed worlds such as The Witcher or Fallout games, and of course a steady diet of various books in the sci-fi and fantasy genres.
My books are series, although I do have a standalone sci-fi novella. I plan to continue writing primarily series, and if I do write any more standalones, they will likely tie in to the series somehow.
Do you see yourself writing anything other than sci-fi one day?
Yes, in fact I’ve shifted gears and currently am in an epic/dark fantasy phase. I just released my Nexus of the Planes fantasy trilogy, which is now available.
What part of self-publishing do you enjoy the most?
The freedom to write the types of books I enjoy and not having a gatekeeper shut me down before my work can ever see the light of day. I had an unpleasant experience in college where a professor made it pretty clear that if you weren’t writing literary fiction, then you weren’t a legit writer. I prefer to let the readers determine whether something is good or not based on its own merits.
You have some great covers. Who does your cover work?
Thanks! I’ve worked with several designers, most recently these two amazing artists:
Leonardo Borazio did my covers for Nexus of the Planes.
Isidore Koliavras did the last two covers of my Extensis Vitae books.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I enjoy reading, watching movies and sports, going hiking, and doing outdoorsy stuff. I also like to travel, especially around Europe. It’s pretty amazing visiting sites that are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old and just imagining the rich history behind them.
What advice would you give to a new author?
Don’t get discouraged! It’s tough out there, and when you hit a rough patch, whether it be a sales slump or a flurry of bad reviews, you just have to pick yourself back up, adjust fire if necessary, and keep going.
Where can readers find you?
Amazon profile page: https://www.amazon.com/Gregory-Mattix/e/B00BJD3R3O/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1482343913&sr=8-2-ent