Interview with Finding Home Author Mathew Chase

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I had the opportunity to ask the author of Finding Home, Mathew Chase, a few questions about the book and the process he went through to write it. Make sure you follow along with the rest of the book tour and enter to win the giveaway here.

Interview

Q: Where did the idea for the book come from?

A: I feel that the passing down of information is an obligation we all have. I felt that the information and messages in this story needed to be passed down to the next generation. The great men I served with in the Army inspired me to make this a reality. I felt that their story needed to be told. I feel that the mothers and fathers deserve to know the sacrifices that their sons and daughters make on a daily basis.

Q: Who is your favorite character and why?

I would have to say that Braun is my favorite character. I feel like he was one of the guys who was like an older brother. We would often talk about things that bothered us. With Braun being older he had more insight and knowledge about the things I couldn’t understand right away.

Q: What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?

A: I don’t have any specific writing process. I would have to say that I do enjoy writing in local coffee shops (Coffee and Art) around the downtown area. People often notice me typing away and will ask what I am doing. It sparks up a conversation and you’ll find others that are interested in writing as well. It kept me motivated to finish the story at times.

Q: Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?

A: I kind of outlined my story. Though it wasn’t very organized. It was more of a mental outline. Most times I already knew what came next. I had a clear vision for each chapter.

Q: Tell us in one sentence why we should read your book.

A: Because it’s intriguing from the beginning without all the fluff.

Q: What advice would you give a new author entering the self-publishing arena?

A: Take it slow and enjoy it. The journey of writing to produce a book is much like a ride at an amusement park. I learned so much. Network with people in the field of the topics you would like to discuss. Most importantly find a really good editor. I think one of the reasons I enjoyed writing was because I had Christine Miller as my editor. I can’t express how much she helped me and understood what I was trying to say when I had mental blocks and was unable to formulate those messages on paper. You can reach Christine by searching the link below. http://tellmewhatyouwanttosay.com/

Q: Are you working on anything new right now?

A: Not at the moment. I do have some ideas for a science fiction story that I might play with in the distant future.

Q: What is your favorite book of all time?

Can’t say that I have a favorite right now. But I used to read White Fang over and over again as kid.

Q: Each author has his or her own inspiring journey. How did you begin writing?

A: I really gain a lot of motivation when I go running. I just feel like I’m ready to do whatever it is I need to accomplish after a nice long run. It helps me clear my mind and stay focused. One night after a run I said to myself I’m going to write this book. I sat down and wrote a whole chapter. I told myself that I would take my time. I would write whenever I could and not rush myself. I met with my editor Christine Miller, and asked her to review my work when I had eight chapters. I wanted to see if it was worthy of continuing and find out how far I would go with it. Christine later contacted me and said that she liked the story so far and that I should definitely continue until we had a first rough draft.

Q: Besides writing, do you have any other passions?

I enjoy running at night. Traveling to new places. Trying foods that would gross most people out. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and cracking jokes on each other.

About the Book

Finding Home - Front Cover While safety and peace seem like they should be birthrights, some of us are born into situations that simply don’t allow for these niceties. With a father who sold drugs and a mother who depended on them, the world felt anything but calm to author Mathew Chase.

Growing up in one of the toughest parts of Philadelphia, Mathew learned things in his first few years of life that most of us never have to learn, like how to survive hunger when there’s no food in the house and no one there to notice . . . how not to cry or show fear while being beat with a shoe by a foster parent . . . how to mask any signs of vulnerability when passing the dealers and gangsters on the street . . . or how to fight when one or a bunch of kids jump you on your way home from school.

Somehow, Mathew knew he had a choice. He could conform to the status quo and become a victim of the mentality generated by this environment, or he could find a way to break free and build a different kind of life. Joining the U.S. military at age 18 as an exit route from what he’d known forever seemed like a promising solution, but it carried an exacting price tag of its own.

Mathew’s childhood began to seem like it had been easy compared to the brutality of training and fighting in Iraq while witnessing the slaying of friends who had become like brothers. Would Mathew ever find home? Follow the author’s journey through seemingly endless challenges and failures to understand how these selfsame circumstances mold him into a mature and courageous man. In Finding Home, pain and heartbreak are transformed to what they truly are – stepping stones to ultimate strength and personal freedom.

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