Author Interview: N. Forbes Matheis

About the author:
I grew up in the cool, rural hills of Manchester, Jamaica. I went to an All-Girls school and spent many days rumbling and tumbling through my family's corn fields and cattle pens until I went away to university in the city of Kingston. From there, I spread my wings and traveled to many countries, admiring different cultures, landscapes and life forms. Along the way, I studied law and theology and hold a Masters degree in both fields of studies. After being called to the Bar, I married my husband and moved to Germany (his hometown). We later lived in South Africa before moving to the USA where we currently reside with our 13 years old dog, Candy. I enjoy reading, writing, researching, cooking, gardening and empowering others.

I have published two fiction novels, three non-fiction/inspirational/self help books and three children's book.

What inspires you to write romantic fiction?
Love is the most compelling force in this world. Despite hardships, struggles and trial, love has a way of pulling us through and lifting us up. That's what causes my heart to race and my fingers to curl around a pen.

Tell us about how you write.
I enjoy writing in quiet areas: my office or by the sea. Mountainous settings also get my creative juices going.

Do you listen to or talk to to your characters?
I communicate with my characters to get a better understanding of who they are, how they think and are likely to behave. In the second book of the Pitayta Gully Trilogy, I actually have a conversation with a mentally ill character. In a way these communications allow me to explore different aspects of myself as I envision different personas.

What advice would you give other romance writers?
Write from your heart.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went with self publishing because it gave me freedom over the process from beginning to end.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Book publishing has become highly competitive and I believe this will continue to be the trend. It is interesting times.

Which romance sub-genere(s) fit your stories best?
fiction, women, romance, crime

My books are available in the following formats:
eBook, Print

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