Interview with Matt Drabble (author of The Traveling Man)

Good morning, all, and welcome to yet another Monday!

To help get the week off to a great start (as if our Shark Week giveaway weren't enough!), we have Matt Drabble, author of The Traveling Man, stopping by for a chat. Before we get into the interview, let me just tease you with the book's tagline:

The residents of Granton are about to discover that dreams can come at a terrible price, and you should always be careful what you wish for.

Now, if that doesn't already have your attention, read on!

Q: Thanks for taking the time to stop by today, Matt. For those who haven't yet had a chance to enjoy your work, please tell us a little about yourself and what we can expect.

My name is Matt Drabble and I am an English writer of Horror/Dark Thrillers. Several years ago I was diagnosed with a degenerative back condition which led me to seek out a new way of earning a living.

Q: The journey from 'aspiring' to 'accomplished' can be a long one, even in the era of small presses and digital publishing. When did you begin writing, and what has the journey to publication been like?

The journey is very difficult and filled with bumps along the way. I wrote two novels as a hobby but both of which never made a dent, fortunately my third attempt was a book called “Gated” which hit #4 on the UK Horror Chart and gave me a foot in the door and a template to work from.

Q: In terms of writing, what comes easiest for you, and where do you struggle the most? Is it the title? The first paragraph? The last chapter? The cover blurb?

I always start by designing a cover as it gives me a handle on the story. Titles can be difficult as often the book will morph along the way making the title no longer fit.

Q: Sometimes, characters can take on a life of their own, pulling the story in directions you hadn't originally anticipated, especially when developing a series that touches on multiple genres. Were there any twists or turns in your writing that surprised you, or really challenged your original plans for the story?

I find that every story is organic in nature. I tend to start with a beginning and an end but the path in between will always surprise me. Sometimes a book will start to take an unwanted turn and trying to keep it on the right track is like trying to turn an oil tanker.

Q: When writing, do you ever consider how a reader or reviewer will react, or do you write solely for your own satisfaction?

I don’t have a literary educational background and my work is very much by instinct. The earliest lesson that I learned was to never analyse my process, the book will tend to be what it wants to be and hopefully readers will like it.

Q: In terms of reader reactions, what is the strangest or most surprising reaction to your work that you've encountered to -date?

I often find that the books that I am the least happy with turn out to be the best sellers. I have long since given up my own opinions on my work as I've come to the conclusion that I’m not the best judge. I have had precious few very negative reviews but there have been a couple that have been somewhat personal which I find odd but there are those out there with agendas I suppose.

Q: To turn from pen to page for a moment, is there a particular author who has influenced or inspired your writing? Somebody who either made you want to write in the first place, or who just refreshes your literary batteries?

King is King and long live the King. I love his creations of entire towns where every character gets a voice. You will never have a single scene with a mailman delivering a letter without learning a little about him.

Q: Agreed - I cut my teeth on King! Assuming you had total creative control over the production, who would you cast as the leading roles, were your work to be optioned for the big screen?

There are some actors that would make me stop and watch them queuing for a bus. People like Robert Downey Jnr, Rosario Dawson, Michael Keaton, Eddie Marsden, Glenn Close, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kevin Spacey

Q: Before we let you go, what can we look forward to from you next? Is there another story yet to be told in your latest world, or perhaps something completely different on the horizon?

I have a supernatural thriller called “The Montague Portrait” about a hunt for a cursed paining that is completed and in reserve. I am also in the last throes of writing a book called “Double Visions” which about a psychic brought out of self-imposed retirement to track a serial killer with the same gift as hers.

Both sound great. Thanks again for stopping by, Matt!


About the Author

Born in Bath, England in 1974, a self-professed "funny onion", equal parts sport loving jock and comic book geek. From an early age reading so many works of varied authors, I took the somewhat foolhardy decision to attempt my own novel.

I now have eight novels available, "Asylum - 13 Tales of Terror" “,Gated", "Rapture Falls", "Fangsters" and my latest novels "Abra-Cadaver" & a new horror anthology "After Darkness Falls" Volumes One and Two. I have also just published a sequel to "Gated" called "Gated II: Ravenhill Academy"

Gated” was a UK Horror Chart #4 best seller.
Asylum – 13 Tales of Terror” was a Horror/Anthology Chart #1 for over a year and voted #5 on The Horror Novel Reviews Top 10 Books of 2013.

Abra-Cadaver” recently won an Indie Book of the Day award.

I have recently been signed by Taylor Street Books in San Francisco who will be producing my novel "The Montague Portrait" and I am currently writing "Double Visions"

Visit me at, on Twitter, on Facebook, or on my Facebook Author Page.


About the Book

The Traveling Man
By Matt Drabble 

Genre: Thriller, Horror

The small desert town of Granton is a typical slow boiling pot of unfulfilled hopes and dreams. Every hard working day is much like any other here where little ever changes.

Sheriff Cassie Wheeler runs a tight ship in the tradition of her late father. There is little serious crime to trouble her department, save for the local miners’ occasional rowdiness after payday.

But Granton has its share of secrets hiding behind twitching curtains. Small town folks often have the biggest of ambitions.

Now the long dusty road into town has brought with it a stranger. A man of elegance calling himself Gilbert Grange has arrived. He brings with him a bag full of dreams and a silver tongue of promise. He can give you whatever you desire, all you have to do is sign on the dotted line.

The residents of Granton are about to discover that dreams can come at a terrible price, and you should always be careful what you wish for.


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