Grave Robbers By Matt Drabble
DI Lucas Grant thought that he'd seen everything that Bayport had to offer. A grim town run by a crime lord with half the police in his pocket and no one willing to take a stand. But now something new is happening, something that makes no sense. Bank robbers who won't stay down despite being shot multiple times, men returning from the dead to wreak havoc and death on his streets. Bayport might be a crime ridden hellhole, but it is still his town and outsiders don't get to burn it down, not without a fight. Saddled with a new partner he can't trust and forced into an uneasy alliance with the criminal who ruined his town Grant will finally have to make a stand. Forced to fight against the darkness he will get answers and find those responsible, wherever the truth lies and however incredible it might be.
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Interview with Author Matt Drabble
What made you start writing?
I have always dabbled with writing for as long as I’ve been reading. I started to spend more time writing when I was recuperating from a back injury. The injury transitioned into a lifelong degenerative condition which left me unable to work and with too much time on my hands. I started to write a novel simply to see if I could. I began the book, told the story and by the time I’d finished I had a full length novel. After that I started a second novel and simply kept going. I always deliberately try not to analysis my process as I’m afraid that if I do then the whole thing will fall apart.
Why horror and suspense vs. romance or urban fantasy?
I was always a fan of the eighties style “fun” horror. I like to always try and add a touch of humor to my work and I stay away from the gratuitous gore. My intention isn’t to try and shock or appal readers I look to entertain. I love a twist ending and plotting a mystery. I also try to make my characters three dimensional and put them in a real world context.
What's next on the table for you?
I am just coming to the end of a first draft for “Asylum 3”. The Asylum series are a collection of Horror Anthology books where there is an arcing storyline that runs through the book and links the individual tales together. The third installment has been the most difficult as I can’t have the setting take place in a private mental hospital as the first two were. The building is the same but it has now been commandeered for a new purpose.
What question do you wish I had asked you and what is the answer to that question? Advice is always key. When I started I started blind. The one piece of advice that would have helped would have firstly been about proofreading. Readers make absolutely no allowance for the fact that you’re an Indie writer and expect the same level of editing as any professional with an army of proofers behind them. If you can afford to use a pro then use one, it will make all the difference. Secondly get a thick skin. Some people will never like what you do or how you do it. If you have 99 positive reviews and one negative, you can change the book to please the one negative review but then chances are that the 99 will no longer like it.
Dogs or Cats?
Dogs. I have a black lab called Holly.
Thanks Matt for agreeing to take the time to answer my questions. I always enjoy getting to know my fellow writers a little bit more.
About the Author: Born in Bath, England in 1974, a self-professed "funny onion", equal parts sport loving jock and comic book geek. I am a lover of horror and character driven stories. I am also an A.S sufferer who took to writing full time two years ago after being forced to give up the day job. I www.mattdrabble.com to download free short stories and the full length multi award winning novel "Abra-Cadaver" for free.
have a career high position of 5th on Amazon's Horror Author Rank of which I am immensely proud. I was also accepted as a full member of the Horror Writers Association. "GATED" is the 2015 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner. It is also a UK & US Horror Chart Top Ten Best Seller & winner of the Full Moon Awards 2014 Horror Book of the Year. "ASYLUM - 13 TALES OF TERROR" was a US Horror Chart #5. It was also voted #5 on The Horror Novel Review's Top 10 Books of 2013 & was the Readers Favorite 2014 Gold Medal Winner for Anthology Fiction. "ASYLUM II" was also a UK & US Horror/Anthology #1 and is the 2016 Readers Favorite Silver Medal winner for Anthology Fiction. "THE TRAVELLING MAN" won an Indie Book of the Day award. "ABRA-CADAVER" was a 2015 Kindle Book Review Finalist, an Indie Book of the Day winner and the 2016 Book Excellence Award Winner for Horror Fiction. Visit me at
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