Thursday, May 3, 2018

Q&A with Matt Dallmann

About the Author

Matt Dallmann has a background in acting and holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College
in New York City. His films and screenplays have been featured at film festivals across the United States including Cinequest, Big Apple Film Festival, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, DragonCon and Zero Independent Film Festival. His piano compositions have been published for commercial use and he is a member of ASCAP. Matt is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the boutique medical billing firm VGA Billing Services, Inc. in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

When did you decide to start writing stories?
I developed the itch for writing way back in elementary school. We went on a field trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo, and were tasked to write an article about something interesting we encountered there. At the time, this was decades ago, the primates had a TV/entertainment box that allowed them to change channels and watch whatever was programmed—I’m sure it was something like Planet of the Apes J I thought this was cool, so I wrote an article about it. The head of this writing project liked the article so much, that he sent me a separate private letter encouraging my writing. I’ve strayed quite a bit since then, but eventually found my way back to the pen and paper.

Why fantasy versus the other genres? If not fantasy, what genre would you place Tribal Affairs under?
I’ve always liked fantasy. I feel that it has a certain “wow” factor that really lets you escape from reality. I think the only other genre that fits Tribal Affairs would be action/adventure.

Who is your favorite character in Tribal Affairs and why?
I like Liana the best. With a famous lineage and special power that she doesn’t know about, she reminds me of a young Luke Skywalker.

What are your plans for the next writing project?
I would like to do a sequel to this book. My plan was to continue this story line as an allegory for tribalism in the Middle East, or anywhere for that matter, and how its power can overcome even the most logical thinkers. (Or something completely different- like a dark psychological thriller or historical fiction.)

What question do you wish I had asked you and what is the answer to that question?
With over 4,000 books being published or self-published every day, why keep writing? - Well, for me it’s an escape from corporate America and the daily grind. I also love putting a story together. It’s sort of like playing Tetris; finding all the pieces and putting them in the right places.

Dogs or Cats? 
I’m one of those sad people that is allergic to pets. But I guess if I had to choose, I would pick a weiner dog.

Where can your readers find you on social media?
Social media makes me nervous, but readers can find me on:

Tribal Affairs
By Matt Dallmann
Genre: YA Fantasy 
Dahlia, a centuries old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.

The author is hosting a Goodreads Giveaway (50 kindle copies) from 5/3 to 5/31! Enter here:

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