It’s Meet the Author Monday! Each week we meet a new author and get to know a little about them, their writing process, publishing experience, and tips for other writers. Today we’re talking to Matilda Swinney, author of The Texts Before We Met and The Girl Who Jumped (coming soon!).
About Matilda Swinney:
Matilda Swinney is one of Medium’s Top Writers in Relationships, Mental Health, Life Lessons and This Happened To Me. She has received over 1 million views since joining Medium in December 2019. She is the author of the novelette, The Texts Before We Met and the novel, The Girl Who Jumped. She is also a sticker book enthusiast and the proud mother of two baby daughters.
About The Text Before We Met:
The prequel to The Girl Who Jumped will make you swoon, laugh, cry and beg for more. This is an epistolary novelette created from the real-life text messages of the unforgettable love story of The Girl Who Jumped.
Follow the real-life text messages between Tilly and her mystery guy as she begins the scariest adventure of her life. Should she listen to her head, her heart or the butterflies dancing in her stomach? In the prequel to The Girl Who Jumped Tilly comes to terms with her own desires, watches out for red flags and ultimately makes the biggest decision of her life.
Would you follow your desires even if they put your life in danger?
Prepare to ride the tension and excitement of The Texts Before You Met, an epistolary novelette, the prequel of a captivating series about love, Jimmy Choos and the power of the universe.
Author Interview with Matilda Swinney:
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- What is the first book that made you cry?
To Kill a Mockingbird. I sobbed. I’ve cried at a lot of books but that was the first one I remember that made me sob. I loved Scout so much.
- Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It depends. Some days it’s such a struggle to write anything. It feels like I’m typing through a thick fog. Other days, I’m flying and I feel so energised and alive. The secret is to keep going to matter what.
- What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Getting started. That was my biggest hurdle. But, literally all you have to do is write 30 minutes a day, no matter what, every day.
- Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
All my books are linked. Right now, The Texts Before We Met is out on Amazon. That’s the prequel to the first book in the series, The Girl Who Jumped, which will be out January 14 2022. There will be two more books in the series out in 2022 and 2023. There’s even a stand-alone book (out in 2024) that’s linked too because all my novels are based on true stories from my life.
- What is the best part of your day?
The best part of my day is playing with my two baby daughters. They make me laugh so much and I love their made up language. Unicorns are camels, Duplo (lego) is buco and butterflies are potty pies.
- Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
I’m a terrible singer, like really terrible. I put a lot of effort into Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and it still doesn’t sound right.
- If you could only have one season, what would it be?
Summer, but only when I live at the beach. There’s nothing better than a deserted white sandy beach, blue sky and turquoise waters. Soaking up the heat and swimming in the ocean is the best feeling ever.
- What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?
My favorite spot in the UK is a rooftop bar in London. Looking down at the twinkling lights below and feeling on top of the world is so special. One specific bar is where I fell in love with the man of my dreams (and who my books are all about!)