Author Matt Hilton visited Milwaukee this week all the way from the UK. Being a BBC fan, listening to historicals on audio and wanting to visit Scotland (on my bucket list), I was thrilled to just listen to him talk. Yes, I’m a goner when it comes to accents (and no we don’t have accents in Wisconsin). But Matt Hilton proved he was more than a pretty voice.
BV: Matt, did you come to the US just for the book tour of Crash and Burn?
BV: What has been your favorite part of the tour?
MH: Meeting old friends and new readers.
BV: And your least favorite part?
MH: The flights. I’m a nervous flyer and it was 8 hours in the plane.
BV: Is your family with you?
MH: My wife is with me, but my son, Jordan had to stay home and work at the bookstore.
BV: You’re a former police office, so did you model your main character, Joe Hunter, on yourself?
MH: How I wished to be, but I’m too nice. Although, we do share some traits such as martial arts.
BV: The cover quote compares Joe Hunter to Jack Reacher, how do you feel about that?
MH: I’m pleased as punch. I didn’t set out to write a Jack Reacher. I was reinventing the 1970s, more like Robert Crais.
BV: Who would win in a fight…Joe Hunter or Jack Reacher?
MH: Joe Hunter, although I’d rather Joe just asked him to sit down for a cigarette and coffee.
BV: Where is Joe Hunter more popular…here or in the UK?
MH: Right now in the UK because I’m on book 7 in the series. There have only been 3 books published here.
BV: Have the books become harder to write?
MH: Easier because I feel I know what the readers want.
BV: Are the UK and US versions different?
MH: Yes, for the US the books were Americanized to make the voice more mid-Atlantic I added a prolog.
BV: What made you become a writer?
MH: I was a boxer, did martial arts and worked as a police officer. I had a family to support and bills to pay. My daughter, who was 17, was my first reader loved my book and encouraged me to keep writing. When she passed away 5 years ago, I reassessed my life concentrated on the writing.
Here’s the Drive By Video I did with Matt at the Comet Cafe.
Bottom Line: I’ve invited Matt back to the US for my Reader’s Appreciation Luncheon next year…keep your fingers crossed.