Matt Ferraz reveals Murder for Reel and A Convenient Cadaver
A warm Escape with a Writer welcome to author Matt Ferraz!!
I live in Contagem, an industrial town in Central Brazil, where I've spent most of my life. Besides my books, I make an income by teaching writing online in several online schools. I've also funded a project in Uganda, in which I teach writing online for free to the Batwa tribe.
Yes, I'm working on a book that takes place during the pandemic. My main character is a once-famous Hollywood star who's cloistered in her house, unable to go out and... well, you'll have to wait and see!
When I submitted the manuscript of my cozy mystery Murder for Reel, the publisher asked me to make better use of the novel's setting: a small American town in the 1950s. So I decided to watch a lot of movies that took place in that era. I also did a lot of research about the slang and clothes people used at that time. Watching movies gives you a great visual basis for that kind of thing, more than books and newspaper articles ever could.
When I was nine years old, my teacher gave me a copy of Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie. It was my point of no return. From there on, I knew I wanted to write that kind of book for a living. I'm such a geek that I even have a tattoo of Hercule Poirot on my right forearm! I'm also a big fan of Stephen King, Raymond Chandler, and Robert Louis Stevenson, to name a few.
My mother always encouraged me. When I was eight, she gave me a typewriter and would read everything I wrote. Once I wrote an incredibly gruesome horror story, which almost made her faint. But that didn't keep her from giving me useful critiques. She's an amazing person, and I could never do this without her support.