I'm thrilled to welcome one of Hope Tours charter sponsors, Naty Matos, to help celebrate the release of her debut novel.
How did the story for The Road Home come about?
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I wrote the first draft of The Road Home in November 2009. I had decided to join NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for the first time. I was going through some personal challenges at the time and this novel was the escape that got me through it. I had just renewed my commitment with Christ a few months before and decided to write from the perspective of those who didn’t know the faith and the joy of embracing it. But the story is so much more than someone finding faith.
Tell us about the book.
At this time in your life, what is your greatest hearts' desire?
That my books provide my readers with an experience beyond the pleasure of entertainment but a spiritual experience that makes a difference in their life. I also would like to be able to get to the point where I can be a full time writer.
What does "a day in the life of Naty" look like these days?
I usually wake up at 5:45 am, spend some time with the Lord and then off I go. I walk my dog, fight Atlanta traffic, and go to my job with a healthcare company until 3pm. My afternoons are different depending on the day. Some days I have ministry responsibilities, other days I go workout. Then it’s time to sit with my laptop and write. Some days I’m working on my blog, other days on my other WIP’s. After a few hours of that, I jump on Facebook and open tweetdeck to start working on marketing and social media. Around 11pm I shut down everything, I read the bible, journal my day and fall asleep to start it all again next morning.
Your first book, Growth Lessons, was nonfiction. Now that The Road Home is written, which do you like writing better - fiction or nonfiction? Do you find one easier than the other?
I enjoy writing fiction better. I have a great imagination. Even in normal conversations I usually speak with metaphors so I think fiction helps me express myself better. I’m able to show the message instead of explaining it.
That said, I’m not giving up on nonfiction. There are at least a few other ideas I have for nonfiction books, but for a little while you will see more novels coming out from me.
Don't shoot - because I know you're just now releasing this book, but are you already working on your next one? Can you tell us anything about it?
No shooting necessary, the reality is that there are two other books in the works. One that I will definitely try to release by the holidays, it’s titled Love Lost on Christmas Day. This book is a romance that talks about taking God’s gifts for granted.
The next one, which for now it’s titled A Perfect Little Life (but that may change), is another romance, but it deals with issues like pride, living off appearances and living on our own terms instead of God’s terms.
Thanks so much for joining us today, Naty! May God guide you on your writing journey!
About the Author:
Naty Matos was born in the city of New York. She grew up in the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico and now lives in the city of Atlanta. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Minor in Mass Media Communications and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Naty writes Christian fiction and non-fiction. She maintains a blog on Christian Living Topics at The Rising Muse.