Meet Matthew Stegman, Author of If Anyone Can Hide it, it’s Me as well as Parallel Universe Me Has No Scars, both new exciting poetry collections. Released around February of 2020.
-Now, Matthew, I understand your books are self-published. Tell us more about yourself and your books.
Both of my collections are extremely personal. They revolve around with my experiences in dealing with toxicity in myself and others. As well as dealing with my own trauma, depression, and growth. They include poetry, prose, and short monologues from either me or non-existent characters. I am 26, working in retail, and give myself made up titles like: The Altrustic Hedonist, The Uneducated Prick, The Master of Mediocre Advice, and The King of Discount Therapy.
-What inspired you to write these books?
If I could sum it up I guess I would say stagnancy and my inability to let things go. Sometimes I need to write things down. These collections are the results.
-I share the same disease lol! What was the main challenge you faced when creating your book?
Discipline. You have to want it. It’s incredibly easy to fall into stimulating distractions. Why come home from work and write when you could watch Netflix or go have a drink? I had so much pent up I needed to get out. Instead of distracting myself I forced myself to really want it. To really finish.
-I completely agree, same happened with me! How do you stand out from your competition?
I see a lot of poetry that seems forced. A lot of writing that either has a poor direction or execution and a bunch of flowery overused words or it’s simply four lines on a page that mean nothing. I feel like my work says a lot. You just have to work the gears in your head a little harder to understand. However, that could just be my ego talking. Maybe I’m not turning the gears hard enough to understand the four or five lines they wrote? Maybe I’m being too critical. A bad habit I’ve always had.
-Are you a huge reader yourself? And what do you usually read? Any favorites?
I’d like to say yes. However, I have a huge bookshelf full of half-read books. I love reading, but I tend to always get distracted or start something new before finishing. A trait shared with my writing. If I could pick a few favorites they would probably be Tom Robbins, Sam Pink, and Rob Roberge.
-Cool collection! Tell us, what is your next step as an author?
Well I’ve self-published two collections. Any writer just has to keep writing. I’m currently working on a chapbook titled Gator Heads & Wind Chimes. Another book of mostly essays titled Nice Hat! And a novel about self-destruction without redemption titled Sam. When they’ll manifest, who knows?
-Very Interesting! Do you have any tips or advice for other aspiring indie authors?
Any tips? Avoid the TV. Sit in silence. Without stimuli the brain can create it’s own. If you have no muse, surely it already exists inside of you. Also have a drink and relax. You’re all too hard on yourselves.
-Actually I find TV to be somewhat a crucial element in manufacturing inspiration, but I guess people are different! Is there anything else you would like to add?
Sure! It’s hard to exist in this world. Writers are usually critical thinkers who have too much on their plate. Writing it all out is kind of like scrapping it off on the floor for the dog to eat. Be kind to yourself and others.
That’s awesome, thank you Matthew, for those great insights! We all wish you the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing your next piece of work.
If Anyone Can Hide it, it’s Me & Parallel Universe Me Has No Scars are available now on Amazon both at only $13.99, check them out: