Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Interview with Stan Matthews, author of The Last County Fair

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Inside the Book:
The Last County Fair

Title: The Last County Fair 
Author: Stan Matthews 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Genre: Mystery/Detective 
Format: Ebook/Paperback

It is 1967 when a feud begins that could lead to the death of the one-hundred-year-old Chesterton county fair. When veteran reporter Art James is sent to investigate, he immediately delves into a case that will take him six days and hopefully provide him with a much-coveted feature story byline. Bob soon learns that the county is interested in selling the fairgrounds and that there are as many proponents as opponents to the sale. As Art interviews fairgoers, volunteers, and leaders, he unearths a conspiracy to hide the truth from the public until an agreement can be arranged between the county and a trucking firm. While Art's feature articles win him welcome bylines, he becomes even more determined to stop the sham, before it is too late. To complicate matters even further, Art becomes smitten with fair volunteer, Jenny Glen. As the last night of the fair arrives, the future is decided-not just for the fair, but for Art and Jenny as well. In this compelling story, an investigative reporter on a quest to uncover the truth about the demise of a county fair finds love while uncovering a conspiracy led by greed and deception.

How did you come up with the title of your book?

I was personally acquainted with a multitude of participants in a county fair, which I toured in depth. When the fair ceased to be an annual event I questioned the multiple circumstances which caused it to disappear.

What is your writing environment like?

I have a large room that I call my studio. It is quiet and always available to me alone. My computer is available for research, and my Oxford dictionary and thesaurus are close at hand. I do not keep a phone in the studio. I begin work every day, all day, at six a.m.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

An education in writing is a necessity when it is accompanied by good text books. Courses are available on the internet. . 

What inspires you to write?

I live in a world deluged with inspirational sources. I write because I want to be an inspiration to my readers. Understanding the truth about the forces that inspire or demean human life is essential.

Did you learn anything while writing this book?

 I learned how the most mundane workday experiences may be used to dramatize the cause of human conflicts.

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

I am stubborn. I stick to it until the final period is in place. I may have edited and rewritten a dozen times but I stick to it.

Meet the Author:
Stan Matthews is a veteran investigative reporter who has visited scores of county, state, national, and provincial fairs in England, Canada, and America. He has written and produced films about fairs and is the author of several other books. Stan lives in Florida with his wife, Mary Jane.    

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