The Forest of Bleeding Trees--Author Interview with Patricia Mattern herself & Reading by coauthor Marcus Mattern!
Having been granted permission to come aboard, I would like to wish a hearty ahoy to the crew and visitors of The Whimsical Herald. I’m the harbor master, Elizabeth Fortin, and I’ll be hosting a celebration voyage for your favorite Mistress of Madness, Captain P. Mattern, as she launches The Forest of Bleeding Trees with her son and coauthor, M. Mattern, horrific fun for even the most blood-thirsty pirate among you!
Vampires, werewolves, and demi-gods, oh my!
Thanks for having me sit at the Captain’s Table, P. Mattern! I have read your exciting tale and have a few questions for you, if you don’t mind enlightening us.
1. So Johnny seems pretty uncomplicated for a guy with two hot chicks after him. What do you think it is about Johnny that makes the girls fall for him?
I think Johnny’s ingenuousness is a lure, his sincerity shines through as well as his devotion to his family. Because of these qualities they tend to overlook his shortcomings, e.g., he doesn’t seem to know what birth control is. ;)
2. Johnny’s family seems very close. How important do you think this theme is to the storyline?
This theme of family loyalty is key and part of my own frame of reference. I grew up around salt of the earth, nonpretentious folks, fiercely loyal to family, neighbors and friends. Loyalty not only adds to Johnny’s appeal as a character but explains his motivations and is the source of some of his conflicts in the novel.
3. The Forest of Bleeding Trees has several subplots. Did it make the complex world building of your story more difficult to write?
I am a pantser and just the willing scribe to my muses, so characters and subplots just kind of showed up when they were supposed to. In some instances I was kept guessing how they would eventually fit into the main plotline of The Forest of Bleeding Trees.
4. The species in your story are unique, and though they share some resemblance to more traditional creatures from fiction, they have unexpected traits and traditions. How do you come up with such interesting characters?
Thank you! I harvest creatures from nightmares and daymares and strive not to be too ‘trope’. I am always second guessing by asking myself,” Am I buying this? Would a reader buy this?” Even if a creature is fantastical it has to be believable.
5. Up until the very end, the reader doesn’t know for sure what’s going to happen. Did you know when you started your story how it would end?
Nope. Actually at one point the novel had three different endings. Through working with my incredibly adept Editor at Tell-Tale Publishing E. Fortin The Forest of Bleeding Trees ended up with what I am convinced is the best “knock your socks off’ ending it could possibly have.
6. Obviously this is a horror novel. What make you want to write horror?
I am sure that some of my own life experiences have inspired me to write horror. Life is kind of like a Fun House, only its not really that fun and scary things jump out at us when we least expect it. Fear is a very powerful emotional reaction. Nothing else seems to affect us in the same heart pounding, gut wrenching way. Horror also can include humor and I find that aspect of it very entertaining.
7. Do you prefer psychological scary or gory scary? Why?
Oh wow, psychological hands down. I grew up watching and reading Alfred Hitchcock on TV and in story collections. Sometimes the most subtle nuances can deliver the best terror. I am a big chicken when it comes to gore in horror though I do appreciate it in the writings of others. And I do include it, but I will skip over it when I read it even in my own books. I peek through my fingers when I watch a horror movie!
8. Who is your favorite horror novelist, and why?
Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker are at the top of my list, I love the poetry of Poe, Daphne duMaurier includes a lot of psychological horror in her novels, Shirley Jackson rocks and Clive Barker is scary. I also enjoy many Indie authors. James Longmore is a favorite as is K.C.Harper and Jay Michael Wright II. My son and cowriter M. Mattern can write a mean horror story too.
9. What do you think every good horror novel MUST have if it’s going to be a GREAT horror novel?
Pacing, clarity and conflict are key. And if I get ‘fooled’ somehow I am delighted!
10. Do you see a sequel in the future for TFOBT?
Absolutely! The area in West Virginia where Johnny lives is honeycombed with underground abandoned mines. Below ground level a new kind of evil is brewing.
The Forest of Bleeding Trees is a horrific delight, a fast-paced ride that will leave you breathless and exhilarated until you reach the unexpected but satisfying end.
First you have the straight-shooting but heroic JOHNNY TREADWELL, a handsome young man with backwoods charm and unwavering devotion to his family. He’s also the guardian of a thousand sorrows.
Enter the mysterious, Gothic, LILI MACLUSTER, a darkly beautiful daughter of the richest though most preternatural family in town—and keeper of a thousand secrets.
In stark contrast is KATRINA MCCOY, the studding blond princess of the town’s most prominent businessman—and survivor of a thousand waking nightmares.
Together they will fight for their lives in a supernatural turf war that takes place in the superstition and ghost riddled mountains and bogs of West Virginia.
Author Reading by P. Mattern's son and coauthor, Marcus Mattern!
What an exciting story, Patricia and Marcus! And what a great reading for your mom for Mother's Day, Marcus! Thanks for joining us at the captain's table in such a unique and fun way!
I, for one, can't wait for a sequel! Let's raise a mug of TT's delicious Highland Hauntings Coffee (Whiskey and Butterscotch flavored) from our Latte Da Cafe (with a splash from my secret flask of lovely whiskey and a dollop of whipped cream added since this is a pirate ship, for the perfect Irish Coffee--though any of the readers joining us can add just a dollop of whipped cream or drink it straight up, equally delightful) to toast the launch of your new book.
Thanks for having me aboard today, Captain Mattern. I had a wonderful adventure! I'm sure your fans can't wait to get their hands on your latest release!
5/15/2017 02:49:08 am
Ahoy fellow TT authors! Great interview, trailer and reading! What a great new novel! Congrats on the new release!
5/15/2017 08:56:01 am
Thank you so much! This interview was a blast and my cowriter M.Mattern and I look forward to introducing more readers to Johnny Treadwell and The Forest of Bleeding Trees!
5/15/2017 07:31:26 am
What a great interview! Very informative. I'm currently reading this awesome book. I love it!
5/15/2017 08:57:43 am
Aw thank you so much! So happy that you are enjoying our characters! ♡
5/15/2017 07:44:53 am
LOVE this interview! The book is awesome too omg! Love, love, love it
5/15/2017 10:16:20 am
Thank you so much! We feel that The Forest of Bleeding Trees is an original and fresh take on the Supernatural and we worked hard to bring the settings and creatures and characters to life! Thank you for entering Johnny's world!
5/15/2017 09:16:45 am
Omg I love Johnny. Love this new ending. Great reading Marcus. Great interview momma fang. Love the video.
5/15/2017 10:18:08 am
I am so happy you enjoyed the interview...and my cowriter Marcus Mattern did a bang up job on the reading for sure!
5/17/2017 09:45:43 am
Great ideas of behind the scenes, can't wait to see what more is in store for this writers future.
5/17/2017 09:47:45 am
This is absolutely awesome. Love this interview!!!
5/17/2017 09:51:34 am
Wonderful interview! Love the trailer and such a great reading too!
5/17/2017 09:54:44 am
Loved the Interview and reading!!
Denise Rand Huebner
5/17/2017 09:57:12 am
Loved the interview. Marcus has an amazing voice and his reading was perfect.
5/17/2017 09:59:15 am
This is an amazing interview! I loved it, and the Forest of Bleeding Trees read by M. Mattern was awesome! Such a great voice to hear the words! 😁
5/17/2017 10:01:21 am
Omg that was an excellent interview guys and Marcus you are such an awesome reader. Loved the ending and everyone know Johnny is my best book boyfriend love him and thanks to you and your mom I do hope he has more to come .
5/17/2017 10:27:20 am
Oohhhh I loved this, Marcus you were brilliant. Johnny is my all time favourite guy and can't wait to read more from you and your awesome mom xxx
5/17/2017 10:27:41 am
Great interview and loved the reading. Look forward to more in the future. Love the book too.
5/17/2017 10:27:52 am
I'm so happy I stumbled across this!!! What an amazing video, interview, and book!!!! ❤️💜💙💛💚💖
5/17/2017 10:30:01 am
Omg! Such an amazing interview! P.Mattern and Marcus have really wrote a wonderful book! One of my absolute favorites 😊 I have this book along with all my other P. Mattern books on there own personal shelf! My favorite authors! What a beautiful Mother's Day reading, Marcus did such a great job! Loved hearing the book through his voice 😊 Hope there is more to come of Johnny and The Forest of Bleeding Trees!
5/17/2017 10:47:19 am
great video Patricia and Marcus did a wonderful job on the reading well done
5/17/2017 11:30:16 am
Loved reading this interview as this writing duo has quickly become one of my favorites. Getting a peek into their how's and whys of their storytelling techniques is quite a treat. The reading? Incredible bonus! Thank you!!
5/17/2017 11:46:11 am
This was a great interview!!! What an incredible look at this awesome video❤️❤️
5/19/2017 11:47:36 am
Thank you Amy! I loved the reading Marcus did and also The Forest of Bleeding Trees book trailer Tell-Tale Publishing made!
5/17/2017 12:13:11 pm
This book is awesome. So worth the time to read it, one of those you will want to read in one sitting. Very detailed characters and background. Great interview, and as far as the reading goes, damn Marcus, you nailed it!
5/17/2017 01:22:44 pm
What a great Reading Marcus. I really enjoyed it.
5/17/2017 06:32:42 pm
Absolutely adore this book and omg Marcus what a great reading! I could listen to you read the whole book! Love love love Johnny!
5/19/2017 11:44:19 am
Thank you so much Emery Lee! I had no idea that Marcus could read so well! Good voice performance!
5/18/2017 02:08:25 pm
Wonderful interview. Great reading. I Love the book and am hoping they do add another book, so many posibilitys❤
5/18/2017 07:51:13 pm
Love this! Keep up the great work! <3
5/18/2017 08:11:39 pm
Omg!!! This interview amazing!!! Love love love their books. Patricia is amazing.
5/19/2017 11:42:30 am
WOWZERS thank you so very much for your comments! We try our best and I am so exciting to have a 'polished' version from our wonderful publisher Tell-Tale Publishing for readers to enjoy!
5/18/2017 08:35:30 pm
This was a great interview P. Mattern! Awesome reading M.Mattern. Really great stuff! I love these books!
5/19/2017 11:40:12 am
Aw thank you so much! I thought my cowriter/youngest son did a great job of reading The Forest of Bleeding Trees too!
5/22/2017 08:38:07 pm
I enjoyed the interview and trailer and it sounds like a fun and entertaining book to read
6/5/2017 10:16:46 am
What an amazing interview!!!! The trailer is superb! I love Johnny! Cannot wait for the many amazing things these authors are going to bring us! ❤❤❤
3/10/2021 10:26:23 pm
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Lewis Carroll, in 1897, proposed this answer, "Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is 'never' put with the wrong end in front!" (raven, spelled backward, is nevar aka never...or as we like to say here at TT...never more!)