All Indie Magazine: Your first book is called “Let’s Fly” it was released in 2011. It was a cleaver book about the history of flight and basic concepts of flying, in fact, you go into the magic of flying and how it’s possible for a machine that literally weights hundreds of tons. What motivated you to write this book?
Matthew: Lets Fly was motivated by my own love for flying and I had gone through hell to just get my first experience in the cockpit and had realised that flight instructors don’t always give you helpful tips so I wanted to write a book to further educate my fellow aspiring pilots.
All Indie Magazine: Your second book was released just last year, entitled “Go For It”. In this book, you venture into the world of entrepreneurship. What drove you to going from a book on the mechanics of flight to writing a book about being your own boss?
Matthew: With Go For It I really hadn’t planned to write this book but my then manager (Simon Phetter) said to me I should write to keep my skills current and I began jotting points down and my mum being a business woman and with my business experience I was able to put something together. Im glad some young entrepreneurs are educated by it.
All Indie Magazine: What author did you look up to during your youth?
Matthew: Sir Alan Sugar was someone I looked up so much as his books where educational but very entertaining ‘What you see is what you get’ was my favorite book from him.
All Indie Magazine: What authors do you like to read now?
Matthew: I read a bit of JK Rowling, I also tend to read a lot of books by indie authors with the hope of turning their fiction books into films.
All Indie Magazine: Do you currently have a new book in the works? If so, when can people expect it to come out and where can they find it?
Matthew: No nothing in the works, my typewriter is safely stowed away in the shed waiting for a inspirational day. Im hoping to write my first fictional book soon, I’d say next year.
All Indie Magazine: Also in 2013, you took “Let’s Fly” and turned it into a documentary, which you produced yourself. How was this experience for you and do you have any desire to produce and direct in the coming future?
Matthew: Yes I did that was exciting, yes I have a few projects in the pipeline and I’m hoping to get those on the way this year. I don’t hold any particular desire to direct as yet, but give me a producing role any day. I'll take it.
All Indie Magazine: In your experience, which do you prefer? Being a writer or producing?
Matthew: I prefer being a writer, as you can create something out of nothing, you brainstorm the initial idea of a film or project and the producer essentially puts it into action, I still love producing none the less.
All Indie Magazine: What do you consider the most challenging and most rewarding, writing or directing and why?
Matthew: I personally think directing is very challenging; directors have to motivate actors and have to also hold the storyline strong. When a movie does well the director is often instrumental into making it happen.
All Indie Magazine: What director did you look up to during your youth and who is your favorite director today?
Matthew: I looked up to Ridley Scott and my favorite director is Richard Curtis – He hasn’t directed a lot of pieces but the few that he has done have been great masterpieces.
All Indie Magazine: If you were to produce any film and money was no object, which film would you produce and who would you cast in your film?
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