Today we talk about The Quiet Things That Nobody Says… But Everyone Hears, a book by Matthew Doerner published with our publishing house Europe Books.
Europe Books had the pleasure of interviewing the author Matthew Doerner to get to know him better, when he found the inspiration that brought him to the writing of his book The Quiet Things That Nobody Says… But Everyone Hears, as well how his publishing experience was.
Below you can find our interview. Take a seat and enjoy your reading!!!
- What prompted you to write your book?
The inspiration for writing the book came from a close friend of my wife. I began sharing some of my work through Facebook/Instagram a few years back and he had made a comment suggesting that I write a book. Until that point, I had never even considered the idea or thought. That bug stayed in my head for another year or so before I even started fleshing out the concept for The Quite Things. Once I began the process of identifying the poems, I wanted to use it was all downhill from there. There were a few self-editing sessions prior to getting to the final draft, but in the end, I couldn’t be happier with the finished result.
- What particularly significant experiences in your life find expression in your book?
I would say one of the most significant experiences that is chronicled in the book is that of a failed relationship. In my youth I went through a bit of a loner/loser phase, this was fodder for a lot of my writing, I found solace in the words, they were comforting to me. As I grew older and began to experience life more, those very experiences were what shaped my more recent poems. The concepts of self-love, inner-child trauma, broken hearts, unrequited love, betrayal, and deception. These are the themes that show up regularly within my work, and through it all I try to paint with broad strokes so that the readers can pull their own interpretations from them. However, there are a few pieces with a more direct nature, and impossible not to see where the inspiration came from.
- What are the messages you wanted to send out to your readers?
That as hard as life may be, there is always a light to the dark. That during growth there will always be challenge. The harder the challenge/experience the more resilient you will be on the other side of it. Stop looking at external influences for validation and start looking internally for it. We are currently living in a time where people flaunt what they have as a symbol of success and all the money and influence they hold in the world is what is shaping the next generation. It is what is causing depression and anxiety within people at alarming rates. We as elders need to be able to teach the younger generations how to cope with the game of life before it ruins them. We are constantly a work in progress, but without the right tools in our toolbox we won’t be able to move very far. Overall, within the poems there is a glimpse of hope and light, a way forward.
- How was your publishing experience?
My experience so far has been great. As a new author, not knowing what to expect in the journey and process, it really was a seamless experience. Going through a full publishing house and not taking the journey through a self-publishing endeavour I feel will only contribute more to the success of the book and future books. Having a full team behind me the entire journey leaves me in a more peaceful mindset because I know that certain aspects are being handled by professionals, and that it will be fully done.
- Are you planning to write more books?
Yes. I already have the outlines for the next two books. As far as the expression for each one, they would be similar in content and concept to what The Quite Things has. Their full expression hasn’t been created just yet, but I’m certain by the end of this year I will have the next volume ready to go. I am always creating/writing new poems so there is always material at hand, it’s just a matter of putting it all together in a seamless/congruent volume that works with the overall theme and title. Nonetheless, the process of creation will be fun and challenging at the same time. There may even be a possibility of venturing into fiction, or a cookbook in the future as well, the options are endless.
Europe Books thanks the author Matthew Doerner once again for taking the time and answering our questions. We are really pleased to have walked alongside him on the editorial path that led to the publication of his book The Quiet Things That Nobody Says… But Everyone Hears. We wish him the best of luck for his book and for his future works.
To you, my dear reader, may this book provide you with food for thought and encourages you to always find the light in the darkness, not to seek recognition from others, but to seek gratification first within yourselves through commitment, passion and that pinch of resilience that help you to go forward on your journey nevertheless the challenges and the difficulties you may encounter.
So, my dear reader, all I have to say is to enjoy your reading!