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Sweet Success for Matt Bille

Congratulations to Matt Bille! His new book, OF BOOKS AND BEASTS: A CRYPTOZOOLOGIST’S LIBRARY, releases on all platforms December 2021. This book is for all those involved with or curious about cryptozoology, the study of hidden animals. OF BOOKS AND BEASTS offers 380 reviews of books from 1930 to 2021 providing useful information on cryptozoology-related sciences such as biology and cryptozoological fiction.

Of Books and Beasts, by: Matt Bille

ABOUT THE BOOK

OF BOOKS AND BEASTS: A CRYPTOZOOLOGIST’S LIBRARY (Hangar1 Publishing, December 2021) collects reviews culled from the author’s 45 years of reading and writing about cryptozoology. The most reliable information about this controversial field is largely held in books, but OF BOOKS AND BEASTS is the first-ever guide readers to help readers to the books they want. In addition to cryptozoology books, there is a guide to authoritative yet accessible works on sciences like anthropology and ecology a cryptozoologist needs to know. Finally, there’s a sample of the most intriguing or influential novels about cryptozoology. Your search for real unknown animals starts here! Copies available from all booksellers in all formats December 1 or direct from the publisher.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matt Bille is a writer, naturalist, historian, and nerd living in Colorado Springs. Has been writing since he was 16 when he sold a little humor piece to a TV guide, then went on to publish his first book in 1996. Matt has been with PPW since the 1990s. He’s written two books on zoology, two novels, and one NASA-published history. He’s published 20+ papers and articles on everything from Martian soil to the prehistoric armored fish Dunkleosteus. He also shows up at cons dressed as wizard Harry Dresden. Visit him at www.mattbille.com or follow him on Twitter and Facebook.


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Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
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Meet the Member – Matt Bille

Today, Kathie Scrimgeour (aka KJ Scrim), Meet the Member and Sweet Success editor, shares her recent interview with member Matt Bille.  We’re pleased to share successes and highlight our diverse membership.  Kathie can be reached at sweetsuccess@pikespeakwriters.com.


 

KJ Scrim: You newest book, Raven’s Quest was just released in December 2017. How does it feel to see a project come to fruition?

Matt Bille: This always feels great to a writer because it means you can start the next project or turn full attention to one you’ve left in limbo.  I and my wife/coauthor Deb tried to bring back C.S. Lewis-style fantasy adventure with an underlying Christian/family theme, and I think we nailed it. Readers will let us know.

KJ Scrim: You write both fiction as well as non-fiction. In your creative process, how are they different? Similar?

Matt Bille: That’s an interesting question because I write science and history, both of which require that you research from the origins of idea on through the latest developments or, in the case of space history, the most recent declassifications of documents that may have lain in government vaults for decades.  With nonfiction, I’ll craft each chapter as a go along, with all documented information included or reference.  With fiction, I do some research at the start to know what’s possible, but then what matters is getting a whole, coherent story down. If I need to know what brand of snowmobile is most popular around Lake Iliamna, I don’t need that right now, I can use a generic name and fill it in later.

Characters are different because you have to invent them instead of borrowing them from history, but there’s still an overlap.  The antagonist in Apex borrows a lot from wealthy adventurer Steve Fossett, only with no ethics.

KJ Scrim: You have been a former Air Force Titan II ICBM commander, an extra in the film 1941, along with many other endeavors. How have these influenced your writing? (feel free to use any other examples).

Matt Bille: Everything in life helps you write. My most acclaimed nonfiction, The First Space Race, wouldn’t have been possible without the time in the Air Force. I’ve always been a space geek, but Titan training included learning, in painstaking detail, all the components of a rocket and its support infrastructure.  When it was time to write the history of the first satellites, I could look at a diagram of an old rocket and explain its features to non-engineers like myself. A film or TV extra doesn’t learn much about the production process, but it does teach you to think of the whole scene, the way the director must, and not just the actors in the foreground.

KJ Scrim: Do you have any “self-help for writers” books that you use regularly? How do they help? Please share your list of your top 2 or 3.

Matt Bille: For novelists, find an old one called How to Write Best-Selling Fiction by Dean Koontz. The industry has changed, but the principles haven’t.  Maas’ The Fire in Fiction is the best of his many books, or so it seems to me. If you are not by nature a strict grammarian, you need Elements of Style.  You can break grammatical rules in fiction, but you must know what they are. King’s On Writing is valuable for King’s discussions of how to focus on the basics of your story and minimize the “fluff.”


Matt Bille has been writing since he was 16 when he sold a little humor piece to his local newspaper, then went on to publish his first book, Rumors of Exsitence,  in 1996. Matt has been with PPW since the 90’s and has only missed two conferences since he became a member. He had his great moment in nonfiction, when he offered Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson a copy of The First Space Race at a symposium and Tyson replied, “I have that.”

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Sweet Success: Matt & Deb Bille Release Raven’s Quest

Thank you to contributing editor, Kathie Scrimgeour (aka KJ Scrim), for ensuring that you, our members, are informed of the accomplishments of fellow PPW members. Kathie can be found of facebook or you can email her.  If you have a success of your own to share, let us know here.


Congratulations to Matt and Deb Bille on the release of their ebook, Raven’s Quest, by Clean Reads. The release of this YA fantasy ebook will be followed in early 2018 with a hard copy and soft copy (291 pages) and is available on Amazon.

In a world where the raven-riding warriors are the sole advantage protecting the city of Haven from barbarians, raven-keeper Lark Ravenlord must break the strictest laws of city and church to survive. Alone in the vast Winterland with a stolen raven, she learns of a new threat that forces her to make the hardest choice of all: whether to risk her life to save her enemies.   

 


Matt Bille is a writer living in Colorado Springs.  He is an Air Force veteran whose experiences include flying NASA’s SpaceShuttle simulator and appearing in the Spielberg film 1941. He covers science at Matt’s Sci/Tech blog. He wrote two books on the world’s least-known animals plus The First Space Race, a groundbreaking account of the early Space Age. His first novel, The Dolmen (2014), received great reviews and the next, Apex Predator, is awaiting the right publisher. Deb Bille is also former Air Force and is a nurse/attorney for an insurance firm.  Raven’s Quest is her first book.

Readers can catch up to Matt and Deb via email www.mattwriter.com   or their website MattBille@gmail.com or blog at http://mattbille.blogspot.com

 

 

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