Daily Archives: December 6, 2013

Matt Hilton reviews his 2013.

Today, we have Matt Hilton on the blog. He’s taking us through his ups and downs of 2013.
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Matt Hilton
2013 has been an interesting year for you. Do you have a favourite memory professionally?
I’ve a few for this year. I’ve had a couple of books published in my Joe Hunter series and had the pleasure of meeting readers and fellow authors at some of the events I’ve attended. Seeing my first novel go to number 6 in the Kindle charts after five and a half years was a particularly happy time. I hope it helped introduce my writing to many new readers who will now follow the series. Fingers crossed. Attending Bouchercon in Albany turned out to be a really good time, where I met old friends and new and had a great time chewing the fat with like-minded pals. I’m also thrilled to have been a part of the first Iceland Noir book fest.  The organisers have been very friendly, open and accommodating, and I think it will be a must-do event for many crime and thriller authors in the future. http://www.icelandnoir.com
And how about a favourite moment from 2013 generally?
Without sounding like a miserable so-and-so, I don’t get excited by pageantry and stuff – being up North we don’t get to join in with a lot of what the southern UK enjoyed (Royal Baby etc), and it’s the small things that make me happy and smile. Favourite moments for me have all been with friends and family, and it’s hard to pinpoint any single event, but there have been loads.
Favourite book in 2013?
I’ve read loads of good books, but have recently ‘discovered’ James Lee Burke and am reading ‘The Neon Rain‘ at the moment. I’ve a feeling it might end up my book of the year. 
Favourite film of 2013?
Avengers Assemble‘ – it has been out a while now, but this year I’ve probably watched it about ten times. Love that line of the Hulk’s “Puny God!’ Makes me laugh maniacally every time.
Favourite song of the year?
I’m a little old-fashioned in my musical tastes and tend to listen to classic rock’n’roll, rockabilly, and swing, and in the last year the song I’ve probably listened to most is called ‘The Way I Walk’ by Hot Rod 57. It’s a cover of an old track originally recorded by Jack Scott. http://www.hotrod57.co.uk
Any downsides for you in 2013?
We had a house fire at the end of 2012 and were still rebuilding well into March so it put a spanner in both my personal and business lives. It kind of spoils the flow of your writing when you have to sort out recalcitrant builders and problems with ill-fitting white goods. We went away on a cheap cruise of the Canary Islands to ‘get away from it all’ for a while and there was a terrible accident on-board the ship where five crewmen were killed and others injured. It kind of put a downer on things – but I couldn’t complain, not when considering what the families of those poor men was going through.
Are you making resolutions for 2014?
Only to give my writing a kick up the backside – I’ve not been as prodigious with my output this year and want to get back to my usual work schedule.
What are you hoping for from 2014?
I’ve a new Joe hunter book – ‘The Lawless Kind‘ – coming out at the end of January. Hopefully it will be the one that establishes my writing career for years to come. I’ve worked extremely hard at establishing myself, but am still not mainstream and would like to gain some sort of stability there. I know every other writer probably thinks the same, but that’s my wish. 
If Santa was to bring you any one thing you wanted on Xmas morning, what would it be? 

My tastes are simple and I’m not one to long for things. I’ve kind of got what I want. Books. I’m always happy to receive books. But if anyone would like to send Santa a request on my behalf, tell him I’m after a recordable FLIR camera or full spectrum camera. There’s a story behind both, but it’s regarding another venture I’m trying to set up at the moment.


Matt Hilton quit his career as a police officer with Cumbria Constabulary to pursue his love of writing cinematic American-style thrillers. He is the author of the Joe Hunter thriller series, including his most recent novel ‘Rules of Honour’, published in February 2013 by Hodder and Stoughton. His first book, ‘Dead Men’s Dust‘, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers’ Debut Book of 2009 Award, and was a Sunday Times bestseller, also being named as a ‘thriller of the year 2009’ by The Daily Telegraph. Recently DMD attained the number 6 bestseller position at Amazon.co.uk. The Joe Hunter series is widely published by Hodder and Stoughton in UK territories, and by William Morrow and Company in the USA. They have also been translated into German, Italian, Romanian and Bulgarian.


Matt is a high-ranking martial artist and has been a detective and private security specialist, all of which lend an authenticity to the action scenes in his books.