Interview with Matthew Reilly

Hi everyone!  I hope your weekend was either extremely relaxing or highly productive =)

There is a TV show entitled The Bottom Line, which is a co-production between CPA Australia and evolution media group.  Every week for eight weeks, CPA Australia Chief Executive Alex Malley interviews highly recognised people about their lives, how they reached their current visibility, and what lessons they have learned along the way.  The lessons apply to not just qualified accountants, but everyone.

The current season’s first (aired) episode was with former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting, which I unfortunately missed.  But thanks to the Internet, both the video and transcript of every interview is available.

This weekend, however, was a treat for me as both a qualified accountant and an aspiring author.  Alex interviewed the amazing Matthew Reilly, Australian author extraordinare.  Below is a transcript of the introduction:

“Alex Malley talks with best-selling Australian author Matthew Reilly about what it takes to make it in the literary world. When Matthew was just 19 he took the bold step of self-publishing his first action thriller novel, Contest, after having it rejected by all the major publishing houses. Despite the knock backs he never stopped believing in himself. Contest was eventually picked up by publishing house Pan Macmillan and he has since sold over 4 million copies of his books worldwide. Despite extreme professional success, Matthew has endured great loss – suddenly losing his wife and childhood sweetheart to a long battle with anorexia and depression in late 2011.

Matthew retreated into a private space to deal with the grief. He has only recently emerged and returned to the world of writing, publishing his latest book, and the first since his wife’s passing, The Tournament.”

Backing yourself at 19 is an incredibly gutsy thing, with Matthew going so far as creating his won publishing company to make his original edition of ‘Contest’ look professional.  His original aim as an author was rather humble:

“…I’m living the dream… I wanted to earn about 40 or 50 grand a year from writing books.  That meant that I could get up in the morning when I wanted to, I could read when I wanted to, I could do research when I wanted to.”

Don’t we all, Matthew? I think the second sentence is aim #2 of every working person around the world, with #1 being winning millions in the Lottery =)

Here are links to the video interview with Matthew and its transcript.  For aspiring authors, it is a fantastic half hour video.  Be sure to check it out, as well as previous seasons interviews with other amazing and inspiring individuals.

The number one lesson for authors:  Only one publisher has to yes.  From there, you’re on your way to getting noticed.  Perseverance is key =)


2 responses

  1. Jeez. Losing your spouse in any fashion is a terrible thought, but losing her to depression and mental illness:/ Good to hear he’s back on his feet.

    1. Yeah, it’s not flash =(
      But, as Matthew said, keep fighting even if you know you can’t win. It’s the only way to have a clear conscience if your loved one succumbs =(

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