Matt Coyle (www.mattcoylebooks.com) is a San Diego thriller author whose debut novel, “Yesterday’s Echo,” was released on May 7. “Yesterday’s Echo” is about a disgraced ex-cop who is thrust back under the police and media spotlight when he tries to help a beautiful woman who has been arrested for murder. For this interview, Coyle commented on his long path to publication, “If getting a book published is considered a success, I’m a ten year overnight success.”
Coyle, who quipped that he enjoyed reading as a child, as long as it was “anything but school books,” decided he wanted to be a novelist at an early age. However, after about two months, he realized that he needed a real job. Many years later, he’s established a regimen that has him writing a few hours a day, every day. While not considering himself an “issue author,” he did say that his protagonist, Rick Cahill, “…does occasionally comment on popular culture, particularly the obsession with celebrity throughout the populace and the media.” He added, “But I don’t concentrate too much on societal ills. I prefer the internal struggle Rick has with himself. Can he redeem himself from earlier sins and if not, will he lose that internal battle?”
In many cases, authors have a single thought that triggers an entire novel and Coyle is no different. He said, “The idea came from a line that had been bumping around in my head for a long time and became the opening sentence to the book: The first time I saw her, she made me remember and she made me forget.”
That thought, according to Coyle, forced him to ask questions about his protagonist that he felt he needed to answer. Coyle said that he wanted to know, “What had happened in this guy’s life that he needed so badly to forget? What good had been in his life that he desperately wanted to remember again? And what was it about this woman that could evoke such feelings in him at one glance? Once I started to examine these questions, the back story for Rick Cahill started to fill in.”
When he meets Melody Malana, a beautiful yet secretive TV reporter, he sees a chance to love again. When she is arrested for murder and asks Rick for help, the former cop in him says no, but the rest of him says yes and he grasps at a chance for redemption.
Rick’s attempt at help turns terribly wrong, and he becomes a suspect in murder and a target of a police manhunt. On the run, Rick encounters desperate people who will kill to keep their pasts buried.
Before he can save himself and bring down a murderer, Rick must confront the truth about his own past and untangle his feelings for a woman he can never fully trust.
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Coyle enjoys meeting readers and talking about his writing process and his struggles on the way to publication. He said, “I’ve met a lot of writers over the years who have been generous with their knowledge in helping me toward the path to publication and I hope to follow in their footsteps. But beyond that, I hope the work I produce will be the most interesting or important thing about me.”
Learn more about Matt Coyle on his website at www.mattcoylebooks.com.
In addition to his columns on usedview.com, Terry Ambrose (www.terryambrose.com) also writes mysteries and suspense. In a review of his latest novel, the San Francisco Book Review said, “On all levels License to Lie justifiably earned this five star rating!”