We love any opportunity to get to know our favorite authors better. So a lightning round of questions sounds like a good place to start. Here, we ask five quick questions (with one wildcard) about books, genres, reading preferences, writing style, and their secret to success.
Matthew Quick’s books are a hit with readers and critics alike. The author of The Silver Linings Playbook (adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper) tackles tough subjects like mental illness, mass shootings, and loss — but his books are ultimately about human decency, kindness, and the power of people helping each other. In his latest novel, We Are the Light, Quick once again proves he’s uniquely adept at writing quirky, traumatized characters supported by strong communities.
Here, Quick shares his favorite books right now, how his writing motto has evolved, and the author he’s dying to ask about cats.
1. What are your all-time favorite books?
2. What’s your favorite genre to read?
Matthew Quick: First-person voice-driven character studies.
3. Which do you prefer: ebook or audiobook?
Matthew Quick: Hard-copy real books for me please. I will listen to audiobooks. I don’t think I’ve ever read an entire ebook in my life.
4. What’s your writing routine or process?
Matthew Quick: Lately, it’s been years of failure followed by a few glorious months of success. LOL. I try to work on some aspect of my career every day. I’m a voice-driven writer, so I’m always listening for the next voice. When it finally arrives, I just get out of the way and let it talk.
5. How much of your writing success is due to hard work, talent, or luck?
Matthew Quick: My motto as a young writer was this: You can outwork talent. I’ve since learned that’s not always true. But it kept me working hard enough for luck to find me. Hard work is the only part of that trinity that’s within our control, so maybe it’s best to focus on it.