Alice Knisley Matthias
SFC Education Writer
Welcome, Mayra. We are so glad you are here.
Could you tell us a little about yourself?
I started writing when I was about twelve years old and since then my life has been surrounded by books. During my teens I wrote short stories, school plays, and even tried my hand at
a novel. Later, I majored in Creative Writing in college. So yes, writing has
always been a part of my life. I’ve also had the fortune of living in various
countries, something that has influenced my writing. I’ve done teaching in the
past but now I write fulltime, except for when I do replacement teaching once
in a while. I live in Belgium with my husband, two kids and a loveable golden
Describe your desk/workspace.
I have a little office all to myself, with a big desk and bookshelves all around. I like my desk to stay tidy. I love office supplies and make sure I always have a surplus supply of them. I sit on a leather swivel chair. I keep an exercise mat nearby and sometimes take breaks to do situps or
stretching exercises. My neck and shoulders tend to get very stiff when I write.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful
illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on
by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” --George Orwell
What are you currently reading?
How My Journal Became a Bestseller, by Julia DeVillers.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
“Leap, and the net will appear.”
If you could have coffee with anyone (living or dead, real or fictional), who
would it be and why?
Fun question! I think that would have to be either Sherlock Holmes or Lestat, both fascinating characters in their own way.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I feel like eating every time I face the blank page.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I’m a fulltime writer.
What are your current marketing strategies for Frederico,the Mouse Violinist?
Besides doing this virtual book tour, doing interviews and requesting reviews from mom and kidlit bloggers, I’ve also contacted music/violin magazines and catalogs. One of my plans is to
go on another VBT later this year where all hosts will be violinists and music teachers. You have to target your niche market, right?
What would be the best way for readers to contact you?
Readers may contact me at
Where can people find your book, Frederico, the Mouse Violinist?
The book is available on Amazon, B&N, and Guardian Angel Publishing.
Link to the publisher: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/frederico.htm
You can also order the book from any brick and mortar bookstore.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I'd like to invite readers to visit my website and blogs at:
Thanks for sharing so much with us. Best of luck with your books.