THE DISTRICT MANAGER
Genre: Political Suspense
Publisher: Dead Tree
Date of Publication: June 30, 2016
Number of Pages: 266
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“Doing the right thing means you don’t eat”
So begins the sweltering narrative of District Manager, Mason Dixon, a haunted man serving Texas House District 100. After a constituent reaches out to his office with disturbing information about twisted activities going on in district, Mason finds himself drawn into a game of cat and mouse with a malevolent entity.
While these events unfold, Mason begins dating a county judge’s assistant. Brenna is a single mother who is ready to start the next chapter of her life. Can she and the stoical Mason connect? Or will she become collateral damage to his unorthodox, occupational hazards?
Mason soon finds that the danger has reached the highest ranks of the district, and that the century-old structure where he offices is not haunted, but instead possessed by an all too real menace.
Can a man who is profoundly broken restore order when the very core of order itself has been corrupted?
“Matt Minor knows Texas politics from the inside, and he weaves a devious tale of deceit and death and even a little romance. Buckle your seat belt and hang on for the ride.” — Bill Crider
How has being a Texan influenced your writing?
It has influenced me as I imagine being French or Russian would influence one. Where we are from shapes us like it or not. You cannot escape it. And if you try to it screws you up.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
People have no idea what’s happening right under their noses. I write the suspense angle so as to shed some light on things. I always throw in a romance because love is the only thing worth anything.
What do you think most characterizes your writing?
Love and grit.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Moving in and out of the psychology of the narrator, Mason Dixon. He is a good guy but he’s disturbed and in a lot of pain.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Developing the soundtrack.
Are there under-represented groups or ideas featured in your book?
Prisoners; potheads; civil servants; animal lovers; musical acts that never got their due.
Who are some of your favorite authors you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?
Graham Greene; Walker Percy; Tolstoy; D.H. Lawrence; Larry McMurtry
They each have shaped every aspect of my writing in their own way.
What literary character is most like you?
What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?
1. Expressing my inner conflicts. 2. Expressing my inner conflicts.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer?
There is no such thing as a part-time writer.
What are some day jobs that you have held? Did any impact your writing?
I worked as a house painter to help pay for school. That was wild. That experience shaped the first novel I ever wrote. I now work in government. It gives me an informed and insider perspective on the how things actually work. Scary.
What do you like to read in your free time?
Literary criticism and poetry, and a novel here and there.
What projects are you working on at the present?
A novel and a book of poems.
What book do you wish you could have written?
Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
So many really…some not mentioned above would be…Mary Shelley; Robert Penn Warren; Toni Morrison; James Dickey; Thomas Hardy…
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
Names are their own beast. Some are thought out and others I just toss in while typing. My only suggestion is make your main characters have memorable names.
Do you use the literary device of motif in your novels?
Yes. In The Representative the motif is Shelleyian via water. In The District Manager it is canines.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
If you were a superhero, what would your name be? What costume would you wear?
No clue, but if I were invisible I wouldn’t need a costume.
Matt has authored official state publications, oversees syndicated editorials, and is a speechwriter and district radio legislative commentator. Prior to his life in state politics Matt was a professional musician and entertainer. Matt’s hobbies are centered on the arts, including the craft of poetry, an interest that has brought academic recognition and numerous awards.
His first novel, The Representative was an Amazon Political Fiction Bestseller the summer of 2015. It was accepted and archived into the Texas State Legislative Library. In April of 2016 The Representative won an IPPY Gold medal for Southern-Region Fiction.
Matt Minor resides with his wife Stacy on their ranch property in Wharton County, Texas. He lives in Austin during legislative session.
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