Slow Down

Slow Down - Lee Matthew Goldberg

I'm not usually a fan of books where I don't particularly like the main character, but with Slow Down, I found myself rooting for the man even though he wasn't so nice. What seems, at face value, to be a pretty straight forward book about the dangers of working for a film director on the edge, becomes so much more by the end of the book.

I've read books where I simply couldn't relate to the main character but in this work, he's just not a good person, nor can I relate to what he wants out of life. However, that didn't stop me from wishing him success in his journey. So kudos to Goldberg for finding a way to make me root for an unlikable character. 

Overall it's well written and a thrilling read. But not for the faint of heart as there are some disturbing situations and scenes. 


Some Bio Information

Lee Matthew Goldberg’s debut novel SLOW DOWN (New Pulp Press) is neo-noir thriller out now. His novel THE MENTOR is forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in Fall 2016 and has been acquired by Macmillan Entertainment. His pilot JOIN US was a finalist in Script Pipeline’s 2015 TV Writing Competition. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his fiction has also appeared in The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review,Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, Orion headless, Verdad Magazine, BlazeVOX, and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Fiction Series (guerrillalit.wordpress.com). Follow him at leematthewgoldberg.com and @LeeMatthewG


Q&A

1.What inspired you to write this book?

Slow Down has had an interesting journey. I wrote a draft when I was 23 and then stuck it in a desk for 10 years before rewriting it again. New York City and its cutthroat, fast-paced nature had been a huge inspiration, as well as a line from the Coldplay song “Yellow”. 
I started thinking about a circular yellow tattoo that was becoming ubiquitous on people around the City and the rest of the story flowed from there.   

2. What does being an indie author mean to you?

Slow Down had been rejected by a lot of publishers. The overall criticism was that the characters were too unsympathetic. This made no sense to me because the book was about horrible people doing horrible things to one another. Luckily, that was exactly why its eventual publisher New Pulp Press liked it. The opportunities that Slow Down has afforded me since its release has been amazing. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press will be publishing my next novel The Mentor in 2016.  

3. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?

I teach college on Mondays, but Tuesday through Friday I write. I edit in the mornings and write after lunch until I finish for the day. I like to get a draft of about 4-5 pages done, then I’m satisfied. I’m usually working on a few projects at once as well.

4. Who is your favorite fictional character?

That’s a tough one. I tend to love books as a whole rather than a singular character. The 12-year-old me would’ve said Holden Caulfield, but the adult me finds him whiny. Probably any F. Scott Fitzgerald character would be my favorite. Charlie from the short story “Babylon Revisited” always breaks my heart. He tries so hard but he’s such a mess.

5. Describe the perfect writing environment. 

The perfect writing environment is somewhere outdoors. I have a tree in Central Park that I’m at with my laptop as long as the weather is nice. 

6. How would you describe your writing style?

I’d say edgy and very visual but not overly descriptive. I like the reader to feel like they are reading a movie. I love dialogue.

7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?

I have a ton of goals but mainly to be able to do this as a career for the rest of my life. I’ve finished a bunch of other novels and I have a ton in my head. I’m also writing a TV show about a cult so my dream is to sell it and then write the novel version as well.