Author Spotlight/Interview: Eric Matheny

Posted January 15, 2016 by girlswit in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Giveaway, Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Eric Matheny was born in Los Angeles, California, where he lived until he went away to college at Arizona State University. At ASU he was president of Theta Chi Fraternity. He graduated with a degree in political science and moved to Miami, Florida, to attend law school at St. Thomas University. During his third year of law school, he interned for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, where he worked as a prosecutor upon graduation. In 2009, he went into private practice as a criminal defense attorney. He is a solo practitioner representing clients in Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Broward County, Florida. He has handled everything from DUI to murder. 

In his free time, Eric enjoys writing crime fiction, drawing from his experience working in the legal system. He published his debut novel Home in 2004, which centers around a successful drug dealer catering to the rich in Orange County. His second novel Lockdown, published in 2005, follows a law student trying to prove that an inmate serving a life sentence in one of California’s toughest prisons might actually be innocent. Eric will be releasing his latest novel The Victim, a fast-paced legal thriller, in August 2015. 

Eric lives outside of Fort Lauderdale with his wife and two young sons.

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Interview with Eric

Do you have a favorite place to write? 

I like to write in my office.  If I get an idea when I’m not there I will use my smartphone or write it longhand on a scrap of paper.

What’s a typical working day like for you? Do you set a daily writing goal?

When I’m working on something I try to reach 2000 words a day.

What kind of research did you do for The Victim? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled for research?

Most of the book came from my knowledge and experience as a former fraternity president, former prosecutor, and criminal defense attorney.  I did a tremendous amount of research on wilderness therapy programs, though.  The weirdest thing I’ve Googled is “what is the street value of 400 kilos of cocaine?”

How did you come up with the character, Anton? 

Somewhat autobiographical.  But he is a young lawyer who is often guided by emotion over logic.  He’s like me had I not matured past 22.
Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write and read everything you can.  You must develop your craft and be at your finest before you submit.  The marketplace has never been more saturated with writers.

If you could work with any author who would it be? 

John Grisham.  

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

I Can’t Believe I Ate The Whole Thing.

What are you working on now?

Going back and forth between ideas.  I think I want to delve into some gritty government conspiracy theory stuff…


In the spring of 2003 on a desolate stretch of Arizona highway, Anton Mackey’s life was changed forever. A reckless decision to get behind the wheel when he was in no condition to drive spawned a moment that threatened to destroy everything the 21 year-old had spent his life working toward. In an instant, Anton made a decision to save himself. A decision that claimed the lives of two people.

Eleven years later, Anton is a rising star in the Miami criminal defense community. He is married and has an infant daughter. He is earning a good living and steadily building a name for himself as an aggressive advocate for the accused. Anton shares an office with veteran defense attorney, Jack Savarese. A mentor of sorts, Anton strives to model his practice – and career – after Jack’s. A Miami criminal defense legend, Jack’s accomplishments in the courtroom are second to none. However, Jack remains burdened by the conviction of Osvaldo Garcia, a mentally-ill client from ten years earlier found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for the death of a troubled teen.

When Daniella Avery, the beautiful wife of a man accused of a heinous act of domestic violence, comes into Anton’s office seeking his services, Anton thinks he’s landed a great case with a great fee. But when he succumbs to temptation, he realizes that Daniella is a figure from his past.

Anton finds himself caught between the possibility of being exposed and the fact that his client – Daniella’s husband – may be an innocent pawn in the victim’s attempt to carry out her revenge against Anton. As Anton struggles to balance defending his client while concealing the secret he has sought to forget, he uncovers the truth behind what really happened on that highway eleven years earlier. The truth that may be connected to the conviction of Osvaldo Garcia. 

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Lisa’s Review:   I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. 

Anton had it all. The white picket fence, beautiful wife, daughter, money, great career as a lawyer, and then his past caught up with him. Life as he knew it was never going to be the same. His choice years ago to leave the scene of a accident, hide the evidence relating to him being the driver, and flee, catches up to him. That choice is intermingled with many others and the impact it had is the basis for revenge now.

The book was rather slow moving in the beginning which made it difficult for me to keep my focused. I’d say around the 100 page mark it began to pick up and I then I couldn’t wait to get home to read some more. The author was very descriptive throughout the book, even with the little things, which bogged it down.

Overall, the plot was good. It was detailed and realistic. There’s a lot of different things happening, which at times, was a bit confusing. The portrayal of court hearings was realistic. There was depth to the characters but sometimes they were a little flat as there wasn’t a lot of true emotion depicted.

I’d recommend this book to those that like legal shows or hearty legal thrillers.

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