Over the years on Uncorking a Story, I’ve interviewed many lawyers who have tapped into their creative side and written a debut novel and I can now add Matthew Necci’s name to that list. Who is the inspiration behind the story? What motivates him to write? How important was his wife’s support in moving him from aspiring to published author? Listen in to hear the answers to these questions and hear his perspective on my beloved UConn Huskies.
MEET MATTHEW NECCI
Matthew Necci is the author of The Road Will Someday Bend. He is a practicing attorney by trade, with a penchant for social media and community building. Matt’s daily musings about the UConn Huskies, the New York Mets, Greater Hartford, and the Adirondacks can be found on Twitter: @UConnNetch
KEY TOPICS IN THIS PODCAST:
- How he identified a love of writing early in his life.
- Why he approaches legal briefs as exercises in persuasive storytelling.
- The importance of encouragement in the writing process.
- Why he started writing his debut novel The Road Will Someday Bend.
- The importance of vulnerability in the writing process.
KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM MY TALK WITH MATTHEW
- The power of encouragement. Matthew and his wife have a true partnership. She not only encouraged him to write his debut novel but also helped edit his work.
- Tell the story you want to tell. Matthew was inspired by his grandfather’s life—an Italian immigrant sent to the United States by his family in pursuit of a better life who found himself drafted into the Army fighting against his kinfolk. While Matt’s book is a novel, it is based in large part on his Grandfather’s experiences in the war.
- Being open to pivot. When it comes to writing fiction, Matt understands that having an outline is important, but flexibility to pivot during the writing process is very important.
WHERE TO BUY THE ROAD WILL SOMEDAY BEND
HOW TO GET IN TOUCH WITH MATTHEW
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-necci/
MEMORABLE QUOTES FROM MATTHEW
My wife is my absolute partner in everything. Every time I’d write a chapter, she would be the first person that would read it and give some third-party thoughts about where the story was going. And I kind of made the commitment to her that I knew I was going to finish this book. I wanted her to be brutally honest, so that if she was really interested, I was going to keep showing it to her. And if she wasn’t interested, I think I still would have finished, but I’m not sure I would have gone about putting it out in the world the way I did. So I’m incredibly thankful for her.
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