1. What did you think about the book (SONG OF THE FIREFLIES), and your opinion on New Adult in general?
Admittedly, I am a bit of a slow reader, so I haven’t finished it yet, but damn, it’s good. I am really enjoying the book, I think it’s well written, and moves along at a good pace. I really enjoy the characters. Bray and Elias are so intriguing. This is the first new adult book I’ve read. I usually read Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Non-Fiction. So far it’s been great! It’s turned me on a few times too :p
2. Do you have any characteristic similarities with Elias?
Hmmm, Elias, is a pretty complex, yet relatable character. I’d say that, like him, I follow my heart, and always try to do the right thing. He’s pretty laid back, and enjoys to party. That’s kind of me in a nutshell.
3. Have you read the book yet? If so, what do you think about portraying Elias?
I am still reading the book, but Elias is a great character to have portrayed. He’s got his heart in the right place, he’s handsome, and pretty laid back. Bray, really loves him, and he’s quite the dynamo in the sack :p
4. Do you think your shoot properly portrays the character?
When I did the shoot I wasn’t aware that I was going to be portraying Elias. I was contacted, by a local photographer about doing a shoot with a female. We shot it in the middle of winter at VanDusen Gardens in Vancouver. Her and I had great chemistry and we got that shot. It worked out really well, and I am so happy it was selected for the cover. I think it definitely captures Bray and Elias, bang on!
5. How does it feel to be modeling for a New York Times bestselling author?
At the time of the shoot, I didn’t know this is where it would end up. I am glad it did, this has been amazing, and I am happy to do it again. My family was really surprised, and so was I. I found out just before Christmas that I was on the cover. It was a great Christmas present for me!!
6. Were you nervous for this shoot?
No, not really. This wasn’t the first time I had shot with a female, at least I had clothes on this time :p, and it wasn’t my first shoot. The other model and I talked a bit before hand and got comfortable with each other, so it was no problem.
7. What other modeling have you done? Have you been on any other book covers?
I’ve done a fair amount of modeling. A couple runways, but mostly just portfolio building. This is my first book cover, but I have been on a brochure, as well as, the website for the Pacific Bi-Polar Foundation. There’s some new stuff in the works as well.
8. If you weren’t modeling, what else would you love to do?
Modeling has been really good for me as of late, so I am enjoying it a lot right now. I went to film school, so I would love to be working in that realm as well. I also love to travel, and go to concerts. I am a music junkie.
9. In SONG OF THE FIREFLIES, Elias and Bray do a lot of traveling – where have you traveled?
I love traveling, and Georgia is on my list of places to go to. I’ve been all over North America, and Europe a few times. I’ve been to New Orleans a few times and I am in love with the south. The food is amazing, and so is the music.
(Matt Turner image is Copyright © Gerardo Vizmanos)
A big thanks to Matt Turner for answering fans questions! You can find him on his Twitter page! :-)
Also, check out the interview with the ‘Bray’ model, Siobhan Kirby, over on Shh Mom’s Reading book blog!