On Friday I was interviewed by Sally ‘Qwill’ Janin at The Qwillery book blog about my debut novel King of Shards, which is out now. I speak about my writing style (pantser vs. plotter), some of the challenges I face, my influences, and my experience as an editor of Sybil’s Garage. Here’s an excerpt:
TQ: Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?
Matthew: I’ve always lived in my head, making up stories for my own entertainment, even before I knew what I was doing. Eventually, after many delays, I took a class at the New School in Manhattan on writing Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror. It was taught by the late Alice K. Turner, who introduced me to constructive critique. She connected me to the writers group Altered Fluid that I’m still a member of today.
TQ: Are you a plotter, pantser or hybrid?
Matthew: Both methods work for me, depending on the project. I tend to overthink plots when I “pants” it, so I’ve found that plotting helps me reign in my tendency for too much complexity (I love detail). On the other hand, there is a wonderful sense of freedom when you are flying by the seat of your pants and not knowing if you will fly straight into a wall or into the clear blue sky. I usually have an ending in mind before I begin either way.
You can read the full interview here.