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Writers Like Us Interview 3: Matt

Welcome to the third installment of Writers Like Us. Today I’ll be interviewing Matt.

 

Alpine Writer: What author or authors do you think most influenced your writing?

Matt: I’d have to say Timothy Zahn and Robert Jordan have been my biggest influences, Jordan more for description, worldbuilding and and intrigue, and Zahn more for things like dialogue and twists. My other favourite author is Brandon Sanderson, and although I can’t think of any specific ways he’s influenced my writing style, I’m sure he has. I’ve also found a lot of the materials on his website to be inspirational, rather than influential, which puts him up there too.

 

A: What genre do you usually write?

M: I normally write fantasy, but I’ve been working on some young adult superhero-y stuff lately. One of my favourite things about writing is figuring out how the magic systems work, so I always try to include something magic in the story.

 

A: Do you tend to stick to one genre or do you like to write lots of different things?

M: I go all over the place, with my novels mostly being fantasy but occasionally whatever a superhero story is, and with my short stories all over the place, from horror to comedy to just weird. I have a mystery novel planned, but haven’t started writing it, so I’m not sure if that counts.

 

A: Do you tend to write the same kind of things as what you read?

M: Yes. I started writing because I kept saying, “I’d like to see a book that does this,” and one day I just decided to do it. My writing is for me, not for anyone else, because I’m writing for love of what I’m doing. I think that’s the most important part of it.

 

A: What is your most recent work-in-progress?

M: I’m currently working on two novels. The first is the beginning of a young adult series called Incendiary, about a couple of bored high school students who get superpowers and decide to see if they can take over the world. That one’s really fun to write, because it’s centered around the villains making their plans and trying to keep everything hidden. The second novel I’m working on doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s a fantasy novel in which the villains think they’ve found the fulfillment of a doomsday prophecy, along with a half dozen other major events that I don’t have the space to get into, and I probably couldn’t describe briefly.

 

A: What are some of your favorite books?

M: Well this is going to be a long answer. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan is amazing, and I’ll devour anything Timothy Zahn’s ever written, with The Icarus Hunt, the Blackcollar and Conquerors series, and Spinneret probably being his best works. Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series, like most of his other stuff, is great. I recently read Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, and thought it was really good, although that’s a polarising one. I could keep going, but if I do I’m never going to stop, so I’ll just leave off with that.

 

Awesome!

Tune in next week for the fourth and final installment!

Writers Like Us Interview 2: Ember

Welcome to the second installment of Writers Like Us! Today’s interviewee is my friend Ember.

 

Alpine Writer: What author or authors do you think most influenced your writing?

Ember: C.S. Lewis, Tolstoy (Hopefully, at least, I love him to bits), Chesterton

 

A: What genre do you write?

E: Fantasy/Science Fiction/Allegory

 

A: Do you tend to stick to one genre or do you like to write lots of different things?

E: I like to write everything that comes into my head. Except romance novels. Ew.

 

A: Do you tend to write the same kind of things as what you read?

E: I most certainly try to, it’s generally my rule of thumb for writing

 

A: What is your most recent work-in-progress?

E: An allegory that is going nowhere, and an unnamed group project with our wonderful GG

 

A: What are some of your favorite books?

E: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Pilgrim’s Regress by C.S. Lewis, The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and a Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo and that’s all I got off the top of my head :)

 

Cool!

Tune in next week for the fourth installment!

Writers Like Us Interview 1: Grace

This is the first post of a new series. Each post will be a six-question interview with a writer friend of mine. My first interview is with Grace.

Alpine Writer: What author or authors do you think most influenced your writing?

Grace: Probably Sarah Dessen, or Robin Jones Gunn. I admire their books and I think they’re amazing fiction authors!

 

A: What genre do you write?

G: Teen fiction

 

A: Do you tend to stick to one genre or do you like to write lots of different things?

G: I stick to this genre, unless I feel adventurous, then I try for dystopian fiction.

 

A: Do you tend to write the same kind of things as what you read?

G: Yes, but sometimes I like to read something different and spice up my “routine”.

 

A: What is your most recent work-in-progress?

G: I’m currently in the works of the rough draft of a novel about a girl who reluctantly creates an anonymous blog and becomes famous. That’s not the whole plot obviously but the gist of it.

 

A: What are some of your favorite books?

G: This is such a difficult question to answer! Hmm… Probably the Christy Miller series, The Giver, and Twilight.

 

Cool answers!

Be sure to check back next week for my second interview!

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