Matthew Franks, author of the upcoming middle grade novel Orion Medallion, talks to The Quillery about his first book, The Monster Underneath.
TQ: Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?
Matthew: I started writing short stories in the third grade. Initially, I wrote to pass the time between lessons, but inevitably it became my passion. In those days, I wrote in three genres - action adventure, horror, and absurd. In the action adventure stories, a superhero went around beating up bad guys.
In the horror stories, a Jason Voorhees type character went around murdering people. As for the absurd stories, well, it may be best to just give an example. In one of them, a kid's ear pops off his head and takes on a life of its own. It cleans itself up, puts on a tux, and gets a job like a person. I still have some of those stories and love looking back at them every now and then.
TQ: Are you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?
Matthew: Definitely a hybrid. It really depends on the story too. For The Monster Underneath, I knew where I was headed, but the subject matter allowed for a more stream-of-consciousness approach. In other works, especially fantasy and science fiction, I find it important to not only plot, but also ensure that the world, or worlds, of the story are well-developed ahead of time. If the setting is complete, I find it much easier to plot and navigate within it.
TQ: What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?
Matthew: Finding time. I'm sure that's what a lot of writers say, but it's true. There's always a lot going on in the real world and finding that perfect balance isn't easy.
The Monster Underneath was published by Samhain publishing in 2016.
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Or visit: http://qwillery.blogspot.com/2016/04/interview-with-matthew-franks-author-of.html
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