1. Hello! Thanks for taking part in this interview. Now, tell us a little bit about you and your work!
Hello everyone. I’m Matt, I’m in my mid 40s and I’m from England. I’m what’s called a multi genre and mixed genre author. The first (multi genre) means I don’t write in just one genre. I flip between horror, fantasy, scifi, and historical fiction mostly. The second (mixed genre) means I play hard and fast with my books and mix genres within the same book. They are not easily classified.
I have a scifi horror set during the Roman Empire and a supernatural cosy crime.
2. Before we get into everything else, do you have anything published? If yes, you can add links to your work and your socials in question ten!
I do! I have published 7 titles so far with an 8th to follow in June.
3. Why did you start writing and how did you start writing?
It might sound cliché but writing for me is a compulsion. I’ve always had a vivid imagination and a desire to explore it. The times I’ve gone any length without writing I feel I’m missing something in life. if I don’t write, ideas just go round and round in my head until I do.
4. Do you have a specific writing schedule or do you just write at any time?
Any time the muse strikes me, really. This last year has given me more time to write during the day, but typically it is evenings and weekends. As work picks up though, I may need to structure my week.
5. What inspires you? Does life itself inspire you? Do ideas just come to you? What about searching online for ideas?
I get inspiration everywhere. A few of my story ideas have come from dreams believe it or not. Other ideas just seem to pop into my head. I don’t always realise what that inspiration is until the story is fully fleshed out though. I rarely need to go looking online. I have so many ideas. If you saw my “development hell” folder you’d probably have a heart attack at how many ideas I’ve come up with, developed only briefly, and then put it aside.
6. Has your work every made you laugh? Smile? Cry?
Writing the end of A Salmonweird Sleighing (my new release) made me cry at the end. Not because I finished it, but because I think I captured precisely what Christmas means for me – the sense of occasion, forgetting about our worries and just enjoying life when things are difficult. I think that’s a universal message.
Phobetor’s Children also almost brought me to tears. The essential message is one of mental health and trauma recovery. I put the characters through so much and to see the surviving character(s) come out a stronger person is definitely something that resonates with me.
7. Do you have a number one supporter, or even multiple supporters!?
So many wonderful supportive people on social media. Special shouts go to Megan and Rae on Twitter, Mira on Instagram. Just anyone who has supported me in any way they can, buying a book, reviewing, recommending and just resharing my stuff. It’s all part of a wonderful supportive community.
Most of all my lovely other half Cat who has been my greatest cheerleader.
8. Do you have any advice for someone who may be feeling negatively towards their work? Perhaps they feel it’s not good enough or are struggling to find ideas and motivation. What would you say to them?
We are our own harshest critics. That’s only natural as creatives. We want to craft the perfect story, photo, or whatever. But what we lack is the perspective to step back and see when it’s the best it can possibly be.
The most important thing is not to put pressure on yourself. Just try to have fun and the rest will come.
9. Before we wrap up, how about a fun question! Do you enjoy editing!?
I may be alone in this, but yes I do. It can be difficult, mentally and emotionally draining at times. There are times you want to give up on a project, but this is where you get to hone the story and bring out the finer details. Phobetor’s Children was one of the hardest edits. On advice of beta readers, I cut about 22,000 words of text and added 9,000 of new material. You can’t argue against the satisfaction of when somebody who read both versions says “the new edit is far better.”
10. Okay, now for the real stuff, post the links to your work and your socials!
My main author site: https://mgmasonbooks.co.uk/
See all my books at Amazon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/MG-Mason/e/BO7TYFVL16/
Instagram is here: https://www.instagram.com/mgmasonbooks/
And finally, Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/MGMasonBooks
Thank you for taking part in this interview!