Hello Friends, I have more things to share than I have days in the week to talk on, so today is an interview with Wednesday’s short story author, Matt Fleming speckled with the artwork I’ve created as prizes for last month’s giveaway.
Matt, as a reminder, is a writer working for video games, his own projects, and for the web-comic Between Infinity.
IF YOU HAD TO BE TRAPPED IN A CHILDREN’S TV SHOW, WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?
How did you get into writing for video games?
people try, but everyone’s situation is unique. Mostly? It’s about perseverance. In my case, it ended up being the last person on phone support for an MMO company, and being given a shot at designing. Then, laid off. Then, going into QA for another company, and getting promoted that way. That promotion managed to put me in a place where I could do mission/quest design, and that coupled with the degree I recently earned in Creative Writing pushed me over the top.
How does writing for video games differ from writing in short story form?
Do you find your experience in one medium effects, or influences the other?
Each medium has its strengths and weaknesses, and your writing has to reflect that. Being able to write with experience in other visual mediums can bleed right into your writing. When I sit down and write, I imagine the scene and let it play out in my head, and then write what I see. From there, I can use these visual images and translate them to whatever I’m going to be writing for. Knowing how to write in these different forms are just different tools in the toolbox.
What sparked the initial inspiration for “Pearl’s Last Ride?”
Do you fear losing your memory and your imagination the way Pearl did?
What was the biggest challenge you encountered when creating this story?
I think it was the subject matter that tripped me up. Stephen King said something to the effect that his writing comes from all of the things that catch in his head, and mine seems to operate the same way. Looking over all the words given, and my brain went right to some rather dark places that I hadn’t thought of in a long time. I ended up slamming the whole thing out in a night, and needing a nice, long walk afterward.
Thanks for chatting with us Matt!
I hope you all have a particularly lovely weekend and if youneed a little more horror before next week, come on over to twitter and have a chat ❤