Today’s Friday Five focus is Matthew Lovecraft, author of gothic short stories, novellas, novels, poetry, and flash fiction.
Matthew Lovecraft is an author and entertainer. His first book, Inside Out (a collection of poems), is available as an e-book on Smashwords and in paperback from lulu.com.
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1. What are some of your favorite words and why?
Swear words. Not in my writing, but in real life. lol. I have a filthy mouth and almost non-existent filter. In my writing I like words that rhyme.
2. What is the most important thing that people DON’T know about your subject/genre, that you think they need to know?
I have no formal training in poetry. I’m just slinging words at the page because it’s what I like to do and need to do. So what they don’t know won’t hurt me.
3. What author has influenced your writing style/subject the most and why?
I was a constant reader of Stephen King’s fiction from an early age. So I can’t deny the influence he’s had on my desire to be a writer. However, I would say that the writer who’s influenced my writing style and subject matter the most is Joyce Carol Oates. She has the ability to bring characters, time periods and locations to life in a way that is arguably prolific. She also has a narrative voice that allows her to create moments that are epic or emotional or sometimes both.
4. Why do you write in the genre(s) you listed above?
I just like mucking around in the shadows of the human psyche. I like to take a deep look at myself, others and the world around us and look at the cultural and global myths and how they define our actions, feelings and beliefs vs. what we say we believe in and have come to accept as a normal way of living.
5. What do you want your readers to take away from your works?
I want them to be entertained first and foremost, however, I also feel that good writing should open the door for discussion, be it an internal dialogue with oneself or ideas that get expressed in discussion with others due to the influence of what we read.
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Inside Out (a collection of poems) is currently available as an e-book on Smashwords.
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