Can you believe this! The end! The last 3Q’s feature of… SEASON 1!! Ahhh, what! Yeah, that’s right. This is the last one for this series and starting in August, we’ll see Season 2, featuring new guests, some new questions and a whole lot of fun!
For this last one, please welcome the awesomely extreme – Matthew Vaughn!
Welcome, good sir!
Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try and write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?
Matthew: I know you know I have a big family, but for anyone that doesn’t know, I have five kids that range from one year old to thirteen years old. My writing style can only be described as a guerrilla style, which basically means I write whenever and wherever I can. I want more than anything to be able to get up before work and write for at least an hour everyday. I’ve tried, and I will continue to try, but so far I haven’t had any luck with that. So, until I can get it worked out, I write on my phone mostly. I just write in my notes app and email it to myself for final edits and formatting. I write at work if I can, I write sitting in the car while my wife runs into Target. I write at my sons soccer practices if the other parents don’t talk to me. Then, like I said, after editing it for a while on my phone I email it to myself for final editing, which I’ve been doing a lot of at work recently. As far as hitting a word count goes, I’m just happy to get any writing done, so I don’t focus on word counts so much.
Steve: Out of all your releases, do you have a favorite character you’ve written?
Matthew: I don’t know if it’s weird or not, but I don’t have any strong connections to any of my characters. I like telling stories about bad things that happen, and that usually involves writing about a lot of bad people. And to be honest, I find writing bad people is much more enjoyable than writing good people. You get to really let your imagination run wild and think of lot’s of horrible, terrible things these people could do.
So, saying that, the Harrington family in the Hellsworld Hotel series are my favorite to write. That is why I decided to write the prequel stories, I just wanted to play with those characters some more, to flesh out some that didn’t get as much limelight as others. I have plans to revisit them still, I’ve roughly started on a sequel that will give me an opportunity to write about this crazy, whacked out family and to introduce some new relatives. So, there’s at least one more haunted house out there with blood soaked walls and gore filled rooms ran by a bunch of nut jobs that will see the light of day!
Steve: Tell me about your newest release (novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it!
Matthew: Coming out July14th on godless.com is the ebook of The Survivors. My wife and I were big fans of the TV show Lost, and if you’ve ever watched it then you know it has a lot of fantastical elements to it. At some point I got the idea of writing a story similar to Lost, of plane crash survivors that are marooned on an Island, but ground it in reality. No smoke monsters or time travel, the islands not magic, just real people in a bad situation. But obviously I make it a bit extreme. These are not all good people, and there’s some cannibals on the island. After it runs e book only for a little while I’ll release it in paperback form.
Also, very soon, I’ll be releasing the 30 Minutes or Less stories in paperback for the first time. This will be one book featuring all three stories combined together into one collection, with a forward by none other than Steve Stred! So it will be cool to see people being able to read this as one big story.
The Survivors by Matthew Vaughn
Steve: Bonus Question! What is your favorite album?
Matthew: This is probably the most difficult question out of the whole bunch! I love music, it has been a big part of my life since I was in middle school. I’m always listening to music, if I don’t have an audio book going. But my favorite album, out of all the ones I love, that’s tough. How about a couple –
Strapping Young Lad’s City. SYL was one of my favorite bands, and City was the first album I heard from them. It’s perfect, loud, aggressive, atmospheric, it has it all, there is not a bad song on the album.
Ministry’s Filth Pig. Another band that I have loved forever, they’re mainly known for earlier albums, but I love the raw and depressing sound of Filth Pig.
Lastly I’ll say Filter’s Short Bus. When Hey Man, Nice Shot came out it was overplayed like crazy. But, after seeing them live, I bought the album and it has so many bangers on it. Richard Patrick is angry and the guitars are super loud and hard. Those three albums are in constantly in rotation on my phone, and have been since the 90’s!
Very cool! Awesome, thank you so much, Matthew! And thank all the people out there who have checked out this first batch of 3Q’s!
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