Short Interview

A Brief Interview


Matthew D. Ryan


Where do you get your ideas?

The ideas can come from anywhere. I once wrote a short story entitled The River’s Eye that was inspired by an old painting I saw at my aunt’s house. As for the rest, I’ve pretty much been steeped in the fantasy genre since childhood. I’ve read dozens of novels and I’ve been playing AD&D since I was in junior high. All of that contributes to a sort of idea stew that is constantly burbling through my brain.

When did you start writing?

I suppose in my childhood years. I wrote a couple of short stories back then, but as I grew older I got more into Dungeons and Dragons and similar types of games. Then, after college, I wrote another short story that ultimately turned into my first novel, Drasmyr. Ever since then, I’ve been writing on and off … more on than off in recent years. Finally, I decided to polish off Drasmyr and get it published.

What are your writing habits?

I’m still trying to sort that out. For a while, I was writing for a couple hours every weekday morning. As I type this, I’ve changed my schedule around so that I am now writing three pages (or more) every single day. But I’ve only doing that for two weeks, now; so, I don’t know if I can keep up that pace. Regardless, I’ve found that editing is the more time-consuming task; so, I spend what time I can editing. And editing. And editing …

What are you working on now?

Well, right now, I’m about twelve chapters into Book III of my series, From the Ashes of Ruin. It is entitled The Citadel. I also have a few short stories that are stewing in the back of my mind. And a novella I recently completed entitled Prism.

Who or what inspired you to become a writer?

There is no who involved, I just sort of fell into it. After college I worked for a year at my brother’s cellular phone company in Boston; then a friend and I took a trip around the country. When I got back, I decided to write a short story… that short story soon became the idea for my first book, and, after many revisions, it became the prologue for the larger work. That work is, of course, Drasmyr.

What is the hardest part about being a writer?

The marketing. I’m a naturally shy person and putting yourself out there like that is extremely difficult. It also doesn’t help that I have very limited marketing experience beforehand; I have to learn as I go. It can make things interesting sometimes, but it does make it difficult.