Interview with M T Madden

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in several locations being from an Air Force family. Moving around a lot helped to broaden my circle of friends and I find that often I am able to think back to certain instances or comments where I can fondly add them to my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I have enjoyed writing from a young age, and have generally received good feedback whether from a teacher at college or a friend, but until recent years artwork had always taken precidence with my time.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
One afternoon I had just completed the image of the green dragon lit by moonlight, and I glanced over thinking I could write quite a story about this image. And Ta Da! I added a boy to the image and it became to cover on my first novel.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My novels are built around a fictional land, and I have found that I wake up each morning looking forward to disapearing into this world where magic and elves exist.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have spoken with a few fans - through social media, and have found apart from finding their opinion interesting and inciteful, it is such a boost to my confidence just to be acknowleged by someone else.
What are you working on next?
The Hopscotch Tales take my hero through many years where he must wage wars, offer peace and overcome evil as well as taking a journey in his own self discovery. His quest continues in his search to find the crystals of power while many adventures in each of the nine worlds offer new rich environments for each trial he is faced with.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read from a variety of authors, but I can never resist picking up a novel from one of my favourite authors; among whom are the popular Stephen King, James Herbert and John Connoly. I still enjoy a good laugh with James Herriot, and Suzanne Collins has kept me glued to the pages of her novels.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I can remember writting was a short story when I was about twelve or thirteen years old and I remember being asked by the English teacher if I'd ever read the Orwell book 1984 because it had reminded her of the book. I still haven't read that book, but was pleased to have something I'd written even remotely compared to such an outstanding writer.
What is your writing process?
I simply sit down and write. I have thousands of idea's bursting forward and the difficulty has always been to sort out which would be the more interesting route to take my story. I enjoy the quiet of the early morning to sit undisturbed as the characters almost write the adventures for themselves.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
A teacher in my junior school held a tradition each year of reading J.R.R. Tolken's The Hobbit to the the class, then, while he was at home would spend the summer holidays reading the Lord of the Rings. After finishing the Hobbit, I took it upon myself to read the Lord of the Rings that summer and the thrill of the journey has stayed with me since that time.
How do you approach cover design?
So far, I have chosen an interesting character from the story, and used the character to set the stage for the novel, whether it is Shuraka the angry red dragon or one of the Vara that had chased my hero through dark underground passagways - they all seem to fit.
Published 2016-09-27.
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