Interview with Christopher Massey

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, but I didn't read the story, my teachers at the time read it to me. It was third or fourth grade, pretty sure it was fourth, my teachers were Mr. Milne and Mrs. Bruce. They were both amazing teachers, Mr. Milne was also a family friend. The book was Redwall by Brian Jacques. Mr Milne would do the voices of all the animals, his best though was the moles. I started reading the series the same year by myself. If you've ever seen a Redwall book you'd realize this was a pretty big accomplishment for a fourth grader, especially one that wasn't a strong reader like I was. Redwall, its characters and story opened up an entire world for me. I remember I could feel the breeze as it drifted through Mossflower Woods, the toll of the Joseph Bell and later the Matthias and Methuselah Bells, I could feel the sandstone ramparts beneath my feet. I grew up reading and collecting these books. As I grew I was forced to part with a majority of my collection, but I have retained a handful of these and read them from time to time. They bring me back to a time when I clearly knew what I wanted and who I was. Today's world blurs that, but these stories remind me of what I stand for and how to stand for it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes and No, the first story I can remember writing was a story I stole from the movie Tall Tale. The story about Pecos Bill shooting off the trigger fingers of 50 men. I wrote it when I was in elementary school. I don't have it anymore, at least I don't think I do, but I remember the handwriting and the paper. I can see my handwriting as a child and the wide ruled blue lined binder paper. I saw myself as telling the story again, not plagiarizing at the time, not sure which is actually true today.
What are you working on next?
Having finished my short story collection I am prepared to write my novel. Though I'm not sure I would even call it a novel. I am writing a story I began developing as a child of no more than 10 or 11. I've grown up with these characters and lived through their adventures, which has made it even harder to put it into words. My plan is to release my novel late next year (2018). I am aiming for 50,000 words, but I have a feeling that I will not be satisfied with that. We'll see I have to ask my characters.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's about a world on the decline. The passing of a golden age has ushered in an era of war and a power vacuum, making way for warlords and tyrants; But for every darkness there is light and heroes always rise to stand against the tide. My story is about brotherhood, friendship, honor, battle, and the never ending battle between light and dark. I'm very excited about this one.
What is your writing process?
I don't have one. I can't stand trying to create outlines, brainstorming. Sometimes I get an itch in the back of my brain and I have to put it to paper. That's probably why I can't ever write something longer than a handful of pages, but I think that my work remains fresh that way. Having a process would pigeon hole me in to great a way to breathe. At least that's how I feel.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love new gadgets. I love having the coolest thing out there, but for reading I want something simple, with little to no bells and whistles, I want a digital book in my hand, not a computer.

Because of that feeling I like the Nook Simple. Only downside is it can be very difficult to read as it gets dark. I know just turn on a light. When I was young I used to light a few candles and read by candlelight in my room. When I was told I couldn't do that anymore I got a nightlight for my room, I wasn't a teenager yet and not afraid of the dark, but my parents din't care, so I would stay up late and sit on the floor next to the nightlight and read into the night. So I don't want to turn on a light, I want just enough light, light enough to remember the crispness of pages beneath my fingers that now touch a screen to turn the page. So yeah a Nook Simple, the closest thing I feel I can get to a book without having an actual book.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Honestly, I'm terrible I judge a book by its cover at first. I look for decent cover art that looks interesting, that doesn't mean that it needs to be super artistic or intricate just interesting. Then I read the synopsis, but never a sample. When I choose a book, I choose it for better or worse. To date I have never been disappointed with an indie author!
Published 2017-11-29.
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Books by This Author

The Coin Story and Other Shorts
Price: Free! Words: 4,420. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A collection of short stories that gives you a glimpse of hope in the darkness, a picture of enraged horror, a cheating husband's worst nightmare, an epic experience like no other, and a call to rise up and be a hero. Great to enjoy over a lunch break or just before bed. The stories are sure to inspire fantastical dreams or twisted nightmares. This is a chance to enjoy something fresh.