Interview with Mathew Bridle

Published 2018-12-03.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Long way back, when I in primary school, that would be about age 10. We were given a small porcelain ornament to write about, mine​ was Katy the Kitten. I filled almost 2 exercise books with a mad story of polar exploration.
What is your writing process?
Sometimes an idea railroads its way into my head. Others are inspiration while doing something else. So I sit down and plant the seed idea and just watch it grow as I write. There are times though when I'll grab a calendar and plan out the bones of a journey or a battle. Then I'll just sit and thrash it ​into submission.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
his is going to sound​ weird. Again, at primary school, in the last year, I read The Exorcist, it certainly gave me an early interest in the supernatural.
How do you approach cover design?
I get an image in my head then reach out for Photoshop and get busy. Then, sometimes I send that image to ​another designer to get another spin on it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Lord of the Rings, does it no justice.
Ready Player One - the only book I read and then started it again. I wrote a review of this for Ernest Cline, just two words - Geek Porn.
Thomas Covenant Saga, so brilliant it simply must be read.
The Bible - a book I could never do without, so full of inspiration.
The Portrait of Dorian Grey. No one writes like Oscar Wilde, so elegant, his use of English​ is simply exquisite.
What do you read for pleasure?
Lots of things, I have a friend, Daisy White, who has written a number of crime dramas - I like those for a light read. I am currently reading Sea of Thieves: Athena's Fortune. I also read the Bible quite a lot, I like to read new translations or do a bit of translation for myself.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love the original Kindle, simple device that does only what it needs to.
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Books by This Author

Fire Thorn
Series: The One Saga, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,070. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
The struggle to control the lust of the flame deepens as Dekor attempts to unite the lost troll tribes. A dark power has risen in the depths of the Algid Range where the necromancers of Qtir first settled the southern lands. War is coming. The Great Prophecy spreads across the world unveiling its deeper secrets. Dark Blade calls for blood drawing the orcs of Azmabad into the spreading conflict.
Young Warlock
Series: The One Saga, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,010. Language: American English. Published: July 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Fire is forbidden to mages, when Dekor sees the fire he falls to the lust of the flame. The way of the warlock is a path to darkness, not one for a graduate mage to even consider. "This will give you energy, it will also contain your lust for the flame. You must let your heart decide the path you will walk. Do not let anyone tell you fire is evil. Evil is in the heart, not the hand." Aunt Endor.