Matthew Horgan

Biography

Greetings all,

I am Matthew (though often known as Matt).

I have had an interest in literature, printed archives and research since I was a child, many long years ago. This interest was, in no small part, due to my family’s home resembling a small library with several bookshelves in each room.

Over the past 15 years or so my fondness for literature and writing have been greatly influenced by my desire for more information on subjects of personal interest (such as Jewish culture, Israel’s history, albinism, general military history and technology, European cultures and histories...and the list goes on).

My interests in books and literature carried through to my academic life. My university studies have covered a variety of subjects including editing, journalism, graphic design, fiction writing, information archiving and retrieval, and teaching (TESOL / TEFL). Studying (watching repeatedly) vast numbers of foreign films and animated features has also helped to inform my writing and related knowledge...at least that is my excuse.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote, which I still have a copy of, was a short story I created for a University assignment. The story is called A Few Bad Men and, although I now view the prose as comically poor (I had just started studying fiction writing), the story is significant for several reasons. It perked my interest in fiction writing and a few new research topics (especially albinism), the character set I created at random is now the central character set I'm using in my published series, and one of the supporting characters in my first story is now a main character for my series (the name of my first published book is a reference to her).
While developing the university assignment I also learned the importance of research and precision while writing / editing the manuscript. Now for every hour spent drafting, three hours are spent researching or editing (as a result of the research).
What is your writing process?
1. Pick a basic narrative. 2. Pick a location, time, event to use as the backdrop for this narrative. 3. Pick a character set or basic ideas for potential characters. 4. Research for previous points. 5. Write a few chapters in point form. 6. Fill out point form into draft prose. 7. Edit mercilessly. 8. More research. 9. Rewrite chapters with tighter tolerances for realism and character types/behavior. 10. Repeat steps 5 to 9 until first draft complete. 11. Walk away from completed draft then, after a few months, dig it out again and resume editing/rewriting. 12. Publish on a public forum after a few clean sweeps...no major changes were needed during peer review. 13. Wait for critiques then start on the next story.
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Where to find Matthew Horgan online


Series

Books

Lambs to Lions
Series: Eastern Knights, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,650. Language: Australian English. Published: September 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
A young girl awakes in a foreign hospital to find herself and her twin sister the guests of a small yet formidable group of fighters. At first the girl believes her hosts saved the sisters from their personal hell, however the fighters' commander suggests that a simpler and far more powerful force is responsible for the sisters' survival. (Revised January 2016)
One Army, Many Tribes
Series: Eastern Knights, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,970. Language: Australian English. Published: September 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Two years after her escape from Romania Ashley finds herself beset with many challenges; coping with University exams, acting as aide to a billionaire heiress and PMC commander, and trying to balance her personal life between two lovers and their own romantic interests. The PMC's attempt at a recruitment drive only makes Ashley's predicament considerably more intense. (Revised August 2017)
To Fall for an Angel
Series: Eastern Knights, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,310. Language: Australian English. Published: August 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
At first all seems lost, then a brief meeting gives the hunted a chance to be the hunter, lost warriors a chance for redemption and vengeance, and new acquaintances a chance to become something more. That is, of course, if all concerned can avoid starting a regional war. (Revised July 2017)

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