Matthew Young

Biography

I love to laugh,
ha ha ha haaa,
loud and long and clear

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7-31-19

Often I wonder why I took the time to write. I felt compelled to put down the ideas in my head but until recently I didn't know why, when I read this twitter thread by @kat_kuhl: https://twitter.com/kat_kuhl_/status/1156246912879738882

paraphrased here:

"...I adore mythologies. All of this stuff that I get sullen over is owned by [corporations] BECAUSE people love it and tell stories about it and want to hear more (making them valuable $$ assets) so there's the potential for us to do the good work of storytelling through them...It's hard for me to love star wars fully, because star wars is a corporate entity that spews propoganda, often carelessly. It's one of our mythologies with potential, but i don't think it's in the hands of people who care about us learning to do anything other than obey and buy...This is how I feel about superhero stuff, disney period, any form of storytelling you'd think of as culturally important that is now owned by a corporation instead of the people. I can't love a corporate agent."

I agree. It's as important to write and tell your own stories as much as free speech is a right. I love Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, etc. But how long did I have to wait, do I have to wait, for them to tell the stories I want to here with the characters I love? So I did it myself.

Here you will find a story, and soon many more, of three children set out on adventure. They're the characters I wanted to see when I was young, tackling problems that I had, enjoying things that I did. They inhabit the sci-fi world I grew up watching, with the fantasy powers I read about.

You know what's great about sci-fi? You can write about the world and how to make it better. There's no limits.

- Matt

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
It changes very very often, but right now they are:

- All Quiet on the Western Front
- Starship Troopers
- Dante's Inferno
- Candide
- Catch-22

Most books that I consider my favorite have a scene or moment that stays with me for a long time, can consistently make me laugh, and/or will make me remember how I felt when I first read it.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ooh fun question: JORGE LUIS BORGES, first of all.

Steinbeck, Hemingway, Vonnegut, Asimov, Murakami, and David Sedaris. Capote, Joyce, Camus, Chinua Achebe, Alan Paton. Remarque. I like writers who can say a lot in few words, And I've laughed so hard reading David Sedaris I started crying.
Read more of this interview.

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Books

The Wild Beasts of Anthony Mannis
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,030. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Adventure » Action
In the nation of Atos, where technology and the unexplainable co-exist, a boy with the ability to imagine monsters into reality revolts against the police state in order to rescue his abducted family.

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