After giving you teasers of the stories included in the Shades of Pink Charity Anthology in September, this month I'll tell you a little more about the authors involved. I interviewed them with questions about their contributions, their writing life, their works in progress...
Today, Matthew Welch.
Kallysten - First of all, thank you for contributing to this project. Your submission includes two poems written to the heroin by a mysterious person. Is poetry something you have an interest in, or did you challenge yourself by writing them?
Matthew Welch - Poetry has always been a form of writing I have enjoyed. However, this was the first time I tried putting poetry and story writing together into one. It was very exciting to be able to try something new, and expand my writing capabilities.
K - What struck me about your heroine is how fearless she is. Confronted to a break in, she keeps her cool – personally I would have been terrified! Can you tell us a little more about her?
MW - Savannah, the main character, is able to keep her cool. Although extremely nervous about what is happening, she had two options: let her fears get to her and wait for something to happen or take control of the situation. One of the main reasons why I made her such a strong character is that I have learned that stress and worry never helps a situation, it only adds to the problem.
K - Your bio tells us you write Young Adult stories. What attracts you to the genre?
MW - The Young Adult genre was the selection I chose for my first two novels. I have always preferred to write something that all ages can enjoy. My first two novels were smaller, as to not lose the younger generation’s interest. The next novel, which I am currently working on, will be a full sized novel for any age.
K - Can you tell us about your current writing project or next release?
MW - The current novel that I am working on is an Adventure novel that all ages can enjoy. Sandorius, a dragon, is not like the rest of his kind. His size is much different and he has been deserted, left alone to find his own pathway of life. Varien, a warrior, has been accused by his village for the disappearance of his father. As the two venture to figure out how to overcome their unfortunate obstacles they meet one another and try to find a way together.
K - Would you care to share an excerpt from it?
MW - Sure! Here is a piece of the story from after both main characters, Sandorius and Varien, meet one another:
“I do trust you and will attempt this. But are you sure you can hold my weight? I know you will not let me fall if you can help it, but what if you cannot help it?” He knew Sandorius was right about becoming lost, but he’d rather be lost than fall to a very painful death.
Again with the size issue. So what if he was small, that did not mean that his strength power was weak. People should learn not to judge him for his size. After all, didn’t they say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover?’ What was the difference? Don’t judge someone by looks only should be a saying, he thought to himself. Frustrated now, he growled at Varien. “Yes, I can hold your little weight! Now jump on, before I leave you stranded here while I go get a refreshing drink.” He was becoming impatient and wished that Varien would just get on so they could go. He had no intentions of leaving Varien behind, but he would if he must.
Varien swung one leg over the back of Sandorius. He held tightly onto the sides of Sandorius’s scaly neck. It was slick and damp, but also quite firm enough to grasp onto so as not to fall.
As soon as Varien was situated as much as possible in this dreary weather, Sandorius began to run dodging the trees as he went. As he neared the edge of the cliff on the mountain he spread his wings widely and lunged into the thickening foggy air. Swooshing his wings into flight he flew into the thickening clouds with Varien desperately trying to hold on. “Relax a little. It will help more than you choking my neck, that’s for sure.”
Relax?! Honestly he did not believe that would help at all. Varien began to shout to get Sandorius to slow down some when he slightly slipped.
“I told you, Relax.” Sandorius was ready to take his flight to the next level of excitement. If Varien was not to loosen his grasp then he was not going to let Varien get used to this flight. He turned sideways and flew in circles until he began to feel queasy. Then to hide his sickening feeling in the pit of his stomach he plunged himself downward straight to the ground.
This was insane, Varien thought. His heart was screaming with the adrenaline. His pulse was racing faster than they were falling. The wind was pulling him back and his hands were slipping. He frantically tried to hold on but it was almost useless. He was going to fall, just like he had imagined before daring to consider this dramatic flight. He released his hands from the neck of Sandorius and prepared for a very tragic death. Almost as soon as he released his hands he fell into a big pool of water. Why hadn’t he seen this water he wondered silently? The fog must have been too thick to see through.
K - Thank you again for being a part of Shades of Pink. Any last word before I let you go back to your writing?
MW - I hope that the Shades of Pink program goes well. I also would like to thank you for the opportunity to share my short story with you. Enjoy the read!
Find Matthew Welch at Matthew Welch's Novels