I am very pleased to welcome horror writer Matthew Harrill on the blog today. He’s not as scary as his photo suggests (although his book are :-))
Matthew W Harrill lives in the idyllic South-West of England, nestled snugly in a village in the foothills of the Cotswolds. Born in 1976, he attended school in Bristol and received a degree in Geology from Southampton University. By day he plies his trade implementing shareplans for Xerox. By night he spends his time with his wife and four children.
Hi, I’m horror writer Matthew W Harrill, author of The ARC Chronicles, a series that examines the consequences of Hell freezing over and the efforts of one woman, forced on a path to a destiny she has no control over, to thwart demonkind. I am an active blogger, father of 4, husband to 1 (we have been together 20 years) living in a small town in South-West England. By day I work for Xerox implementing share plans for multinationals, waiting for those times I can write. I’m 6 foot 3, deep blue eyes, brown hair with the merest dusting of grey : ) And if the writing takes off, you see how quickly I get out of the day job!
I keep it strict. Normally my lunch hour and on the bus when commuting to and from work. When I am in creative mode, it is just the lunch hour, but once I have my notes ready, I will do a bit more. Also sometimes at the local sport center when my kids have swimming lessons and the like.
Are you a planner or a pantser?
Do you do any research? If so, any sites or sources you care to share?
As above, I do loads. Now none of my work is located close to home. I have been favouring Worcester, Massachusetts as a starting location, the latest novel, ‘The Eyes Have No Soul’ being set in Holden, just outside of Worcester. So getting the setting is right. There is a lot of useful information on places such as Wikipedia that can lead one to further research, but the advent of google earth, particularly street view, has been a godsend. I will spend many lunchtimes just ‘walking’ around cities all over the world just to get a flavour of them. If you base your tale in anything resembling reality, it is very powerful. It also shows just how good writers were to convey setting in the past when it was not a luxury.
Do you read inside your genre or out when writing?