Meet your Fantasy from the Rock team: Matthew Daniels

promo_cover7_webWe spent most of January announcing our Fantasy from the Rock all-star lineup, but without actually reading the stories (and you can’t, not until April 27th!) it’s hard to get to know the authors that are helping make up this epic collection. With that in mind, here’s a little bit about Matthew Daniels, who first penned for Sci-Fi from the Rock and has proven himself a formidable force in the indie short fiction scene.  He returns this year with his short story: Living and Learning…

1. What is your favorite word?
Defenestrate. I love the fact that there’s a word for throwing someone/ something out of a window.

2. What is your least favorite word?
All of that hogwash like “on fleek” and “fam.”

3. What is your favorite movie?
Not a big movie person. Serenity?

4. What is your favorite book?
By default, I’ll have to say The Lord of the Rings. There are extremely few books I’ve read more than once, and this is the only one I’ve read at least four times in English. I’m currently reading it in French.

5. What was the last book you read for pleasure?
Matthew: Infinity, by Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Louise Curtis.

6. What are you currently working on?
A novel I started with National Novel Writing Month.

Infinity (Ellen Curtis, Matthew LeDrew)7. How did you get involved with Engen?
I read some of my work at Scott Bartlett’s open source book launch. LeDrew and Curtis were there, and I was encouraged to submit for Sci Fi from the Rock 10.

8. What is your favorite Engen Book?
Infinity. I’m excited to explore more of their offerings!

9. What (professionally) would you most like to accomplish?
Full-time writer.

10. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Matthew: I tried this already, when I got a Master of Library and Info Science. Now it’s time that I started building that writing career I set aside because I was afraid of the “starving” part of “starving artist.”

11. What profession would you not like to do?
Until I’m a full-time writer, I’d prefer to avoid mentally demanding jobs; I want to have a working mind left by the time I get home so I can get to writing.

12. What’s Next?
A juggling act. I’d like to do more with local volunteering NPO Sandbox Gaming, get my writing going, learn to cook better than just adding fire to food, and improve my fitness. Among other things.

Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us Matt! We can’t wait to see what you do next! 🙂


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