With six published books to his credit and over a dozen of his works featured in short stories, “The Thing in the Woods” or “Little People Big Guns” by author and University alumnus Matthew W. Quinn Georgia, would not necessarily reflect a background in headline-based history and journalism.
Quinn told the Banner-Herald that the origins of his career as a horror, dark fantasy, and speculative fiction writer go back to his time as a student at Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
“I knew the late Dr Barry Hollander, who had written short horror novels for magazines,” Quinn said. “He agreed to review my stories before I send them for publication.”
Quinn made improvements based on Hollander’s suggestions, and many stories were published, including “I am the Wendigo,” which was sold to the now defunct webzine Chimaera Serials when Quinn was still an undergraduate student. .
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While writing for the Red & Black, Quinn learned to streamline his content production and organizational skills that would later help him organize book signings and convention appearances. Quinn was also a reporter for the Griffin Daily News and editor of the Johns Creek Herald.
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When asked for advice for aspiring writers or those experiencing a creative block, Quinn recommended using online writing prompts to start, or rewriting someone else’s story. using your own words or from another character’s point of view.
To help speed things up when the going gets tough, Quinn offered a tip that allows the writer to skip the tough parts of a story and come back to them later.
“For my sequel to ‘The Battle for the Wasteland’ ‘Serpent Sword’, I had earlier chapters with lots of blanks while I worked on content later in the book that I could finish faster.
Quinn will appear at Spidee’s Toys, Comics and Collectibles Fair in Braselton on Saturday. For detailed information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/517312435973072.