Well, seems Inquisitor Makhell has gone and grabbed the author of one of my recent reads, Light of the Radiant. The same author did the cover for my own short story, Black Martlet. As well as that, he’s head his head in and out of writing Warhammer and such games for longer than I can remember. But now, now he’s being pulled and prodded and whatnot by the Samorlians, and he’s telling all. He is, of course, Matthew Ward:
1. If I gave you an elk, where would you hide it?
“Next to the coatrack. We never have enough hat storage.”
2. Why would you be hiding it? Weird.
“Sorry, son. You’re not cleared for that information. Maybe when you’re older.”
3. Tell us something about your work in progress?
“1940s mystery. Slavic folklore and conspiracy at the height of the Blitz. Murder, loss, and family. Contains mild historical references and a Model T Ford.”
4. If you were a tree, what tree would you be and why?
“Number 3 – the Larch. I think the projector may be stuck.”
5. Were you an avid reader as a kid?
“Much moreso than now. Helped that there was a library up the hill. Not that I ever branched that far out from Sci-Fi and Fantasy.”
6. Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
“A hunter – at least, until it gets boring.”
7. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
“Purple. In purple, I look stunning.”
8. What was the last gift you gave someone?
“A Supergirl plushie.”
9. What were you like in high school – nerdy, sporty, etc…?
“Awful, and bored.”
10. What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
“Star Wars: Rebels. You did see what the first two words were, didn’t you? That’s why.”
11. What do you want to be when you grow up?
“Not sure that’s ever gonna happen. I don’t think we’re supposed to feel like we’ve got it all figured out. At least not if we want to stay (reasonably) sane.”
12. Describe the colour green to somebody who is blind.
“Like every negative thought you’ve ever had, judging you. Silently.”
13. Who would win a fight between Frodo and Sam?
“Sam, but only if Frodo didn’t beat himself up first. Of course, Sam would then beat himself up, so it’s probably more like a no-score draw.
Merry, though? He’d shiv them both in a heartbeat. He’s seen things, has Merry, and doesn’t take prisoners.”
14. A white rabbit hops through the door right now wearing a helmet. What does he say and why is he here?
““I can’t see a thing in this helmet.” Turns out he’s fleeing a Jedi master who won’t take no for an answer. Jedi are weird.”
15. What’s your favourite game, be it video, board or tabletop?
“Dark Souls. Number 3, if we’re counting them as separates. Unusual mechanics, beautiful worldbuilding, and heart-rending lore that never resorts to ‘showy’ or ‘crude’. I like games that have a good variety of avatar-building. Helps me try out names and looks for characters.”
16. The last book you read was…?
““The Aldwych Branch” by Anthony Badsey-Ellis & Mike Horne. There’s a lot of London Underground research going on right now – pile of books nearly a foot tall. They all have to be read. So long as I get one useful thing from each, I’m doing okay. So far, we’re on track.”
17. Supercar, Superbike or Superboat, and why?
“Car. I’m nowhere near the sea, and I have atrocious balance. Honestly? I’m more of a helicopter man. Unless one of the above can talk. That changes things.”
18. Where is your preferred writing space?
“The conservatory sofa. I find having plenty of light around helps a lot. It being winter right now, the conservatory’s like an ice box, so I’m trapped at my desk.”
19. When’s your next book out?
“November. Unless something else jumps up a space, which could happen.”
20. Do you have a question for me?
“Halberd or longbow?”
JP: “Ooh… Good question, Matthew. I like the fact that both keep the bastards away from me. I don’t want them getting up close now, do I? As much as I’d like the halberd, I think I’d see myself more of an archer, really. Like Bernard Cornwell’s Thomas of Hookton maybe.
There we have the answers to this latest interrogation, from author Matthew Ward. If you want to check out more of his many published books, check out his website, Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads pages. Also, you might wanna buy his bloody books!
I’m off to bed now. Nighty night.