13th Annual Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference: Matthew Kirby

May 22, 2012

As part of our continuing series of 2012 Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference faculty interviews with interviewer Carol Lynch Williams. Here is a sneak peek at the instructor for the Fantasy Class: Matthew Kirby

Carol Lynch Williams: What book most influenced you to write?
Matthew Kirby:
The book that most influenced me to write was A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.

CLW: If you had any advice for future-author hopefuls, what would it be?
MK:
The best advice I can think of is to read and write as much as you possibly can, and after that, give yourself permission to treat writing like any other career, rather than a hobby.

CLW: If you could work with any other author, who would it be?
MK: If I could work with any other author it would be M. T. Anderson. I would say Ursula K. Le Guin, but I don’t think I could be in her presence without being rendered incoherent.

CLW: What is your usual writing process?
MK: I usually sit down in the evenings after I get home from work and I’ve had dinner. I start by revising and fiddling with previous pages for a bit, and then dive into writing new material. I write for a couple of hours each night during the week, more on weekends, and full-days during the summer months.

Matt Kirby will be teaching the Fantasy Class at WIFYR this year. Register online today!

Matthew J. Kirby was been making up stories since he was quite small. He was less small when he decided he wanted to be a writer, and quite a bit larger when he finally became one. With a father in the military, Matthew has lived in many places, including Utah, Rhode Island, Maryland, California, and Hawaii. He received M.S. and Ed.S degrees in School Psychology from Utah State University, and he is the author of the middle grade novels The Clockwork Three (a Publishers Weekly Flying Start) and Icefall (winner of the 2011 Parents’ Choice Gold Medal).

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