Author Matthew Kirby grew up in a variety of locales across the United States because of his Navy dad’s career, but the common thread of his life has been the love of a good story. His books include the fantastical historical fiction “The Clockwork Three” and the mysterious viking adventure “Icefall,” both tremendous tales which whisk readers away with tantalizing suspense and believable characters. Enjoy this interview with Matthew and find out about his latest projects.
Q: One of your latest projects is book five in the Infinity Ring series. How did you come to have the opportunity to write one of the books in this series?
Matthew: I received a call from David Levithan one day. He described the multi-platform project to me, and it pushed all my buttons from the beginning. History, science fiction with time travel, and a fully integrated online computer game? This was exactly what I would have loved when I was a young reader. There wasn’t any way I could pass it up. I don’t know what went on behind the scenes before that phone call, but I’m so excited and grateful David offered me this opportunity.
Q: How has your approach to writing a book in a collaborative series been different from writing single books?
Matthew: Well, at the most fundamental level, it’s no different. A good story is a good story, and the essential elements remain the same. Each of us has had to come up with our own compelling setting, centered on an interesting historical event or events, and then go with the characters on that adventure. The difference has been the way we’ve had to keep one eye on the over-arching plot of the series. For that we’ve had several conference calls and met together in New York. The experience of that collaboration has been amazing.
Q: Were there any unexpected challenges for you in writing a book which is part of a collaborative series?
Matthew: There really weren’t any unexpected challenges. I went into the project aware that the writing process would be different from my previous books. I’d be writing characters created by someone else (James Dashner did a brilliant job), and I knew I’d have to be true to them. I’d be picking up the characters’ journeys where someone else had left off. But I welcomed those challenges and had a great time with the book.
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