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Without further ado, welcome to Unwritten again, Matt. And I say again because you've been here before, as the winner of the "What'd Ya Say" dialogue writing contest in August of last year. Now, tell us a little about yourself. What do you do when you're not writing about magically-inclined teenagers?
I've been perusing your book's website, and came across this description:
The School of the Ages series, set to be five books in length, tells the tale of the young magician Leicester Moore, who calls himself Simon Magus, as he develops his magical power at America's Greatest Magic School -- School of the Ages. Simon is accompanied in his painful growth by an exciting cast of allies and enemies, including his best friend, Goldberry, a tart-tongued and beautiful English girl; Robbie Ravitz, his roommate who likes to summon elementals; Yakov Mermelstein, a big and volatile Chasidic cabalist; his stern teacher Dr. Solomon Archer; and many many more. It's NOT Harry Potter -- it's real magic in the world we know -- it's School of the Ages.I can see why some might compare your books to Harry Potter, so for the sake of our readers here, what makes School of the Ages (and its protagonist Simon) different from that other series?
Have you always wanted to be a writer, or did you have other occupations on your "when I grow up" list?
From my snooping, I discovered that you moved to NYC from Florida in 1999. How has that move influenced your career, and what are the ins an outs of living in such a large city?
It looks like you earned your MFA (Masters in Fiction Writing) from the University of Alabama in 1996. I've asked this of other authors. Did you find the program worth it in terms of time and money spent, and would you recommend other aspiring writers to consider getting their MFA?
If you've seen any of my other author interviews here, you know everyone gets a random question. Here is yours: What is on the walls of the room in which you are sitting?
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Finally, Mr. Posner, would you mind sharing an excerpt from the School of the Ages series?
I was standing on a dirt road with grassy slopes on either side. Pine trees and large boulders and a rippling brook were nearby. The sun shone in a cloudless sky. Booming thumps from behind me. I turned.
A man the size of a building was behind me. He wore leather sandals, a loincloth, and a Robin Hood hat and held a wooden club as long as a pickup truck.
“Fee fi fo fun,” he trumpeted. “I am the giant Cormoran. I smell the blood of a magician.”
Was this some kind of mind trick I’d never heard of before? I didn’t like it, and I wanted out. I responded. “Fee fi fo fred. Get off my case and go soak your head.”
The giant’s shadow engulfed me as he lowered his face toward me. That face was Level Three’s face turned monstrous. His breath was like a taco restaurant dumpster. “I’ll hurt you, little boy.”
“You look like a giant,” I said, “but you need to grow up.”
Thank you SO much for appearing on Unwritten. I do hope you can make it back here very soon!
Matt is giving away the first four (4) handwritten, signed pages of his manuscripts for The Ghost in the Crystal and Level Three's Dream, shipped by him to a US or Canadian winner!
Please take advantage of this very unique prize and leave a comment with your email like this: mystiparker(at)yahoo(dot)com.
I will draw a winner exactly one week from today. Good luck!!
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and scraped clean before it is hung to dry. Not really.