Author Interview: Matthew Turner (Beyond Parallel)1/04/2013
I definitely love the cover! :)
Matthew: Hi, thanks for having me. My name is Matthew Turner and I’m a writer. I’ve been writing for several years now, but it’s only been in the last couple that I’ve taken it to the next level.
The end result of this is Beyond Parallel, my debut novel that launches on the 8th January.
As well as fiction, I write non-fiction, too. I’m currently working on a new project called The Successful Mistake, as well blogging most days on my website, TurndogMillionaire.com
Ara: Interesting! And you are, indeed, busy! So, you write both Fiction and Non-Fiction books. Is one easier than the other?
Matthew: Good question. I’ve only just begun my first non-fiction project, but I feel it might be an easier process than writing fiction. Writing a novel is so precise. You have to consider the reader on so many levels and create a world that takes their imagination with it.
Non-fiction is more about the content, and the information on offer. It’s not to say the story isn’t important, but it’s less of an art form. This, in some ways, makes it easier, although if you ask me in a year’s time I may sing a different tune.
However, my current non-fiction project will take a long time and is very time intrusive. All in all, they are both completely different species. Like most things, they have the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Ara: Let’s talk about Beyond Parallel. I’ve learned that you started writing this in 2006 – after a heart wrenching breakup. Now, I don’t want to pry… (but it looks like I’m going to anyway), are you still friends with that girl? Does she know about Beyond Parallel? :)
Matthew: No we’re not, our time together was a complex one, and it ultimately made it impossible to remain friends. We tried, and who knows what the future holds, but at this stage in my life it’s nice to look back on.
And she does know, yes. We share many mutual friends so I believe it’s made its way through the grapevine. I’m not sure how she will take it overall. I’m sure she’ll love some parts and hate others. Saying that, I’m not sure if she’ll ever read it. I would imagine it would be hard to do so.
Ara: I would think so, too. Relationships, sometimes, are really complicated and it’s just a matter of how we deal with it – during and after. Well, I wish you both well.
I’ve read the book’s description and I have to say, I’m rather excited to learn more about Bella and Clark. And that particular ‘what if’ moment. The suspense is killing me, actually. Could you tell us a little bit more about the two characters (Bella and Clark)?
Matthew: The idea of what if has always fascinated me. I wanted to build the foundations of Beyond Parallel around this, and push Bella and Clark in the middle of it.
They are quite different from each other. Bella loves to love and is a real old fashioned romantic. Whereas Clark is terrified of commitment and has spent most of his life avoiding it. However, they both share a great deal of common ground, too. Their entire lives are ahead of them and they want to achieve so much. The problem with this is that much of it contradicts one another.
They are ultimately trying to find a balance where happiness can be found, and as I’m sure most young twenty-somethings appreciate, this is far from easy.
Ara: Hmmm.. They sound amazing! Let’s talk about the concept of ‘what if’. Most of us are probably familiar with that kind of moment, the ‘what if’ moment. I mean, there were circumstances in my life that I did wonder ‘what if’… What if I didn’t do this.. or that.. instead of this. Something like that. And I understand that Beyond Parallel clings to ‘what if’. What inspired you with that concept? Is it just the break up? Or something else?
Matthew: I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of what if, but it was the breakup that really brought it into fruition. For months I spent my time wondering about what might have been had I chosen differently, and it made me consider other moments in my life, too.
How I met my best friend, the jobs that I’ve had, the good times and the bad…
All I could think about were all the lives I could have lived. Life, when you think about it, is one giant butterfly effect, and it doesn’t only hinge on your decision, but others, too. In a way we’re all connected, and the decisions other people make determine so much about who we become. It’s bloody terrifying and amazing all in one.
Ara: I agree with you. I tend to see it that way sometimes as well. That we are somehow connected. So, what’s your biggest ‘what if’?
Matthew: My life is a montage of what ifs, so it’s hard to choose just one. I suppose it’s the breakup in 2006 that I think about the most, though. For instance, I wouldn’t be doing this interview right now that is for sure.
Beyond Parallel had one muse, and without her it wouldn’t have been written. I think 2006 was a big year for me and set some rather significant wheels in motion. I have no idea where I would be if I had said yes to her, but I wouldn’t be where I am now.
Ara: Wow… Well, you know what? I’m even more excited to read your book now. Not because I want to get a glimpse of what you may have experienced but knowing that it sorta came from some place real, I would imagine that it will make the story more relatable. Matthew, before we end the interview, I have some random questions for you. I hope you choose to answer them. I think it will be fun! :D
I have to ask. Coffee, sweet tea or hot cocoa?
Matthew: Black coffee! No sugar, no milk, and plenty strong
Ara: If you have to choose one fiction book as your absolute favorite, which book will it be? It’s a tough question :) But if you had to choose one, which book will it be?
Matthew: It is tough, but it’s between The Great Gatsby and Perks Of Being A Wallflower - I know, I cheated
Ara: Hah! Finally, who is your favorite ‘friend’ from F.R.I.E.N.D.S.?
Matthew: Hmmm, good question. I used to love Rachel growing up (ultimate crush), but now when I re-watch them I’m drawn to Monica. So I suppose it’s a toss-up between those two.
Ara: Oh, I love them both. This is actually a hard question for me. I’m an ultimate F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan and I love them all. I can’t choose just one. :) Thank you for your time today, Matthew! It’s really great to have you here @ My Book and My Coffee.
Matthew Turner is a young writer from Yorkshire, England. He writes both Fiction & Non-Fiction, but his latest project is Beyond Parallel, a coming-of-age novel that focusses on two young twenty-somethings.
After years of playing with the idea of writing, he decided to take things seriously in 2010. He took his four year old manuscript and ripped it apart; refining it, editing, and learning until the final copy was ready. That time is now!
As well as writing, Matthew acts as a consultant, speaker, and coach to fellow writers and entrepreneurs. With a passion for storytelling and creating brands with soul, he finds himself working with innovative, 21st-century minds.