Mathew Allan Garcia

The Seer of Black Thorn, fiction, March 1, 2015

When did you start writing? I started writing early on when I was in junior high, but I had an interest in books before that. I remember we had a project in 3rd grade to make our own books and I wrote this rad 'book' about an octopus that dragged boats into sea. It was rad to me anyway. I took a long break and just recently took it up again.

When and what and where did you first get published? My first story ever published was a piece of flash on First Stop Fiction entitled "Petra" about two years ago. It's from the POV of a man who committed suicide by tossing himself in a lake and as punishment is trapped in his body and is tormented by the presence of his loved on as she grieves for him.

What themes do you like to write about? I write a lot about the grieving process. Of losing someone you care very much about and about that fear. I write a lot of different genres, mainly fantasy and horror. I haven't had the courage to try my hand at sci-fi just yet, but I aim to. 

What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? There's really so many out there. The first book I read was IT by Stephen King. I read it at an early age—probably too early—but it made me love reading and want to write. I remember all of my early work emulated King's.

Mathew Allan Garcia lives in Los Angeles with his wife, three dogs and his bear-dog hybrid, Zansa. His work has been published or is forthcoming on Goldfish Grimm's Spicy Fiction Sushi, Shotgun Honey, Swamp Biscuits & Tea, B O D Y Literature among others. He serves as the fiction editor for Pantheon Magazine and sometimes, between it all, he has a chance to breathe.