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Matthew Siegerd

Daemon's Deck, fiction, Issue 27, June 1, 2014

I hail from Lancaster, Pennylvania and attended Juniata College. I currently live in central Florida and work as a systems analyst in the software industry. I enjoy archery, swimming, strategy gaming, and historical films and novels.

Get to know Matthew...
Birthday? August 17, 1982
When did you start writing? I began writing seriously in high school, around 2000, and have tried out several genres and types of stories while refining my techniques, especially in planning and editing.

When and what and where did you first get published? I published some science fiction ebooks years ago when I was in college, but I did not have nearly as much experience or critical feedback, and so those works come across as amateurish, despite some positive reviews. With a more critical group of colleagues to help me with my work, I now have a much stronger support base from which to draw, and have started to focus on the epic fantasy genre.
What themes do you like to write about? I like to write stories about characters who succeed through their training, ingenuity, and critical decision-making, rather than inborn gifts. Putting them through difficult scenarios with no clear path to victory forces them to grow as characters and allows readers to debate their decisions. 

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? I enjoy reading books about history and historical dramas, especially since learning about real-world events and ways of life helps me to build imaginary worlds. As such, I enjoy the adventure and worldbuilding of novels by Steven Pressfield and Ian Fleming. Within genre fiction, I particularly enjoy H.G. Wells, Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, and Ray Bradbury.

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