Today we’re joined by Mat. Mat is a wonderful aspiring writer who is currently working on a project that will include multiple characters, many of whom will be LGBTQ+. He writes a wide variety of genres, including horror and fantasy, and has a fondness for myths. It’s very clear he’s incredibly dedicated to his writing, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I write, well type (as I have the hand writing of a salamander) myths, occasional horror stories, several types of fantasy, I try to stay away from romance in my stories as I don’t really understand it but yeah. I’m working on a bigger project at the moment, that has a vast multitude of characters, and will include most of the different identities with the LGBTQ+ spectrum, it also includes magic, gods and goddesses, characters are splattered across the timeline of earth (not just in the past but also in the future (with a couple in present time).
OH I almost forgot I also have an interest on making a completely gender neutral line of t-shirts (i.e. anyone can wear them and they will look good and like they belong on you)
What inspires you?
In my writing, my friends, my family, the people I encounter day to day, music, TV.
In life well yes my friends/family and everyday people, but I find that the YouTuber Casey Neistat is very inspirational, oh jeez there’s a long list of people I find inspirational, my great grandmother who graduated high school in the early 1900s when she was 13, my dad the first person in my family to go to college, my sister the first person from my family to go to university, I learnt through from all the people that I look up to that you never really fail unless you stop trying to get back up.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve always been writing, when I was younger I wrote about dragons and many different versions of the end of the world, and now although what I write about has changed I still like to bring characters back.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Erm no not at the moment, I also don’t really have a symbol anyways
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
I answered this with a bit of ….. not so nice language (p.s. I’m not rude though)
It’s okay to relax, it’s okay to be late once in a while, it’s okay to get things wrong, it’s okay not to have an opinion on something, it’s o-fucking-k to not care, it’s okay to spend hours upon hours working on something only to hate it afterwards, it’s okay, your art’s okay, you’re okay, your hatred of your art is okay, it might be absolutely fucking beautiful, it may be starry night V.2 and if you hate it, that is okay, you may have done absolutely fuck all, all day and you’re exhausted that’s okay.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as asexual
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
No I have been lucky enough not to encounter it
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That I’m a plant, obviously I’m fucking not, and also people say asexual isn’t a sexuality have usually no idea what a fucking homonym is but are the first group of people to bring out the dictionary definition
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Referencing my above post, its okay, I’ve been out for a year, and although it’s Scary as all fuck, its okay, there’s nothing wrong with you, you ain’t fucking broken, you’re perfect the way you are, you’re okay, it’s okay, also don’t come out until you are 1001% ready, don’t worry about coming out if you don’t feel safe, if you don’t feel 100% certain you’re ready, even if you’re at 99.9% don’t do it, it can be a scary thing coming out do it when you’re for sure you’re ready.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
If there’s enough interest I will start a new blog and post my work there (eventually my major project as well)
Thank you, Mat, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.