So! I've signed up for this thanks to Melissa Maygrove. Let's get started. ^_^
Name: Mason T. Matchak. Real name, not a pen name, and yes I'm keeping the middle initial.
Fiction or nonfiction? Fiction. At least in writing. I once tried to tell my former boss I was fictional, and he asked if that meant he could pretend to pay me.
What genres do you write? Fantasy of various flavors. The book I'm working on now is somewhat magepunk because magic is an everyday thing, but I've written urban fantasy as well, and I'm working on some interplanar stories too.
Are you published? I had one short story published, back in 2007. It's called "The Crystal Girl", and appeared in issue #54 of Leading Edge, a small-press magazine.
Do you do anything in addition to writing? I have a day job, but. . . .
Where can people connect with you? Here at the blog, as @MasonTMatchak at Twitter, or via e-mail (address altered to foil spammers).
Is there anything else you’d like us to know? I'm really big on diversity in sci-fi and fantasy, and in fiction in general. The book I'm currently editing, The Accidental Warlock, has both LGBT and person-of-color characters, which I think we don't see often enough. I know things are changing, but it's a slow change, and I'm glad to help support it. Heroes don't have to be straight white people, simple as that.
I love the idea of New Adult and I wholly support those who write it; I think it's something missing from YA and Adult fiction and needs to become a recognized category. I just haven't listed myself as writing it because, well, I don't have anything that's NA planned. But considering how many plots I wrestle with regularly, that could change.
Other than that, I'm here to meet some new people and spread the word a bit. TAW is a ways from being ready to submit (if it's ready by the year's end, I'll be a little surprised), but I've been blogging about writing for long enough without really putting myself out there, so it's time to change that.
Hi. I'm Mason. It's good to meet you. ^_^