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CSR Discussion Day: The Matchmaker by Arch Hunter



Did you read the twisty teen tale by The MatchMaker by Arch Hunter? What did you think of the ending? Not what you expected? LOL! Well, make sure you share your thoughts about the story or his interview answers below! 

Do you eat your fruits and vegetables?

I'm all about veggies; fruits not so much. I think veggies are far superior - you can roast, fry, boil, steam them. You can eat them raw, most of them. Literally hundreds of culinary applications! Fruits aren't bad, but most are hard to digest and full of sugar. Bananas are cool. Fun fact - I'm allergic to avocadoes, to give you a creative murder idea if I procrastinate a chapter for too long. Now, what was the question again?

If you were an animal, what would you be?

Probably a beaver, or a monkey. Both seem equally exciting. I'd probably go with a monkey to experience their social life and take long naps in the trees.

What’s one location you’d love to go to research for a story?

Most of my stories aren't very location-specific and I like to keep it that way. But if I could choose, I would go with a time period rather than a location, and it probably would be the Industrial Revolution era with its exciting inventions, discoveries, and huge social inequality. The world still seemed vast, just at the dawn of globalization. Provided I could survive there long enough to research for a story, this would be quite a time to be.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I spend time with my friends and family, learning new things, making music, reading, cooking, or playing video games. Last but not least, I like taking my dog to nice places.

What brought you to GA?

One of my Nifty readers recommended it to me a few years ago. He suggested that my stories would fit well on GA and looking back, he wasn't wrong!

When you get a story idea, do you use any particular method, app, program, etc., to expand it before you begin writing?

It differs from story to story. I'm really bad at planning long, intricate scenarios. Usually, I have an idea for the first few chapters and maybe the ending, and then I just start writing and see where it takes me. This way I end up with much more original and unpredictable outcomes, but sometimes I do write myself into a corner, especially if I post a story as I go. Instead of planning, I usually prefer to plant characters and events for myself to use later. This way I tend to surprise myself when a character I introduced a few chapters ago is not who I'd thought they were. That's what keeps me - and hopefully the readers - away from boredom.

The Matchmaker has a bit of a twist… did you start with the contemporary story idea or the twist during your plot?

It started with an idea of a troubled teenager and his friend with undefined supernatural powers. But when I came up with the twist, more layers came to my head one by one and I knew I had a story.

Do you identify with any one character in the story the most and why?

Not really! Looking back, I identify with most of my protagonists to some extent. But in this story, I made Kevin up from scratch and he's really nothing like me. Other characters in the story... well, they feel like people I could've known, but I don't identify with any of them. And I'm happy with it, because the readers still found them believable and relatable, even if not always likable. 

What’s your favorite line or scene in The Matchmaker?

There are many scenes I like in it, but my favorite is probably a phone call between Kevin and Sarah in Chapter 3. This is the scene I usually visualize first when I think about this story. It is extremely important to the plot, even if it doesn't seem so at first. I also like the emotional impact it has on Kevin. It's just a short dialogue with barely any narration, but it does so many things. I'm not always proud of my past work but in this one, I wouldn't change a thing.

Can you share a little about your current or upcoming work with readers?

I'm really bad at delivering promised work (proven record!), so I'd rather keep working in silence. But yes, I'm working, and a new story will drop when you least expect it.

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