New Signing! What the Children See, by Matthew Hoople

Tick-Tock Tick-Tock Tick-Tock

Each tock of the clock both locks and mocks you, teasing you with the knowledge that, when your time runs out, you will die.

Time is more than an abstract concept; it is the price we pay in order to live.

Matthew HoopleWe are absolutely delighted to announce that we have a brand spanking new Inkling, and he couldn’t be cuter. Please give a warm welcome to Steampunk novelist Matthew Hoople, a cheeky chappy from New York who stole our hearts with his emotive prose and pithy dialogue. We fell a little bit in love with this guy when we found out that for his final paper in the senior year of his BA in English Literature, he wrote a one hundred and twenty page Doctor Who screenplay. Anyone following our Facebook page will know how obsessed we all are with Doctor Who, so between this and his wonderful novel, we are convinced that Matthew will be very much at home here.

Doctor Who isn’t the only classic Matthew loves, as much of his inspiration for writing comes from the work of Ray Bradbury, with other inspirations including Existentialist writer Jean-Paul Satre, American author Anne Tyler, and Fantasy writer Clive Barker. The subjects that Matthew loves to read (and write) the most are stories including both phantasmagoria, and philosophical questions for the reader.

After college, Matthew went on to intern as a copy-editor for the magazine publication Afterimage, and it was here that he first came up with the concept for his debut novel, What the Children See, the first in a fast-paced and thought-provoking trilogy, A Shadow’s Tale.

We are hoping to see book one hit the shelves in early 2016, but to give you a little sneak peak of what this tale is all about, we asked Matthew what the titular Shadow was, and how it impacted the story:

Matthew Hoople

The Shadow refers to that lingering thought in the back of every person’s mind: Death. It is an inevitability, always there, but not always acknowledged. A Shadow’s Tale is a tale about something often left unspoken, unnoticed, but always there… it’s a story relating to death, a theme particularly strong with two characters: Auir – who is incapable of accepting his wife’s mortality – and Steven – who battles with suicidal thoughts while trying to cope with the loss of his family.

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait! Stay tuned for a more in-depth interview with Matthew, and more details on his amazing new novel What the Children See.

You can follow him on his brand new Facebook page, where he will be keeping every up to date on the progress of not only his debut novel, but also its sequels, Why the Children Fear, and Child, No Longer.

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