Creative Writing Corner Episode 4: Matthew Harrill on Building Your Worlds (part 2)

Welcome to part 2 of my interview with Matthew Harrill, my favorite contemporary British author of books of blood and darkness. Listen in as he delves ever deeper into the writing process, showing us how to build mood and suspense and character and plot. It’ll give you shivers. You’ll love it.

(If you haven’t listened to part 1 yet, go do that now! We’ll wait.)

We also discuss fantasy greats Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, and Matt shares a lesson from his own mentor, David Farland (who also mentored Sanderson, as well as Twilight author Stephenie Meyer).

Once you’ve listened to this lesson, go do the homework assignment Matt and I give you. It’s all about opening hooks and closing hooks, and the more you practice it, the more compelling your fiction will be.

And don’t forget to check out Matt’s website ( and pick up a copy of The Eyes Have No Soul, on sale now!

(Reminder: Matt is donating a portion of the proceeds of sales from The Eyes Have No Soul to type 1 diabetes research. So go buy it!)

If you’d like to hear more of Matt’s views on fiction, or more details on his books and the horror genre in general, check out my archived episodes with him from the Fun with Fiction podcast:

That’s all for now, fellow scribes. Join me back here next time for a lovely lesson on creating killer characters.  Peace!