My current project is a Young Adult Sci-fi trilogy called Askers Well. The story centers on 17-year-old Brenn Bailey, who is trying to reacclimate herself back into home life after spending three years in a city-run behavioral rehabilitation center. However, the town’s leader, and a time portal known as Askers Well, put a damper on Brenn’s plans to live a simple, unassuming life. I wrote Book 1, Askers Well, during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2014 and plan to draft Book 2, The Exile of Edon, in November 2015.
I have participated in NaNoWriMo since 2009 when one of my best friends introduced me to the event and challenged me to push my creativity to the limit. Since then, I have reached the 50,000 word goal five years in a row, and I continue to write fiction to honor our friendship.
I write marketing copy professionally, but nothing frees my creativity like crafting the words of my own story. I can’t draw, I play music badly, so writing is my go-to form of expression. I hope future readers will find inspiration, truth, and wonder in the stories I write.
My writing process is a mixed bag – sometimes I approach it with the confidence of a seasoned pro, and other times I’m more like Doc Brown from Back to the Future, jotting notes down haphazardly on anything I can find. Most often, I carry around a composition book and a pen, and head to a local park where I sit near the river and write scenes long-hand. I’ve also been known to sketch and storyboard parts of my story – badly. I find that even stick figures help me visualize the characters and the world I’m creating.
Matt Orlando is the author of the upcoming Askers Well series, and voice behind the blog known as Blunderstone Rookery, where he invites readers to explore the best parts of writing and books. He believes that a writer’s journey is one to be celebrated and encouraged. On Twitter, Matt supports fellow writers by highlighting the best tweets of the week using the hashtag #5FridayFavs, and volunteers at his local library talking with teen writers about the importance of creative thought and storytelling.