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G.R. Matthews

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Geoff Matthews began reading in the cot. His mother, at her wits end with the constant noise and unceasing activity, would plop him down on the soft mattress with an encyclopaedia full of pictures then quietly slip from the room. His father, ever the pragmatist, declared, that they should, “throw the noisy bugger out of the window.” Happily this event never came to pass (or if it did Geoff bounced well). Growing up, he spent Sunday afternoons on the sofa watching westerns and Bond movies with the self-same parent who had once wished to defenestrate him. When not watching the six-gun heroes or spies being out-acted by their own eyebrows he devoured books like a hungry wolf in the dead of winter. Beginning with Patrick Moore and Arthur C Clar ...more

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G.R. Matthews Hi Kelley,

"Cool" heroines? I like to think so!

All the Forbidden List books have family at their core - close and extended. Certainly, in book 2 and 3 …more
Hi Kelley,

"Cool" heroines? I like to think so!

All the Forbidden List books have family at their core - close and extended. Certainly, in book 2 and 3 there are some exceedingly strong female characters that drive the story onwards.

In book 1 it is, I think, a little more subtle. However, some exceedingly important things happen in that book - and deal with the women who will become central to the story.

I'm proud of the many different female characters in the series. I hope they feel I did them justice.

Thanks for the question.(less)
G.R. Matthews Hey,

I've watched Kung Fu movies since I was a lad;Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Jet Li, Donnie Yen (< he is in the first book as a kind of nod, …more
Hey,

I've watched Kung Fu movies since I was a lad;Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Jet Li, Donnie Yen (< he is in the first book as a kind of nod, just spelled the name slightly differently). I studied Kung Fu for a bit as a lad, and some Judo.

But, more than that, Europe has been explored by so many fantasy authors in the past and now. We are comfortable with it, we know the tropes, the standards, the structures of its society... it is all so normal.

I wanted to write something a little different, even if I follow a similar structure of story. The different culture, the different foods, tastes and scenery all make it more interesting for me to write.

It is a kind of niche (did myself out of thousands of sales that way) that is explored too little... I wanted to discover a new country, a new society.

I hope I did it some justice!(less)
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“Stubborness isn't a choice, it's a way of life.”
G.R. Matthews, Nothing Is Ever Simple

“I think the measure of advancement depends on where you are stood and from what distance you look. A thousand years ago, we farmed the fields, built towns and defended our land with swords and spears. It is little different now, save for the number of people we have to protect. We still kill with a sharp edge or point of metal, blood runs red still, sons ride off to war and parents grieve. If you look at the Empire in its whole, then it is peaceful. If you look closely, you will see the small wars, the bandits and rebellions. Look more closely still and you’ll see the petty crimes, the struggle to survive, the rich bleeding the poor. Even the soil can turn against its farmers, yielding few crops. Or the weather, a late frost killing the early crops. There is strife and conflict everywhere in the Empire. Everywhere you find men, you find conflict.”
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“The fear receded. It didn't disappear. It lurked in the shadows, its claws hooking into passing thoughts and twisting them, turning them from their purpose to its own. He held it back. It was the hardest fight of his life.”
G.R. Matthews, The Red Plains

“We're living in momentous times, Garion. The events of a thousand years and more have all focused on these very days. The world, I'm told, is like that. Centuries pass when nothing happens, and then in a few short years events of such tremendous importance take place that the world is never the same again."
I think that if I had my choice, I'd prefer one of those quiet centuries," Garion said glumly.
Oh, no," Silk said, his lips drawing back in a ferretlike grin. "Now's the time to be alive - to see it all happen, to be a part of it. That makes the blood race, and each breath is an adventure.”
David Eddings, Pawn of Prophecy

“Could you penetrate this palace, Prince Kheldar?" King Anheg challenged.
"I already have, your Majesty," Silk said modestly, "a dozen times or more."
Anheg looked at Rhodar with one raised eyebrow.
Rhodar coughed slightly. "It was some time ago, Anheg. Nothing serious. I was just curious about something, that's all."
"All you had to do was ask," Anheg said in a slightly injured tone.
"I didn't want to bother you," Rhodar said with a shrug. "Besides, it's more fun to do it the other way.”
David Eddings, Pawn of Prophecy

“But there's a world beyond what we can see and touch, and that world lives by its own laws. What may be impossible in this very ordinary world is very possible there, and sometimes the boundaries between the two worlds disappear, and then who can say what is possible and impossible?”
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“Misty Sendaria," Silk said ironically. "Sometimes I'm amazed that the entire kingdom doesn't rust shut.”
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“The first thing the boy Garion remembered was the kitchen at Faldor's farm. For all the rest of his life he had a special warm feeling for kitchens and those peculiar sounds and smells that seemed somehow to combine into a bustling seriousness that had to do with love and food and comfort and security and, above all, home. No matter how high Garion rose in life, he never forgot that all his memories began in that kitchen.”
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