A question for Matthew Gomez

Q: Do you write with a particular audience in mind?

A: I’ve tried in the past to write with a particular audience in mind, and each of those stories has failed. In The Emotional Craft of Fiction, Donald Maass writes, “The novelist…is not causing readers to feel as the novelist does, or as his characters do, but rather inducing for each reader a unique emotional journey through a story.” That line took a lot of pressure off me as a writer by helping me realize I have no control over how a reader interprets my work. That boils down to each reader’s life experiences and preferences. Now, I write to entertain myself or work through an idea I find challenging. I do my best to explore ideas in a way I find interesting, and I hope that my readers experience some of the same wonder reading my stories that I felt while writing them.


Matthew Gomez’s story “Right Behind You
in Metaphorosis Friday, 12 November 2021.
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About Matthew Gomez

Matthew Gomez believes that a story’s magic lies in its ability to transpose us into another being’s existence, and that the empathy learned there helps us grow in uncharted ways. He serves as the podcast editor for Metaphorosis Magazine and is a graduate of Regis University’s Mile-High MFA program. One of his earliest heartbreaks occurred when he learned his best friend had lied when he promised hoverboards, like those in Back to the Future Part II, would be available to the public in the mid-90’s. It’s still the litmus test he uses to determine whether we’ve made it to the future he dreamt of during his childhood.

Find him online at www.gomezwrites.com or on Twitter at @golongria.


Matthew Gomez’s story “Right Behind You
in Metaphorosis Friday, 12 November 2021.
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