Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Woeful Spotlight: Chris Matteini

What's the weirdest travel experience you've ever had? 
 I went abroad to Galway, Ireland with two of my best boys Spring semester of junior year in college. We went travelling on the main land after the semester had ended. We said our goodbyes in Paris and split up. My one buddy was headed to Denmark, the other to the northern coast of Spain, and I had my heart set on the southern coast. After however many hours on the EuroRail, I decided I didn’t want any more train, so I hoped off in Madrid. It was the night before my 21st birthday. I was asking around for a good club, and I met a guy who called himself Toro. He had me over for a couple beers and a sandwich. We met up with his friends and were hanging outside in a city square. I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned. It was the buddy who had planned on being on the northern coast. He had decided last minute to stay on the train and hit up Madrid. He says, “Weird, huh?” I say “Yeah,” because it totally was. We were really in tune those days, always experiencing big synchronicities. Anyway, we tied one on that night for my birthday and went our separate ways as the sun came up.

How did your now wifey react when your tooth popped out while wandering around Yellowstone Park?
We had come all the way across the country and were headed to our destination, San Francisco, the next day. We were reflecting on our trip and our future and basking in the glory of Yellowstone. A beautiful moment. Then my tooth feel out. Again. We both laughed pretty hard.

Where did you get the inspiration for your novel?
San Francisco was my muse. Angel Island was my muse. A door on the roof of the building next to mine, opening only inches from the ledge with only a shoddy wooden railing before it, became my obsession.

If you could have 3 wishes granted, what would they be?
1. A house on a lake in New Hampshire.
2. More Radiohead albums.
3. To see a movie of my dreams.

Who is your all-time favorite writing instructor and why? ;)
I had been writing my story for close to five years when I finally decided to take a class. Eight weeks under the tutelage of Kyle Cranston, and I was able to finish my draft with greater depth and passion, head back to the beginning and start improving every sentence.

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