Ep 11. Matt Young: Writing War When You Are Not the Hero
By Nate Eckman
Matt Young is the author of Eat The Apple, which has been called the “Iliad of the Iraq War.” His memoir received glowing - and not-so-glowing - remarks from critics. The reason for the latter lies in Matt’s vulnerability. Though equipped with the pen, Matt chooses not to write himself as a hero in his own book. Instead, he degrades his existence. Sparring no detail, Matt describes his infidelity toward his then fiancée, his obsession with masturbation, and abuse toward junior Marines. In this interview, we talk about this “Matt" and why he chose to make him his protagonist. Moreover, we talk about the writing process and how he discovered that he was a writer. In short: writing is rewriting. Though originally a fiction writer, Matt continued to write nonfiction and succumbed to this habit - which led to the production of his first book. Following the release of this book, Matt landed a position as assistant professor at Centralia College. There he teaches the next generation of writers about prose and storytelling. Also since the release of Eat the Apple, Matt has started writing his second book, which is aligned with his first love, fiction. If you want to follow Matt you can find him on twitter (@mcyoung0) and Instagram (@youngmattc). To follow his tour dates, recent publications, or to say hi head to mattyoungauthor.com. Listened to the show? Let me know what you think here!