I enjoy talking about and discussing the craft of writing: what works, what doesn’t, who’s exploring the edges of it. Some of it may be navel gazing, but since I’ve already had my fill of academic discussions in the past, I’m usually more interested in straight-talk about writing and literature that works and speaks to me.
If you feel the same way (and can put up with the occasional rant or technical discussion about epublishing–the field I’m in), then please join in.
I write fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, crime fiction, and contemporary literary fiction with a psychological twist. I’m probably best known as the author of the Marty Singer hard boiled detective novels–A Reason to Live, Blueblood, One Right Thing–all of which have been in Amazon’s Top 100 for Hard Boiled Detective fiction.
An eclectic resume–I’ve held jobs with the US Postal Service, international non-profit groups, a short stint with the Forest Service in Sitka, Alaska and time with the globe-spanning Semester at Sea program–has given me inspiration for short stories and novel ideas, while trips to Iceland, Patagonia, and Antarctica haven’t hurt in the creative juices department, either. A post-graduate education in English Literature wasn’t necessary, but it helped define what I didn’t want to do with my life and let me read a great deal of good books.
Please email me at matt.iden AT matthew-iden.com, Tweet @CrimeRighter, or find me on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/matthew.iden (you can also find more contact info including Amazon author pages, Goodreads pages on my Contact Me page).
I live in Alexandria, Virginia…close enough to the woods to keep my sanity, close enough to the Beltway to lose it.