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Mark Matthews has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. He is the author of five novels, including On the Lips of Children, MILK-BLOOD, and All Smoke Rises. All of his novels are based on true settings, many of them inspired by his work as a counselor in the field of mental health and treatment of addiction. He's the editor of the anthology GARDEN OF FIENDS: TALES OF ADDICTION HORROR. He lives near Detroit with his wife and two daughters. Reach him at xmarkm@gmail.com


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Mark Matthews I love to listen to music as I write, and all of my books have a 'theme song', as much for content as tone. For example, my book On the Lips of…moreI love to listen to music as I write, and all of my books have a 'theme song', as much for content as tone. For example, my book On the Lips of Children was written to the tone of Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes (and some of the lyrics were spot on too.) My book Stray I listened to Heroin by Lou Reed/Velvet Underground. When writing Milk-Blood, I literally put the song Inna Gadda Da Vida on repeat. All Smoke Rises was written to Florence + The Machine. As I work on my own title for the Garden of Fiends: an addiction horror anthology, I'm listening to Not An Addict by K's Choice and a bit of Godsmack. (none of this is the mellowness of Donavan. Superman and Green Lantern, got nothing on me, however). Thanks again for the question!(less)
Mark Matthews Thanks for writing. Perhaps of the coolest feedback I have had about the book is some who have said "You aren't a proponent of religion" and others…moreThanks for writing. Perhaps of the coolest feedback I have had about the book is some who have said "You aren't a proponent of religion" and others who wrote "I didn't know you were so religious." My question that I have, more for myself than yourself, is if a perfect God intervenes in our daily lives? is God a conscious entity or an energy? (your statement of a perfect God i think speaks to of what I have heard some biblical scholars explain of why God could not save Jesus on the cross, for he could not be a part of sin). Overall, I would guess you would not like the story, but its hard to tell, since it doesn't necessarily discuss God specifically as much as the catholic ritual of communion, isolation, and those who pervert and twist religion. I like to call myself a metaphysical christian, and believe in the spiritual tenets of the story of the resurrection, that upon being crucified our spirit can be set free, that after harrowing hell, we can then ascend to salvation. The story, in a way, recreates this resurrection.

If you want to give it a try, I'll gladly refund your money if it doesn't suit your tastes. I'll gift you something of equal value or paypal you the amount. It's a quick read.

(So I fear to hit submit on this answer since I will most likely want to edit it moments from now, and I will also probably change my beliefs a moment from now. I am not one for a lot of certitude. Thanks again! and truly, all the best. )(less)
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Mark Matthews Kristy wrote: "Can't wait to read On the Lips of Children!"

Thanks Kristy! I'm pretty proud of it, and it certainly seems to match your tastes.


Kristy Can't wait to read On the Lips of Children!


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Mark Matthews Angie wrote: "I loved On the Lips Children Mark, and I really looking forward to reading your other books:) The image of Q and T is stuck in my head, it's good when a book can leave an impression like that"

Thanks Angie! I appreciate it. I think of them often as well.


message 2: by Angie (last edited Oct 21, 2013 05:44PM)

Angie I loved On the Lips Children Mark, and I really looking forward to reading your other books:) The image of Q and T is stuck in my head, it's good when a book can leave an impression like that


Richard Thomas good luck with Kraken!


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