Matthew Iden

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I write fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, crime fiction, and contemporary literary fiction with a psychological twist.

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. Trips to Iceland, Patagonia, and Antarctica added to the creative pot, as well, and I started to put all those experiences to good use about eight years ago--thinking, dreaming, and writing.

Please email me at matt.iden AT matthew-iden.com, Tweet @CrimeRighter, or find me on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/matthew.iden.

The Marty Singer detective series is:
A Reason to Live (Marty Singer #1)
Blueblood (Marty Singer #2)
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Matthew Iden Hi Jackie - Thanks so much for writing and thanks also for trying out the marty books...I truly appreciate it.

While I have a Marty #7 outlined and…more
Hi Jackie - Thanks so much for writing and thanks also for trying out the marty books...I truly appreciate it.

While I have a Marty #7 outlined and started, my publisher has not given the green light for it. I certainly hope to continue the series as time and opportunity allow. If nothing else, I may share the first chapter of the new book with readers just to keep Marty "alive." Thanks so much for reading and supporting my writing...can't tell you how much it means to me! ~Matt(less)
Matthew Iden Hey Gary - Thanks so much for the kinds words; I'm glad you've enjoyed the series so far. I have a great time writing the Marty books and it's always…moreHey Gary - Thanks so much for the kinds words; I'm glad you've enjoyed the series so far. I have a great time writing the Marty books and it's always a blast hearing what readers like or connect with, or that they simply liked the books enough to reach out and let me know. Thanks very much; you made my day.

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A Voice from the Bottom of the World – Interview with Karen Peakes

(This post is the second in a series that I’ll be doing interviewing the people who helped me research and produce my latest novel, The Winter Over, a psychological suspense thriller set at the South Pole) When I was told Brilliance Audio was handling the audiobook narration for The Winter Over, I was thrilled: Brilliance ... [Read more...] Read more of this blog post »
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Description: Four unrelated murders. Nothing special in Washington DC. Not even good enough to make the evening news. But then a concerned police lieutenant approaches retired homicide detective Marty Singer with a simple fact that changes everything. They were all cops. In a race to stop the killings, Marty tackles the case from the outside, chasing the killer from deadly Southeast DC to the heart of the Virginia gangland, on a mission to stop the spilling of yet more <i><b>Blueblood</b></i>. <i><b>Blueblood</b></i>...coming soon.
A Reason to Live (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: In the late nineties, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide detective Marty Singer got to watch as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man. Twelve years later, the victim's daughter comes to Marty begging for help: the killer is stalking her now. There's just one problem: Marty's retired...and he's retired because he's battling cancer. But with a second shot at the killer--and a first chance at redemption--Marty's just found <i><b>A Reason to Live</b></i>. <i><b>[book:A Reason to Live|14121045]</b></i> is a full-length crime fiction novel of about 350 pages. Marty's story continues in <i><b>Blueblood</b></I> (August 2012) and <i><b>Signs</b></I> (October 2012). Look for more titles at [author:Matthew Iden|5313211].
Up A Rung (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Five Mafia wiseguys sweat it out as they wait for the phone call that will tell them who's been snitching on the gang for years. Is it Bonesy Carmiglia, the cassanova? Mike the Shark? Squeaky DeAngelo? Only one guy knows for sure, and he's not talking. When the call finally comes, the results are explosive, violent, and fatal...but did they nail the right guy? "Up a Rung" is the first short story in the crime fiction micro anthology [book:Three Shorts|13006238], and the master collection [book:One Bad Twelve|13571737]. The story is about 3,200 words long, or about 13 paperback pages. Learn more at my author page, [author:Matthew Iden|5313211].
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“a ragged jean jacket to guard against the bite of early December.”
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“Like, Well, there you go. Or, It is what it is. And, Well, what can you do? I suppose these one-offs are less idiotic than they seem on the surface. They're all a way of saying the same thing, that shit happens and you have to deal with it. You can try to ignore it, wait for it to go away. Maybe that works, but sometimes the knot won't untie itself and your attention is required. A thing you never expected, could not have predicted, suddenly becomes the foremost event in your life and no amount of wishing it away will work. In some cases, the event is small and the ramifications manageable. In my case, it affected everything. Forever.”
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“my life had been turned. But the rain can do that to you. The clean smell of water on pavement, the haze that tints everything in view; it makes everything seem dramatic. But I stood on the sidewalk anyway, the drops hitting me in the face, until long after her car’s taillights winked and were gone.”
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Matthew Iden ***JC***a.k.a. here.comes.trouble..aka.cricket.. wrote: "Hiya my new GR friend!... I look forward to checking out your works... and chatting!..."

Hi JC - Thanks! Same here. Happy reading!

matt i.


**jc** Hiya my new GR friend!... I look forward to checking out your works... and chatting!...


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Matthew Iden Michele wrote: "I posted a review of Blueblood here on Goodreads and Amazon. Thanks again! I enjoyed every second of the story!"

Michele, thank you so much. You've been such a great supporter of my work since we met here on GR. I can't thank you enough!

And I'm so glad you enjoyed Blueblood...the story came really easily to me (maybe too easy. The third book, Signs, has been more of a struggle). Here's hoping the others in the series keep flowing!

Happy holidays and I'll tak to you soon!
Matt


message 16: by Michele

Michele I posted a review of Blueblood here on Goodreads and Amazon. Thanks again! I enjoyed every second of the story!


Jacqueline Howett Thanks for your friendship Matthew. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving week!


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Matthew Iden Melissa wrote: "Hi Matt, Sorry I'm just now seeing your reply..."

Hi Melissa - No problem. I'm getting almost overwhelmed by my GR notifications and messages...time to start "digesting" and paring down some lists. :)

Thanks for your well-wishes and thanks also for picking up A Reason to Live. I hope you enjoy it (and Blueblood).

cheers,
matt


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Matthew Iden Melissa wrote: "Hi Matthew or do you prefer Matt?,

Thank you very much for the friend invite! I've had "A Reason To Live" in my sites. Looking forward to checking it and your others all out! Have an awesome night..."


Hi Melissa - Thanks so much for the kind words! I'm somewhat new to Goodreads (joined in 2007, but almost totally inactive until a few months ago) and have met a ton of great people and readers here. It's been wonderful encouragement to this indie writer. :)

I'll see you around GR!
matt

p.s. I'll be holding more Giveaways and contests soon, as I hope to release Blueblood , the sequel to A Reason to Live , in early-mid August. I'll let all my GR friends know first!


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Jessica Matthew wrote: "Jessica wrote: "Hi, thanks for the friend request, your books look they are exactly what I love, so I can't wait for the chance to read one :)"

Hi Jessica - Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy them w..."


I enjoyed Stephen King's On Writing, it was a book I read quite some time ago, that was leant to me by my cousin. I really enjoyed reading about the process he goes through when writing, and all that he went through in order to get noticed in the world of writers. Definitely one I should read again!


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Matthew Iden Jessica wrote: "Hi, thanks for the friend request, your books look they are exactly what I love, so I can't wait for the chance to read one :)"

Hi Jessica - Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy them when you get a chance to read them. I should be holding another giveaway for A Reason to Live soon...I'll be pulling for you to win!

BTW, what did you think of Stephen King's On Writing?

Best,
Matt
A Reason to Live


message 10: by Jessica

Jessica Hi, thanks for the friend request, your books look they are exactly what I love, so I can't wait for the chance to read one :)


Matthew Iden Robert wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, Matthew."

Thanks as well, Robert. Best of luck with your writing!

~ matt


Matthew Iden Christine wrote: "thanks for being my friend"
You're welcome, and thank you, as well! Hope to bump into you around GR!

~ matt


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


Robert Thanks for the friend request, Matthew.


Matthew Iden Catie wrote: "Thanks for the friend request! I really love The Stars My Destination - one of my favorites!"

Hey Catie! Thanks for friending me back. You're the first person in a *while* I've met that's read 'Stars...how cool! I wish Bester had written more...two good novels and that's about it.

And you live in Woodbridge! Hope traffic on 95/495 isn't getting you down...I live in Alexandria and it can be a pain. Thank god for books :)

ciao, matt


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Catie Thanks for the friend request! I really love The Stars My Destination - one of my favorites!


Lucinda Dear Matthew,
I would like to thank you so much for your very unexpected friendship that i am most overwhelmed to have recieved. Goodreads is a fantastic site where one is able to converse with so many likeminded readers both authors and general readers, and as an aspiring author myself it is most useful & inspirational. Thank you also so much for the code of your book so that i can read it online; i am exceedingly obliged and i would like to thank you for hosting a book giveaway here on Goodreads, even one which this time i was unlucky not to win.
I look forward however to reading your work and wish you much sucsess, thank you once again.
Lucinda Xx


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Aline Hi Matt, thanks for the friend invite :)


Literary  Chanteuse Thanks for the friend invite! Look forward to reading the story!


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