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Housekeeper Series Info

I’ve been getting questions about what’s happening next with the Housekeeper series so I thought I’d give you some quick info on what I have planned. Q: Are there more books coming? A: First, thanks for reading! Second, yes! There are seven books planned in the current plot arc. Q:[…]

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Author Birthdays: Norton Juster

For this June birthday, I’m picking Norton Juster. Why I picked him: The Phantom Tollbooth. I read it in elementary school, and it made a huge impression on me. Why? It’s funny. It’s a delicious bit of fantasy with a character that I think most people can easily identify with. Juster plays[…]

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Author Birthdays: Edna St. Vincent Millay

For this early spring 2022 edition, I chose Edna St. Vincent Millay. Why I picked her: You might be thinking, “Matteson, you’re a fantasy writer—what’s up with the poetry recommendation?” I’m guessing that it won’t surprise you to hear that I love words—I am a writer after all. And the thing I[…]

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Author Birthdays: Lloyd Alexander

For this January 2022 edition, I chose Lloyd Alexander. He was an American author (I always thought he was British!) who wrote 40+ books. He’s perhaps best known for his children’s and ya fantasy books. Why I picked him: The Chronicles of Prydain was the first fantasy series I read. Sure, I’d read[…]

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Author Birthdays: Charlaine Harris

For this November 2021 edition, I chose Charlaine Harris. She is a New York Times bestselling author with multiple series, several of which are supernatural in nature. Why I picked her: Harris has been a big influence on my own writing. I first found her through her Sookie Stackhouse series—it was part[…]

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Ursula K. Le Guin and N.K. Jemisin

I’m back for another installment of author birthdays!* For this fall’s edition, I’m writing about Ursula K. Le Guin for October, with a bonus salute to N.K. Jemisin for September. Ursula K. Le Guin Birthday: October 21 Reason I chose her: She’s one of the best sci-fi and fantasy writers we’ve[…]

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Author Birthdays: Susan Cooper and Rachel Caine

In a continuation of my “birthdays of authors you might enjoy” series, I’m bringing you two author birthdays: one for May and a bonus April author. (As usual, I’m featuring authors whose work you should be able to find in a library, but I’m also including affiliate links to Amazon[…]

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Author Birthdays: Douglas Adams

I’m starting my Author Birthdays series with Douglas Adams, whose birthday is March 11. “Um, Matteson,” you might be thinking. “Why start with this dude? Particularly since he wrote science fiction, and you write fantasy.” Well, Adams has had a huge impact on my writing aesthetic. When people ask me[…]

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Book Release: A Talent for Trouble

Yippee!!! Book 3, A Talent for Trouble is out in the world today. I’m thrilled to be able to share Finn and Fuzzy’s latest adventures. In addition to finding out what Finn and Fuzzy have been up to, Book 3 also introduces some new friends and foes. Here’s the official[…]

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