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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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Book 4 Release Date and Title

Hi there! Just a quick post to update you on Book 4 in the Housekeeper series. The release date is 11/13/23. The title is A Season for Solitude. As usual, I’m not doing pre-orders. But I’ll be posting reminders here, in my newsletter, and on socials. Looking forward to sharing it[…]

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Author Birthdays: Judith Viorst

For this February’s birthday, I’m picking Judith Viorst. Why I picked her: You may have noticed a theme amongst the authors I enjoy…I like to laugh. Enter Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I discovered the book when I first read it to my (much) younger siblings. I[…]

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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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