About the Author
Matthew David Peterson

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Matthew Peterson Matthew Peterson is an award-winning short story writer, second degree black belt in karate, Eagle scout, computer programmer and former missionary. He lives in Arizona with his wife, five boys and their giant African tortoise.
Award-winning author, Matthew Peterson, has braved his way through the trenches of the book publishing industry, from spearheading a $150,000 nationwide ad, print and radio campaign, to creating his own illustrations, study guide, website and book cover, to producing his own audiobook, eBook and book trailer.

Matthew Peterson has spoken to over five million people through radio, television, and presentations at schools, libraries, conventions, and bookstores. In addition to receiving the Flamingnet TOP CHOICE Award, his young adult fantasy novel, Paraworld Zero, hit the BarnesAndNoble.com bestseller list, Amazon.com category bestseller list, and won or placed in over twelve book/audiobook contests. Paraworld Zero deals with the issues of self-esteem, abandonment, leadership, friendship, inequality and slavery. Reviewers are calling Matthew's book a "Harry Potter meets Star Wars!"

Quick Facts about Matthew David Peterson

1.  Born in 1975 and was raised in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada

2.  Has 6 brothers and 1 sister

3.  Practiced 12 years of Shotokan karate and is a 2nd degree black belt

4.  Received the Eagle award for Boy Scouts of America

5.  Graduated from Orem High School

6.  Served a 2-year, unpaid mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons)

7.  Met his wife (Alicia) on the first day of school after he got back from his mission (got engaged 11 days later--WOW!)

8.  Graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelors degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Information Technology

9.  He has five boys, two of whom are red-headed twins

10.  Currently lives in Arizona

11. Previously was the Director of I.T. at Barrett-Eastman Property Managment, ServiceOne Home Warranties, and Arizona Trade Masters

12. Loves to program with Visual Basic, C#, and .NET, and enjoys creating websites. Spends a lot of time editing video. Loves video games but never has time to play them.

13. Favorite Movies: Return of the Jedi and other Star Wars movies, Lord of the Rings, LadyHawke, The Princess Bride, Willow... do you see a pattern here?

14. Favorite TV Shows: Babylon 5, X-Files, Stargate-SG1, Farscape, Lois and Clark, Now and Again, (Cartoons: X-Men, Justice League, & Jackie Chan Adventures)

15. Favorite Music: All About Eve, The Smiths/Morrissey, The Church, Wild Swans

16. Favorite Food: Pizza, Fettuccine Alfredo, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream