December 2009

Matthew Peterson
Author of the Parallel Worlds Series
Host of The Author Hour radio show

Matthew Peterson
Matthew Peterson

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Hello there! Hope your Thanksgiving was great. Now for Christmas. Yeah! Hereís a quick update regarding my books and radio show. The first season of my radio show is half over, but I still have some great guests lined up like Dean Koontz and Christopher Paolini. It's a ton of fun, but it's also incredibly time consuming--especially for a perfectionist like myself. I'm literally spending every waking moment on it. Anyway, an agent is looking at a few chapters of my book right now, so Iím feeling hopeful yet realistic (it usually takes many tries before one gets an agent). Also, it looks like the publisher in India is going to publish Paraworld Zero (and perhaps Magical Learning) in that country.

A Musical, Pre-School and Halloween (okay, a little late)


Last month my family took part in a musical about the pioneers who traveled from England to America and then across the plains. I was one of the few people in the cast (about 60 people) without any singing parts. Whew! Thanks goodness for that. I did have a couple lines of dialog, though, which wasn't too bad. My wife sang a duet. Oh, and my hair isn't really gray. Just thought I'd point that out!



The second picture is of Jared, my boy who just turned 3 years old and is now attending a special pre-school for handicapped kids. He's loving it, especially because he gets to wear a backpack like Dora. Yep, sad to admit, but my little boy is a Dora fanatic. It's all he wants to watch on TV . . . ALL day long!



The third picture is one of our Halloween. I realized that I didn't post it last month, so better late than never. I was Darth Vader.

December Episodes of The Author Hour: Your Guide to Fantastic Fiction

Sherrilyn KenyonPatricia BriggsKelley ArmstrongCharles de Lint 

  • Dec 3: Urban Fantasy and Supernatural Characters
    • Sherrilyn Kenyon (AKA Kinley MacGregor, #1 NYT bestselling author, 20 million books in print)
    • Patricia Briggs (#1 NYT bestselling author of Mercedes Thompson and Alpha and Omega series)
    • Kelley Armstrong (NYT bestselling author of The Otherworld series and Darkest Powers series)
    • Charles de Lint (award-winning author of over 60 books)

    James A OwenFrank BeddorJohn FlanaganJames Dashner 

  • Dec 10: YA Fantasy
    • James A. Owen (Here There be Dragons, Starchild comics)
    • Frank Beddor (NYT bestselling Looking Glass Wars novels, producer of There's Somthing About Mary)
    • John Flanagan (Ranger's Apprentice series)
    • James Dashner (The 13th Reality series, Borders Original Voices pick)
  • Tony AbbottBruce CovillePeter Morwood and Diane DuaneKate DiCamillo 

  • Dec 17: Children's Fantasy
    • Tony Abbott (The Secrets of Droon, Golden Kite award, 80+ books, over 10 million sold)
    • Bruce Coville (My Teacher is an Alien and The Unicorn Chronicles, 95+ books, over 12 million sold)
    • Diane Duane & Peter Morwood (NYT bestsellers, Young Wizards series, Star Trek, over 50 books)
    • Kate DiCamillo (Newbery award-winning author of Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux)
  • Have a Suggestion for the Show? Thanks for all of your suggestions. This season is just about filled up. I'm just waiting on a couple more responses.


    Our production team creates some cool eCards that I send out every week as a reminder of who I'm interviewing. CLICK HERE if you want me to send you an eCard every week regarding the show.

    Video Previews of each Episode of the Radio Show

    The Author Hour

    I've created seven cool video previews of the first few episodes. Expect a new one every week. Here's a nice video I did for the entire season, though some of the authors like Dean Koontz and Christopher Paolini aren't on there, since they jumped on board late in this season. You can watch the other ones by clicking on the individual authors for each episode.

    It took me some time, but I've finally added a bunch of linking tools on my site that should make it easier for you to share the interviews on your blog or website. Link away! Thanks.

    Last remarks...

    Well, it's been 5 months now since our house was destroyed in a fire. Still no progress on re-building the house. We are very frustrated, especially since we were told that it will take 5 months to rebuild. Plus after 12 months, we may have to pay rent and a mortgage at the same time. Ouch! Never a good thing when you're not making any money... Well, I hope to change that soon. I just need to get an agent who can perform a miracle for me. That's all. Merry Chirstmas this month! Until next time....


    Matthew Peterson - 20403 N. Lake Pleasant Road, Ste. 117-125, Peoria, AZ 85382