Hi, I’m Matt. I write adult thrillers and dark and speculative fiction. I use my full first name for that – Mathew. I’ve been chasing my writer dream for too many years, and I had too little to show for it until the last few years.
Now, I hone my craft and work with local writers and friends. I’m active in the Des Moines Writers Workshop, which is thriving. That’s been a good lesson for me. Helping other writers, and getting help in return, keeps me writing. I may have gotten a late start, but it came with a lot of good lessons and experience about writing — especially the what not to do parts.
I participated in Pitch Wars last year. It’s a fascinating event. I have more thoughts about it I’ll share later. For now, you may enjoy this Top 10 list I wrote last year that others liked: Ten Steps for the Miserable Writer.
I enjoy interacting with writers, and Pitch Wars makes that happen. Of course, we’re all chasing the dream to get published. I’ve been at that for a little over a year now, and I’ve already learned a lot and gained experience pitching and querying. I’ll keep at it.
About My Book
My book is The Hidden Vector. It’s an international thriller set in Georgia and Romania. Here’s the run down:
When a human target smuggles a bioweapon out of Russia in his own bloodstream, CIA targeting officer Ethan Pierce must overcome the guilt of losing a fellow field officer and find the secretive group behind it all. Smart and relentless, Ethan discovers their plan to unleash the deadly virus and ruin the CIA. But he also learns the price for his efforts. Their plan will begin with infecting his ex-wife, the woman he still loves.
Paul Corso, Ethan’s mentor, is the only person he can trust. But Paul confronts conspirators inside the CIA who threaten his devoted wife. Both men race to save the lives of thousands, but imminent danger for the women they love drives each to desperate action.
It’s an exciting read, I promise! Think of it as an assassin’s origin story. It’s a slightly subversive story. I intended to challenge a lot of the “gung ho” nature of modern thrillers.
I had a lot of fun putting together this mood board for the book recently:
I live in Des Moines, Iowa, with my wonderful wife, two brilliant kids, and a lovable golden doodle. By day, I work at a major agriculture company doing digital marketing. By night, I make up crazy stories and sometimes drink a little whiskey. I’m a news junkie, love hiking, play more video games than I ever should, and love all kinds of table-top games. I even used to write my own games. In the fall and winter, you can find me muttering about Hawkeye and Steeler football.
Three books that sum me up pretty well:
- The Polish Officer by Alan Furst
- The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy
- Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
Three movies that deliver:
- No Country for Old Men
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
Three albums I’ll never get tired of:
- Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin
- The Soul Cages by Sting
- Love and Theft by Bob Dylan
You can follow me on Twitter here: @mattsnyder
Like my author page: Facebook.com/AuthorMathewSnyder/
Say hi any time. I love talking about writing and meeting writers.