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Marc Schmatjen (pronounced “smidgen,” as in, just a smidgen of this or that) was born and raised in Northern California. When he had grown tall enough to leave, he went south. Then he went north. Then he came back and remains in Northern California today with his wife Sandra, raising their three boys, two of whom are semi-normal, and one who is a total nut bar.
Marc writes adventure books for children and family humor columns for adults.
The Sycamore Detective Agency – Headquartered in the historic and mysterious farmhouse known as Barton Manor, nine-year-old Johnny Smith and his younger brothers Matt and Cooper secretly fight crime in Rocklin, California with the help of their adventure-loving grandfather. When bikes begin to go missing in their neighborhood, will the detectives be able to help Chief Mulligan put the thieves behind bars, or will Mr. and Mrs. Smith find out what their boys are up to and shut down The Sycamore Detective Agency for good?
My Giraffe Makes Me Laugh - This magical, sing-songy rhyming book has been captivating children around the world with its fun, lyrical format, and whimsical storyline. (Around the world, in this case, means several metropolitan regions in the U.S., three kids in England, and one orphanage in Uganda.)
The Tree of Death, and Other Hilarious Stories - The first anthology of Marc’s humor columns, which has been met with critical acclaim. “Funny enough to shoot beer out your nose,” and “Don’t read this while eating - you will spit out your food or choke to death on it from laughing,” are just a few of Marc’s favorite spontaneous (read: coerced) reviews from readers.
Just a Smidge (www.justasmidge.com) - One of the most popular weekly humor columns in America. Marc has been delighting his readers with his wit and incredibly manly outlook on life since 2008. His writing has been compared (unfairly) to that of world-class humorists such as Scott Adams, Erma Bombeck, and the venerable Dave Barry, and if any of them were alive today, they would surely contest the comparison. His columns have been published in newspapers and glossy magazines across the United States, and one dull magazine in Oregon.
You can email him at marcschmatjen@gmail