Matthew Iden


Matthew Iden writes crime fiction, fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary literary fiction with a psychological twist. His debut detective series–A Reason to Live, Blueblood, One Right Thing, and The Spike–features retired DC Homicide cop Marty Singer.

An eclectic resume–he's held jobs with the US Postal Service, international non-profit groups, a short stint with the Forest Service in Sitka, Alaska and time with the globe-spanning Semester at Sea program–has given him inspiration for short stories and novel ideas, while trips to Iceland, Patagonia, and Antarctica haven't hurt in the creative juices department, either.

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
Having fans and building a readership is critical to an indie writer's success...but not necessarily in the way people think. While it's fantastic--and absolutely necessary for my career--to have others buy and appreciate my works, more importantly, having fans means AFFIRMATION.

It's not just an ego trip. Traditionally published writers (hopefully) have the support of their agents, editors, and publicists from a very early stage. Independent writers don't have that seal of approval until readers actually begin buying, reading, and reviewing their books.

While the wait for those reviews to roll in can be tremendously anxiety-inducing, when they do appear, there's nothing sweeter. It's a direct message from a reader to you: "I like this. This is good. Please write more!"

You can't get better encouragement than that.
What are you working on next?
I recently finished the first draft of Marty Singer #5, THE WICKED FLEE. I've taken a slightly different path with this project than in the past, writing it more as a thriller than a traditional hard-boiled mystery. The pace is faster, there are more character points of view, and I'm trying to make sure the whole thing--from start to finish--takes place in about 10 hours of "book time."

I recently published a short story with Amazon's short story imprint, StoryFront, entitled "The Kindness of Neighbors." It's a creepy, psychological suspense piece of novella length that will have you looking at your neighbors in a different light...

I'm also hard at work cleaning up a stand-alone novel I wrote several years ago, a caper entitled THE ROAD TO STURGIS, trying to tie up loose ends in my stand-alone Western THE ORPHANS, and wrapping up production on the audiobook for ONE RIGHT THING with my awesome narrator, Lloyd Sherr.

With any luck, a short story I wrote for a shared-world science fiction anthology Walk the Fire will be released later this year as well. In six words or less: Joan of Arc in the future.
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Where to find Matthew Iden online


The Wicked Flee (Marty Singer Mystery #5)
Series: Marty Singer Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,870. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
A late-night knock on his door pulls retired DC homicide detective Marty Singer out of a sound sleep and drops him into a desperate hunt to find Lucy Rhee, the kidnapped sister of his friend, Chuck Rhee. With no clues, no leads, and almost no hope, they've only got guts and instinct to discover where The Wicked Flee…and save Lucy before she’s gone forever.
The Marty Singer Series: Books 1-3
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 227,040. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Follow retired DC homicide cop Marty Singer as he takes on crime and life in the first three books of this best-selling detective series. The boxed set includes three full novels--A Reason to Live, Blueblood, and One Right Thing--two essays (“How I Met Marty” and “They Didn’t Come Cheap”), as well as an excerpt of the fourth in the Singer series, The Spike.
The Spike (Marty Singer Mystery #4)
Series: Marty Singer Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,880. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Retired DC homicide cop Marty Singer witnesses a horrific murder and the family hires him to find the killer. But when he peels back the cover on the case, Marty discovers a rotten core of corruption, graft, and violence that runs from the lowest city street to the top of the political food chain. The only way to catch the killer is stay alive long enough to find out who or what is The Spike.
One Right Thing (Marty Singer Mystery #3)
Series: Marty Singer Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,170. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
J.D. HOPE WAS MURDERED ON MAY 6TH. DO YOU KNOW WHY? The stunning question posted on a roadside billboard forces retired DC detective Marty Singer to dive headlong into a deadly mix of drugs, lies, and double crosses. Because Marty's got his own history with Hope...and he needs to find out who murdered him and why if he wants to do One Right Thing.
Blueblood (Marty Singer Mystery #2)
Series: Marty Singer Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,780. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Four murders. Nothing special in Washington DC. But a police lieutenant approaches retired homicide detective Marty Singer with a simple fact that changes everything. They were all cops. In a race to stop the killings, Marty chases the killer from deadly Southeast DC to the heart of the Virginia gangland, on a mission to stop the spilling of yet more BLUEBLOOD.
A Reason to Live (Marty Singer Mystery #1)
Series: Marty Singer Mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 89,920. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
In the late nineties, a bad cop killed a good woman and homicide detective Marty Singer watched the murderer walk out of the courtroom a free man. Twelve years later, the victim's daughter is the target and needs Marty's help. With a second shot at the killer--and a first chance at redemption--Marty's just found A Reason to Live.

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