Matthew Wanner


I live outside Salem, Oregon, but I'm originally from the backwoods of northern Idaho, a small town called Bonners Ferry. I moved around a lot growing up, and have largely continued to bounce around the Pacific Northwest. I was in the Army for a time, in hopes of getting away from winter, but they sent me Colorado and so I was miserable nine months out of the year. Did a tour in Afghanistan doing welding/fabrication and driving a wrecker. I currently am an occasional student and always in the middle of one catastrophe or another. I read a lot and play way, way too much Fallout 4, after which I beat myself up for not writing instead. I have an elderly dog that is just the grumpiest, it's why we get along so well. I like cars, my grandfather was building hot rods before such a thing as aftermarket existed and the love of automotive shenanigans is one of the only connections I have to that side of the family. I also like microbrews, because I live in Oregon, of course I do.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a reflection of a certain period of my life, but weirder. Without getting into how I see my work, once I thought up these characters, I couldn't get them out of my head. They're incredibly fun to put in places and situations they don't belong in, and I have a blast writing them. Eyes on the Prize was originally a short story written for a project that fell through as a kind of side story to the book I was working on, but I ended up liking the story more, so scrapped the book and decided to take a different tack. Caleb and Tony work really well in short stories, but I do intend to make a full novel out of them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had a long term relationship fall through. While it destroyed me in some ways, I hadn't been writing much for two years. I wasn't any happier than my ex-girlfriend was; I just didn't know it. Getting my pace back and trying to make up for lost time and atrophied skills, I needed something to keep me on task. I decided to take up this project, where I could work on my strengths, short stories, while pushing myself to develop as a writer. With an obligation to put out a new short story frequently, I can keep from falling into a depression over how far I have to go. I can just focus on the next task. I knew I had to do something or stop calling myself a writer, this seemed like a good answer. Unconventional, perhaps, but an answer none the less.
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Where to find Matthew Wanner online


Eyes on the Prize: A Fallview Catastrophe
Series: The Fallview Catastrophes. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,540. Language: American English. Published: December 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
An introduction to the world and characters of The Fallview Catastrophes, this story follows Caleb and Tony as they make horrible life decisions in a desperate quest for rent money through a portal with ever changing destinations.

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