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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The Fallview Catastrophes
Two idiots discover a portal. It goes wherever it wants to, across time, space, and dimensions. The two idiots are Caleb and Tony, two deadbeat 20 somethings with no idea where they're going in life and few enough options. While the portal changes their life, and introduces them to a slew of weirdness, the only thing surprising to them is just how little it changed anything. They aren't scientists, or wizards, or particularly bright, so they abuse their portal, and the weirdness for beer money, and rent money, and occasionally just to avoid people.


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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