Chris Metteer


I am a veteran writer/editor at some great newspapers in the American West, including The Denver Post, Eugene Register-Guard, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, and the Bend Bulletin. I have multiple writing awards, and have been an integral part of staffs honored as the best in the nation.

I have four protagonists, ranging from a kid crossing from adolescence to adulthood (the subject of "One Summer Season: A Young Man's Brutal Baptism Into Love And Baseball") to a former Marine with a world of secrets. I love to detail the challenges, losses and triumphs I toss at these characters.

I love to travel, experience new things, and learn something every day. I love family, good friends, cappuccinos, great movies, novels that grab me by the collar and pull me along, and creating characters that challenge readers, Thanks for purchasing my novels. I hope you are challenged and edified as you read my novel.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
In no particular order of impact: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell for its stories of people who thought differently and changed the world at least a little because of it; The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout for her use of simple settings in which to build characters who are so vivid I felt I was listening to private conversations; And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini because of his elegant use of words to describe a world I knew nothing about; Live By Night by Dennis Lehane because he lured me into a criminal world and captivated me with his characters; and Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer for his vivid and detailed look at Army Ranger Pat Tillman, who gave up a pro football career and ended up as a victim of friendly fire.
What books have had the most impact on you?
Two stand out from my earlier years. The first was In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, which was the detailed account of the murders of the Clutter family in rural Kansas. Capote brought everyone to life from the killers to the victims. The other was Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. I was captivated by Hesse's description of a man whose life changed radically. I use that literary tool as I build character arcs.
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Where to find Chris Metteer online


One Summer Season: A Young Man's Brutal Baptism Into Love And Baseball
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,130. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
R.W. Clay has the world on a string, the hometown hero who can hit the baseball a country mile. No one stays young forever. He steps into an adult world that doesn't care about hometown heroes or high school stardom. Coaches try to change him, an opposing pitcher known as Muy Mal Hombre tries to hurt him, and women want him for different reasons. Hero? Nah, just a young man meeting life head-on.

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