Matt Juhl

Biography

Rockton, Illinois native Matt Juhl has been storytelling from an early age. Growing up the youngest of five children, he was always looking for a way to assert himself. Discovering a passion for writing, Matt penned his first piece at the age of twelve. He went on to create more works, including several plays, short stories, and poems.

In the summer of 2010, while visiting the breathtaking coastline of Western Michigan, the picturesque surroundings of the desolate beaches breathed life into one of Matt's stories, culminating in the creation of his first novel, The Straight Crimes.

Matt resides in Fort Worth, Texas. He's currently working on his next novel.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
For as far back as I can remember I've always been storytelling. However, it wasn't until I was twelve years old that I put anything on paper. After performing in theater productions, I decided to try my hand at play writing, creating over ten plays.

Then I became interested in poetry, writing hundreds of poems. Although most of my pieces were written in my personal journal, some of my work has been shared on Poetry.com. In 2003, I won the Distinguished Poet Award for my work entitled "What Joy Does the Morning Bring?" For me, poetry has always been a cathartic outlet of expression.

No matter what I was creating, I always dreamed of becoming a novelist. I began writing short stories, ranging in length from fifty pages to a hundred or more—building my confidence to try my hand at novel writing.

Then in the summer of 2010, while visiting the breathtaking coastline of Western Michigan, the picturesque surroundings of the desolate beaches breathed life into one of the stories that I'd been working on in my mind. After I returned to my home in Texas, I sat in front of my laptop and began writing my first novel, "The Straight Crimes."
What's the story behind your latest book?
Long before I began writing "The Straight Crimes" in 2010, I pondered the question, "What would it be like if the love between a man and woman faced equal discrimination as between gay people in modern society?" This seemed like an interesting concept to write about.

My goal was to get people to understand what it's like to be judged based on sexual preference, even heterosexual couples. I needed a universal theme that most people could relate to—love. For me, an aspiring novelist, I decided to take this concept and bring it to life as a romantic suspense.

"The Straight Crimes" is a story about the dangerous attraction between Harper Jones, an outspoken, Southern girl, who relocates to the coastline of Western Michigan and Nik Roberts, a physically strong, but emotionally battered, attractive, young man who catches her eye.

Harper and Nik find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other, discovering exactly what they've always been looking for—and that's the problem, existing in a world where the love between men and women is not widely accepted.

Then Harper befriends entrepreneur and socialite Traci Galva, whose immeasurable kindness is surpassed only by her ambition. After facing eviction because of her mom's drug habits, Harper seeks refuge with Traci. Shortly after, everyone is stunned when Faye's house violently erupts in flames and Mindi mysteriously vanishes. With only Nik and Traci to depend on, Harper's world is turned upside down. What first seems like an accident becomes classified as a case of arson when police discover Faye’s mangled body in the ashes.

With fingers pointing in every direction, Harper and Nik find themselves tangled in a web of lies, passion, and murder as they fight for their lives and love.
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