Matthew Byer


Matthew Harold Byer was born in Canada and grew up in the National Capital Region. In the 1990s he obtained a Bachelor of Social Science with concentration in Economics, a Diploma in Applied Information Technology with Distinction from iti Information Technology Institute and a Bachelor of Arts with concentration in Classical Civilization.

Matthew has, also, been a professional artist since his high school years and worked for the Government of Canada for over twelve years while he was in Ottawa.

His writing work can regularly be seen in articles for’s SLAM! Wrestling and the advice column ‘The Male Perspective’ for Matthew is also a published poet.

He currently resides in British Columbia, Canada.

Finding My Way Through Life’s Follies is Matthew’s first novel.

Smashwords Interview

Where did the idea for this book come from?
The original concept for the book goes back to when I was studying economics at university in the 1990s. My first thought was to use as touchstones some of my experiences during my childhood, high school, and university years and try to build a modern myth out of them. Often, when we think of myths they involve all sorts of deities, heroes, powers, celebrities, etcetera, but I wanted to try and construct one more based in everyday life. I also felt that each chapter would focus on a particular flashpoint from the main character’s life.

However, I also discussed the book idea with a friend of mine and we thought about perhaps doing a three act book wherein I would write about Michael Falmon in the first act, he would write about a female protagonist in the second act, and in the third act we would have the two characters meet and write it together. That was as far as that idea got as I over the years steadily wrote Michael’s tale and didn’t receive any indication from Les that he had done anything with his female protagonist.

Ironically enough, I actually discussed this with Les a couple of days ago and he did recall the discussion all those years ago.
What is your novel Finding My Way Through Life's Follies about?
On a very basic level it’s about the story of Michael Falmon as he grows up, matures, and ultimately finds his place in the world and love. On another level it’s meant to be almost a modern day myth, which utilizes certain conventions and archetypes that have existed since literature has existed.

Ultimately, though, I would say it’s a story about persevering and not giving up on life.
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Where to find Matthew Byer online

Twitter: @phoenixmhb


Mustard Marinade Poetry
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 11,070. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Mustard Marinade Poetry is a collection of poems covering everything from online dating, the alphabet, love, politics, to things such as a rock ode and literature.
Finding My Way Through Life's Follies
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 59,510. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Finding My Way Through Life's Follies tells the tale of Michael Falmon from childhood to his college years where along the way he finds love, friendship, betrayal, perseverance and courage. Written as a modern day myth, set in an everyday setting, the novel immerses the reader into the story through its first person perspective.

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adventure    alphabet    childhood    courage    destiny    fiction    flash points    growth    high school    literature    love    modern day myth    perseverance    poetry    politics    rock ode    romance    soul mates    war