R.L. Mathewson


New York Times Bestselling author, R.L. Mathewson was born in Massachusetts. She’s known for her humor, quick wit and ability to write relatable characters. She currently has several paranormal and contemporary romance series published including the Neighbor from Hell series.

Growing up, R.L. Mathewson was a painfully shy bookworm. After high school she attended college, worked as a bellhop, fast food cook, and a museum worker until she decided to take an EMT course. Working as an EMT helped her get over her shyness as well as left her with some fond memories and some rather disturbing ones that from time to time show up in one of her books.

Today, R.L. Mathewson is the single mother of two children that keep her on her toes. She has a bit of a romance novel addiction as well as a major hot chocolate addiction and on a perfect day, she combines the two.
If you’d like more information about this series or any other series by R.L. Mathewson, please visit www.Rlmathewson.com

In 2019/2020, R.L. Mathewson will be publishing Devastated, the first Anger Management novel, Tall, Dark & Furious, the 6th installment to the Pyte/Sentinel series, Irresistible, the long anticipated novel for the Neighbor from Hell Series as well as many more books throughout the year, paranormals, contemporaries, and YAs.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was around fourteen, but I never got past the few few paragraphs. I always wanted to write, but never really thought that I could do it. Over the years I made several attempts to write, but they were all horrible failures.

It wasn't until after I threw my back out and I realized just how bad my situation was that I decided to give it a try. I'd been reading heavily at that point and there were a lot of books that I really enjoyed, but there were also books that I didn't like. It was because of the books that I didn't enjoy that I decided to give writing a chance. I'd hoped that I could write a more enjoyable story.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is actually the first book that I ever wrote. It was my first attempt at writing. I wrote day and night for a few weeks straight and when the book was done I thought it was the best book ever written. I set it aside, preparing myself for that day that book would become world famous.

I started to research publishing and realized that I should probably edit the book to make sure that it was absolutely perfect. I read through it and not even halfway through I realized just how horrible the book was. It was awful, really awful. I deleted the entire book, but saved the characters because they'd meant a great deal to me.

Over the years I would work on the book here and there. This past year I decided that I owed it to the characters to finish the book. The book didn't turn out as I expected, but I really enjoyed the process and loved the story.
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Pre-release—available January 8, 2024. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Romantic Comedy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance » Romantic Comedy
In the second installment of the Neighbor from Hell YA series by R.L. Mathewson, Sebastian Bradford has been deceiving himself for years, telling himself that Mikey was only a friend. Now, he would do anything to be able to tell her what she meant to him without risking losing the one person that he couldn’t live without.

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Smashwords book reviews by R.L. Mathewson

  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on Dec. 15, 2019

    I’ve been self-publishing now for ten years and Mark is absolutely right about everything he talks about in this book. Over the years, I’ve learned a great deal, made some mistakes and I hope that I learned from them, but my biggest mistake was getting too comfortable. I wrote, published, and did the basics. It really never occurred to me that there were big changes in self-publishing that I should learn about. Ten years later and I realized that one of the biggest mistakes that I’ve made is not investing in myself by educating myself in this field. Mark mentions that in this book and it’s something that I really wish that I thought of years ago. I’ve been doing this for ten years, but now I’m at a point where I feel behind everyone. I read through this book tonight and I found a few things that I never even thought of doing and realized that I should be doing a few things differently. I’m going to be implementing those suggestions immediately. It was pretty cool seeing my name mentioned in this book. It made me cringe when I thought about those terrifying covers. They were bad, really bad and Mark is 100% correct when he tells you that a bad cover/great cover can make all the difference in the world. I do a lot of the things he recommends in this book and they work for me and have made it possible for me to continue to do what I love. I highly recommend this book to authors at every stage, new and old. It’s definitely worth a read.