WELCOME ALESIA and MICHAEL MATSON
MICHAEL and ALESIA MATSON
Michael and Alesia have been married, loving, fighting, and writing together for 20 years. They live together with their two goofy dogs and a spastic cat in Northern California.
Author, needlework enthusiast, aspiring Buddha, RPGer, gardener, tech-geeky, herbalist, pirate. Married to Michael, her co-author, for 21 years. Two grown sons, two goofy dogs, one eccentric cat. Writes for her own entertainment, and hopefully yours.
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Michael wrote his first book at age 12. A 24 page masterpiece hand typed onto letter paper folded in half with a construction paper cover — hand illustrated, of course — the tome was none-the-less a best seller in the family. Since then he’s been an airman; a commercial fisherman, the third generation to go to sea in his family; a lobbyist; truck driver; counselor and minister; and general contractor. All the while, writing has remained an important creative outlet and a cornerstone of his marriage to his equally literally gifted wife. Having retired from his construction firm, he now writes and publishes full time from his home in Northern California.
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The first questions we get asked are usually “how can you write with the person you’re living with, every day? How are you even still married?” There’s a bit of disbelief that a husband and wife team can function professionally as well domestically, and for good reasons: You’re going to sleep next to the person with whom you just spent an hour arguing plot developments. The rent is overdue. The car just broke down. The kids have the flu, the last chapter you wrote is crap - and you know you’ve got to get up the next morning and try again. Life. It just keeps happening, whether you want it to or not.
Well, one answer is that we keep all the knives locked away during working hours.
Seriously, as a couple we are polar opposites. Alesia is the extrovert, Michael the introvert. Alesia’s strengths are emotional and intuitive, Michael’s are intellectual and logical. Alesia writes in snarled bursts of words that she straightens out later. Michael edits as he writes. Alesia wants poetry and flow and music in the prose. Michael prefers wordy, legalistic prose. For Alesia, the world is right if it feels right. For Michael, the fantasy world must make logical sense or it drives him crazy. (No guarantees inferred or implied that his logic makes sense to anyone else.) We problem solve in completely different ways - and when we clash, it’s usually spectacular.
But so is the makeup sex.
We don’t really have any easy explanations for how we do what we do as a married couple. We fight a lot. We scream, storm off, write angry emails. We also spend hours at our keyboards, pulling love and lies and trust and danger out of our imaginations to weave these stories together. It’s not easy - insert tired maxims about hard things being worth it all, here. But when a thing is important to you, you keep finding new ways to navigate through the minefields, whether you’re writing a book or raising a family. Or both. One of our strengths as a couple turned out to be that we never quit on each other, on ourselves, or on our characters. That always keeps us coming back to the computers, to our stories, and to each other.
It’s fair to say that our work/marriage paradox is a work in progress. We’ve learned a bit about how to disagree and still go to bed together at night. In the end, we hope our readers enjoy the results of it as much as we do.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A con turned cop. An urchin turned lady. Two webs of lies. An epic love. Sir Vincent Sultaire is the Raven, rakehell, playboy, con, serving a term of indenture for the crimes of burglary and extortion. His lover, Lady Angelique Blakesly, seems to be a wealthy, widowed baronness and devout member of the conservative Guardian Paladin church. But Angel’s careful poise and reserve conceal the Iris, one of Fernwall’s most successful high-stakes burglars; and beneath the collar of Raven’s indenture, he’s playing the cops and the cons for fun and profit. Their deceptions intersect explosively after the brilliantly executed theft of the priceless Tôrg-Dernäd. Sir Vincent is put in charge of the investigation, a thief set to catch a thief. Angelique, beholden to forces beyond her control, is desperate to stop him. Will Raven discover the truth? And will it be enough to set Angel free before their lies destroy them both?
Series: The Raven & The Iris
Paperback: 418 pages
Publisher: Metaphor Publications
Publication Date: November 26, 2013
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