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Interviews and Articles


Interviews

Authors on the Air
November 2017
Matthew discusses Cold Harbor and Gibson Vaughn Book 4.
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Authors on the Air
December 2016
Rob Hart and Matthew are interviewed as Authors on the Air Book of the Year co-winners.
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Hank Garner and the Author Stories Interview
December 2016


WTBQ Radio Interview
November 2016


Reviewing the Evidence Q&A
November 2016
When I was eight, I wanted to be a brain surgeon. That lasted about five hours until I realized that the sight of blood made me queasy.
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A Bibliophile's Reverie Q&A
October 2016
Gavin Swonger proved to be an ongoing challenge to the writing of Poisonfeather, because as is typical of him he wouldn't do anything that I told him. In the early going, I expected Swonger to appear only in a handful of scenes. However, he continually forced himself into my thinking and evolved from a walk-on character to a key figure in Poisonfeather.
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Poisonfeather

The Suspense is Killing Me Q&A
October 2016
"I wouldn't say that Gibson Vaughn is the anti-Matthew FitzSimmons, but I did set out to make him different than me—he's younger, his background is vastly different than my own, and I am not an expert in the things in which he is an expert. I've loved the challenge of stepping into this twenty-eight-year-old's shoes and to see the world through his eyes."
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Interview with Terry Ambrose
October 2016
"There is such residual frustration that no one has been held accountable for the damage done by the Great Recession. I thought it would be interesting to pit my protagonist against such a character. Then I remembered reading an article in the Atlantic by James Silver called, 'Is Wall Street Full of Psychopaths?' That sparked a flurry of research out of which grew Charles Merrick."
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This Is Writing
March 2016
"My first love was theater and film. After college, I moved to New York and did an internship at Playwrights Horizons on 42nd Street. From there, I directed my first play and worked as an assistant to a series of directors and producers. One of my roommates (of whom there were many in that period) was a writer, and I caught the bug from him. When NYC had finished breaking my heart, I fled for high ground and thought, in my infinite naivety, that writing would surely be easier than theater... cue laugher."
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New In Books
January 2016
"For me, I fear that distilling life into a few words leads to a lifetime of failing to live up to an oversimplification."
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The Big Thrill
January 2016
"I was born on Columbus Day—something I was proud of when I was a child because Columbus was a hero. He's an object lesson that history is written by the victors. Well, he's a hero no longer, and he has plenty of company. I think that's partly why the thin line between hero and monster always appeals to me."
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My Bookish Ways
December 2015
"In a real way, the writing of The Short Drop was a desperate act."
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AnaSpoke
December 2015
"I've come to realize that all of my experiences—theater, a degree in psychology, teaching, coaching—have been, in one way or another, about understanding people. Collectively it is the foundation of my empathy."
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The Short Drop

Articles by Matthew

Read Narrowly: When You Should Read Books You Love Again and Again at Writer's Digest (Guest Column)
February 2017
"A book takes far longer to digest than a movie and doesn't make for a good first date."
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Book Picks with Matthew FitzSimmons at Mystery Playground
November 2016
Today our book recommendations come from Matthew FitzSimmons, author of The Short Drop and Poisonfeather. Matthew was born in Illinois, raised in London and now lives in Washington, DC. Let's see what books he loves.
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Reading Blind is Best at Read it Forward
November 2016
"It also made me realized that long ago I'd stopped having the experience that the authors of the books I read intended. I was cheating myself of one of the chief pleasures of entering an immersive, fictional world: discovery."
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Everyone is the Protagonist at Kevin's Corner
October 2016
"To underline the obvious, people are at the center of their own worlds regardless of who or what is around them. That's what makes walking a mile in someone else's shoes so difficult—we almost never take off our own."
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Guest blogger at Stacy Alesi's Bookbitch.com
October 2016
"For some, the idea of teaching a classroom of seventeen-year-olds would be akin to the tenth circle of hell. But it was, for me, the best and most important job that I've ever had. It reminded me why books mattered to me, and in the end it rekindled a love of writing that I believed had died."
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"Just Stand There Watching: Narrative Music" at Hardboiled Wonderland Blog
December 2015
"I've always had a soft spot for songs with gentle or catchy melodies that set your head bobbing until you catch the black as pitch lyrics."
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