From the Author
In writing A Reason to Live, I wanted to develop the main character, Marty Singer, in such a way that the reader could see him as walking, talking, living human being. Super-human protagonists who can do no wrong are the norm in the thriller business these days and—while I'm a big fan of many of those books—that's not what I wanted to write.
My hero has problems—romantic, physical, and emotional—that are not of his own making, but they don't disappear just because he's in the middle of stopping a vicious killer and saving a young woman's life. In fact, his personal issues often get in the way of reaching his goals.
It's this interplay of Marty's personal life, mixed with plenty of action and suspense, that I think will makeA Reason to Live appealing to lovers of thrillers, suspense, and crime fiction.
Should I read the Marty Singer books in order?
Many readers have asked this question and I would say...it depends.
I write each Singer mystery as a standalone story—there's no element of the plot, for instance, that will spread across more than one book. But Marty is a likeable and believable character with ongoing issues in his life that naturally extend beyond the pages of the individual novels.
If you like to get to know your characters and grow as they do, then start with A Reason to Live and go in order. If you want a quick mystery fix, pick up any of the Singer mysteries and run with it.
About the Author
Matthew Iden writes fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, crime fiction, and contemporary literary fiction with a psychological twist.
An eclectic resume—he's held jobs with the US Postal Service, international non-profit groups, a short stint with the Forest Service in Sitka, Alaska and time with the globe-spanning Semester at Sea program—has given him inspiration for short stories and novel ideas, while trips to Iceland, Patagonia, and Antarctica haven't hurt in the creative juices department, either. A post-graduate education in English Literature wasn't necessary, but it helped define what he didn't want to do with his life and let him read a great deal of good books.
Please visit him on the web at matthew-iden.com, Tweet @CrimeRighter, or find him on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/matthew.iden.
Matthew lives in Alexandria, Virginia.