Epic Tales of a Misfit Hero by Matt Peterson – Interview and Giveaway

Welcome to Author Matt Peterson

Matt Peterson has been working with Scouts and young men for over ten years. He has lead adventures into deep canyons, up tall mountains, and through raging rivers. Search and Rescue has only been called once.

Matt lives in Mesa, Arizona, with his wife and four kids. He served a mission in São Paulo, Brazil, where he learned Portuguese, how to love the people, and how to walk really fast. In his spare time, he runs a free neighborhood sports league for kids.


What is one book everyone should read?
The Epic Tales of a Misfit Hero. Or, as a second choice, To Kill a Mockingbird. I think the lessons taught in that book apply to every individual in any circumstance.  
Night owl, or early bird?
Definitely night owl. I’m only excited to get up in the morning on vacations or Christmas. In morning’s defense, I actually like the peaceful atmosphere when I happen to be awake early. It’s just that sleeping always sounds better to me when the alarm goes off. Always. 

One food you would never eat?
Onions. Raw onions are quite possibly the most vile thing on earth (in my opinion, of course). I don’t think less of those who choose to eat onions. I don’t understand it, but I don’t think less.  
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
This book is the beginning of young adulthood for the main character, Andrew. The plan is to follow him all the way until he’s 19 or so. Lots of adventures for him…and me…as we work through this. I can’t wait! Aside from this series, the voices in my head are always coming up with new story ideas, we’ll see if I listen to them or not. 

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I guess I’ve always loved communicating, ever since I would consistently get in trouble in Kindergarten for talking too much. Writing was a way to communicate without being disruptive, I guess. Plus, I always loved to read, and thought it would be fun to have my name in a library someday (and not just on the “late books” naughty list). 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
It’s definitely seeing kids respond to the book. A friend’s daughter chose  to feature my book on her class poster, and that was awesome. I also hear from parents that their boys never like to read, but they couldn’t put the book down. That makes me happy! 
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
To sound totally cliche, let me say this: Don’t give up! It’s easy to throw in the towel when you get a rejection or harsh review. Don’t! Keep your head up and just keep swimming. Write for yourself and your family, and anything else that comes (publication, best seller list, etc) is gravy. Also, don’t use cliches.  
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
If I COULD be a Greek God? I don’t understand the question.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I think I would love to live on a nice farm/cottage in rural England for awhile.  Or maybe a nice ranch in the mountains of the western United States.  Or maybe a beach house in San Diego or Hawaii. I’m easy.

What is your favorite Quote?
This changes almost weekly, but I currently love this one: “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” – Sir Ken Robinson
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Shakespeare, Milton, Faulkner, Dickens, J.K. Rowling, Eoin Colfer, Beverly Cleary, Lois Lowry, and so many more… 

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
LES MISERABLES! The Hobbit, too, but LES MISERABLES! I can’t wait. 

What was your favorite children’s book?
Henry and the Clubhouse by Beverly Cleary. I read it at least a hundred times. 
If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Wow, that’s a tough one. Maybe the screenplay of Hamlet signed by Shakespeare? Or Paradise Lost by Milton. Not really novels, but you know. 
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I love Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, and cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies. I’m not embarrassed at all. Until I hit send, that is.

Epic Tales of a Misfit Hero by Matt Peterson

From passing the sacrament with his fly down to failing miserably at capture the flag, Andrew knows he’ll never be able to fulfill his duties as a deacon. But when tragedy strikes on his Boy Scout backpacking trip, Andrew’s whole troop must become stronger than they ever imagined. This hilarious coming-of-age story is bound to have you rooting for a “misfit” hero!

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1 copy of Epic Tale of a Misfit Hero
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Ends 11/25/12

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