Monday, July 13, 2009

Matthew Simon and "The Chosen Few"

The Chosen Few In an investigation that takes him through the Boston neighborhoods of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the South End, and downtown, private investigator Max Lovely finds himself entangled in an expanding web of men and women with big dreams and dark secrets. As he draws closer to the truth, his own life becomes the target of the malevolent forces he has uncovered.

Matthew Simon grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts and attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He lived and worked in many of Boston's urban neighborhoods, including Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the South End, and Chelsea. Matt spent ten years bedridden with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. During those years of forced silence, the Max Lovely mystery series evolved as a form of internal entertainment. Matt has since recovered his health.

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  1. Matthew: Welcome to Bookland Heights!

    Boston is such a great setting for a mystery. (And the beach and water for the background of a photo!)

    Please give our readers a little more insight into your writing and the story.


  2. Welcome, Matt! You've covered all the bases in "The Chosen." Mystery, suspense, political intrique.

    I moved from Fort Myers to Georgia three years ago and go back quite often. Think you'll write a mystery about SW Florida?

  3. Boston is a great setting. Part of my book happens there as well as Orange County, CA. Great to have such contrasts, like weather, culture, and distance. Lots of history and tradition to draw from and contrast with a qucikly changing world that can form the basis of conflict, both internal and external.

    Steve Tremp

  4. Thanks for the welcome, Diana, Mary, and Steve. Boston has such a rich culture and history that it makes an ideal backdrop for any story. I lived in many of Boston's neighborhoods including Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the South End, Chelsea, and Belmont. During most of those years, I was a real estate developer specializing in historic renovations, so I became intimately familiar with the neighborhoods and their architecture and history.

    Later, I spent over a decade housebound with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and it was during this time that I began to write fiction. Writing was my primary recreation and vocation during those years. I was unable to do much else. The forced solitude and silence made me much more acutely aware and empathetic, qualities that I gave to my protagonist in The Chosen Few and its sequels. The similarity between us pretty much stops there, however--I created a character whom I admire for the qualities I don't have.

    To answer your question, Mary, yes, I do think I'll eventually set a novel in Southwest Florida. Ideas are turning over in my mind...

  5. Great, Matthew! Can't wait to read it.