Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson is an award-winning and best-selling author, radio show host, second degree black belt in karate, Eagle scout, computer programmer and former missionary. He lives in Arizona with his wife, five boys and their giant African tortoise.

Matthew is the host of The Author Hour: Your Guide to Fantastic Fiction, where he interviews the top fiction authors of our day like Anne Rice, Terry Pratchett, Eoin Colfer, Diana Gabaldon, Meg Cabot, Terry Brooks, Ursula K. Le Guin, and dozens more. Listen to the online show at

Matthew's debut young adult fantasy novel and audiobook, Paraworld Zero, hit two bestseller lists and won, placed or honored in about 15 contests, including the ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, Indie Excellence Book Awards, and the Next Generation Book Awards. Reviewers are calling it a "Harry Potter meets Star Wars." Matthew and his wife created over 100 unique character voices for the audiobook.

In 2008, Matthew spearheaded a $100,000+ marketing campaign for Paraworld Zero, which included tours to eight states and two countries; dozens of interviews on radio, TV, and newspapers (over 6 million people read, saw, or heard the interviews); numerous school, library, and bookstore presentations; and ads in dozens of magazines and newspapers (i.e. The New York Times, The Bloomsbury Review, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, etc.). Go to to learn more.

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