May 26, 2021

Trent is going to Fort Lauderdale on his mission!

He leaves August 4, 2021

July 15, 2018

Peterson Family photos between 1997 and 2018

July 5, 2018

David and Dean left on their missions!

David is going to Billings, Montana (speaking cowboy) and Dean is going to Roseville, California (speaking Hmong).

Dec 11, 2017

Kittens for Christmas!

We got kittens, and our dog hasn't eaten them yet!

Jacob broke his wrist.

June 30, 2016

We adopted Alexis!

After raising her since birth for 15 months, we finally were able to adopt our second girl, Alexis Lila Peterson!

Dec 30, 2014

We got a new dog!

Many prayers, begging, and bribes went into this over the past 15 years. Alicia finally broke down and we
got a dog from the Arizona Small Dog Rescue. She's part basset and part something else like German Shepard.
Her name was Sally but we're calling her Roxie. She's 2 years old and as sweet as can be.

May 8, 2014

We adopted Alora!

After raising her since birth for a year, we finally were able to adopt our first girl, Alora Lynn Peterson!

July 14, 2009 (updated Jan 7, 2010)

My New Radio Show!

I've been invited to be the host of a new radio show on VoiceAmerica, where I will interview popular authors
in the fantasy and science fiction genres like Anne Rice, Dean Koontz, Terry Pratchett, Christopher Paolini,
Meg Cabot, Eoin Colfer, Diana Gabaldon, Charlaine Harris, Terry Brooks, R. L. Stine, Orson Scott Card, etc.

Click to Play Video

Click Here for The Author Hour flyer (1.5MB PDF document)
Tell your friends and family, your local library and bookstore, and even your dog about the show!

July 5, 2009

Our House Caught Fire!

Our house caught fire today from an electric skillet that malfunctioned and we lost almost
everything in the house due to fire, smoke, heat, and water damage. Nobody was hurt.

Read the full details at my blog:

December 20, 2008

Paraworld Zero Audiobook and E-Book

Paraworld Zero hit the top-50 bestseller list!
Hit the bestseller list in the "Magic and Wizards" category
Winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards
Winner of the London Book Festival
Two-time Winner of the Los Angeles DIY Book Festival
Second Place in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards
Finalist in the ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards
Two-time Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Third Place in the Preditors and Editors Best SF Novel Award Poll
Honorable Mentions from the Hollywood, New York, New England, and Beach Book Festivals
Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read
Flamingnet TOP CHOICE Award

Update: dispite speaking to over 5 million people on the radio, doing TV, newspaper and online interviews,
touring in 7 states, giving away 30,000 full-color flyers, 40,000 bookmarks, and 6,000 books / audiobooks,
and placing ads in places like The New York Times, The Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and
Bloomsbury Review, Matthew dropped his publisher in June 2008 because of various distribution and
accounting issues they were having (i.e. they didn't pay him and they weren't fulfilling orders).
After he's finished with Book 2, Matthew will start looking for a new publisher.

Order the audiobook of Paraworld Zero The Audiobook and E-Book of Paraworld Zero just came out!
The audiobook is 12.5 hours long and has 2 narrators
(Matt and Alicia) who did over 100 unique character
voices. The DVD version includes almost 4 hours of
video/audio extras. Listen to a sample HERE.

The E-Book has 30 illustrations like the physical book.
View a sample HERE.

Get the Audio CD (10-disc), MP3-CD, MP3-DVD from
Downloadable audiobook from,,,, etc.

Check out the Paraworld Zero E-Book on the Sony Reader and Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

September 9, 2007

Matthew is a 90% full-time author!

Matthew's online business has been so successful, he is now devoting most of his time promoting
his upcoming book, Paraworld Zero, which will come out January 2008 in 6x9 trade paperback.
Matt and Alicia are producing the audiobook as well. Matthew is already participating in fantasy/scifi
conventions, including CopperCon and TusCon. His big tour will begin January 13th, so buy your book
that week from the major bookstores. His book's site,, is getting a big update.
His message board is now ready for fantasy and science fiction fans to use:
And he is now taking pre-orders! Pre-order Paraworld Zero now at

November 15, 2006

Jared is born!

Jared was born 8 lbs 2 ounces and 19 and 1/2 inches long on
11/15/06 (6 weeks early). He was quickly flown to St Joe's
hospital, where he stayed for a month and had open heart surgery.
Alicia split her pelvis and was crippled for another month.
Jared has Noonan's Syndrome.

September-November 2006

Matt got laid off work and Alicia is in the hospital

-- Matt got laid off of work on Aug 30th after working at Barrett-Eastman/ServiceOne for 6 years.
-- Alicia went into the hospital on bedrest on Oct 18th and has been there for a month.
-- Matt started his own online business and is helping to manage several other online businesses.

June 2006

I got a publisher for my book, Paraworld Zero!!!

Scheduled Publication Date: Fall 2007 by Windstorm Creative
Windstorm is a large Independent Publisher (they do about 80 books a year). The first print run will be about
10,000 copies. They may even let me do my own book cover . . . which will bump up my royalty checks in
the process. I used pencil and paper, a digital camera, a Wacom tablet (pressure sensitive device for the
computer) and Corel Painter to create this cover. It took me close to 100 hours to do this. Whew!
Click to view larger image

April 2005

A new addition to the family...
Samson (the African Tortoise)

Science Fiction Writers of Earth
"Snacking Between Meals" placed in the Top Ten 2004
CLICK HERE for more info

September 2004

Matt Won 1st place in the 24-hour Short Story Contest!
There were 500 applicants and a $300 prize.
Matt was surprised because this was his first non-high school contest he's entered.

May 9, 2004

Alicia had her baby...For real this time!!!

Jacob Thomas Peterson. 7 pounds 8 ounces. 20 inches. Born on Mother's Day at 9:17 PM (1 month and 1 day early). I spoke in church today and Alicia decided to come. I told her she couldn't have the baby until after I was finished with my talk and so she obliged. When we got to the hospital, the doctor wanted to stop the contractions but Alicia said "NO!" Three hours later she had the baby. He's in good health. He sucks his thumb and is very cute. The weirdest thing of all was that the doctor pulled Jacob out half way, turned him around, and then had Alicia pull him out the rest of the way. She delivered her own baby! What a woman! The only bad thing that happened was that she broke her tailbone. Fortunately, she had an epidural, but it still hurt. The nurse checked her right after the epidural and discovered that she was already dilated to a 10. If the nurse would have checked her before the epidural, Alicia probably wouldn't have gotten one. Lucky for her.

April 1, 2004

Alicia had her baby!!! He was really early and we're a little troubled about his color but we love him just the same.

Click Here to see pictures

Jan 1, 2004

Alicia is pregnant again with another boy! The due date is in the first part of May.

May 8, 2002

Alicia gave birth to a 7 lb, 6 ounce 19 & 3/4 inch healthy boy at 9:12 PM, 5/8/2002.
His due date was June 3rd. If Alicia wouldn't have had him early he would have been a
BIG One! His name is Trent Jay Peterson.

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