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Meet Matt Coyle

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Coyle.

Matt, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m a mystery writer. The sixth novel in my Rick Cahill crime series, LOST TOMORROWS, came out on December 3rd. I started writing my first book, YESTERDAY’S ECHO, seventeen years ago. It took me ten years to get it published. My books revolve around Rick Cahill, an ex-cop who is still a suspect in his wife’s fourteen year old murder. Rick is now a private investigator on a quest for redemption with each case he takes because he feels responsible for his wife’s death. He lives by a code adopted from his father which is: sometimes you have to do what’s right even when the law says it’s wrong. All the books, except LOST TOMORROWS, take place in San Diego. I had a day job throughout my entire writing career until the end of last year when I quit to write full time.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road has been anything but smooth. As I said earlier, it took me ten years to get published. There is a lot of rejection in the publishing business and you have to grow a thick skin. I already had one due to my twenty-seven years in sales, but that didn’t prevent doubt from creeping in. Doubt that I’d ever be published. Doubt that I had the talent to be published. Doubt that I could continue to persevere. But, I did as LOST TOMORROWS is my sixth book and I already turned #7 into my publisher.

Please tell us about your work.
I write mystery novels about a damaged private investigator. I’m proud that most of my books take place in San Diego. We have a lot of talented mystery writers in San Diego County, but many of them set most of their books in other locales. I’m honored to have been chosen to be the toastmaster for the Left Coast Crime Conference that will be held here in San Diego from March 12-15 in 2020.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have started writing earlier in life. I didn’t start writing seriously until I was forty-three.

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