One Life, Two Names, a Bunch o’ Books!
-a path from reader to:
- USA Today critically acclaimed
- NPR Top 5 Romance of 2012 (I Own the Dawn)
- Booklist Top 10 Romance of 2012 (The Night is Mine)
- Barnes & Noble Best 5 Romance of 2013 (Take Over at Midnight)
The person behind the keyboard
I’m an East Coast refugee. At the end of college, I tossed a coin and landed in Seattle, WA. I have worked in fast food management, live theater, construction law, 15+ years in computers, publishing, construction manufacturing and now I’m a full time writer. I’ve flown small planes and jumped out of them, designed and built houses, and bicycled solo around the world. I’m always amazed what you can do with a degree in Geophysics. Since my bike trip, I’ve acquired a loving lady, the coolest kid on the planet (don’t get me started, I’m one of “those” parents), and I can always find a corner to write in. I now live in Oregon, just a short walk from the Pacific Ocean.
Matthew Lieber Buchman (SF/F)
I picked up my first SF novel (The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke) when I was eight or nine and fell in love. For a decade, I read nothing but SF/F. It would be twenty-five years before I would attempt to answer the writing call sent out by Clarke, Asimov, Heinlein, and a hundred others. Dreams of space and rocketry abounded. It was a heady time. I remember watching with the rest of the nation, each and every moment televised of the Apollo missions. The book and movie of 2001: A Space Odyssey wasn’t just a cinematic revelation to me but one of unending possibilities. That we have yet to answer that call to space only spurred me on and on July 23, 1993, I began to answer that call to write. While flying from South Korea to the Australian Outback as part of my bike trip around the world, I set pen to paper to write my first fiction. I wrote of a freshman roommate who killed alarm clocks but woke up not in his bed, but rather facing a distraught St. Peter in a celestial conference room. From that moment, I was hooked. Through Indonesia, India, Israel, Greece and Eastern Europe I strove to write what became my first novel sale, Cookbook from Hell following the Devil’s mid-life crisis and and her trails when a Buddhist Hungry Ghost steals the software that runs the universe. The Dalari Accord, my apocalytpic “Nara” series that I struggled for years to get right, and my fantasy set at the end of the Second Dark Ages Monk’s Maze soon followed.
M.L. Buchman (thriller)
A few years before my bike trip, I switched my reading habits. After SF/F, I spent years wallowing in the classics, Dickens, Hugo, Melville, Conrad, I dove into the richness of story and adventure. I slid down the slippery slope of Cussler, Follet, Ludlum, and Le Carre. There I found a second love, suspense. Even as I write this there’s a Lee Child book sitting beside me, a Stephen King on my iPod, a stack of Follet I’d like to reread, and a black-belt in Tae Kwon Do earned over the last few years hangs beside me. And I have this other passion, I love to cook. For a time as I kid I thought I’d become a chef. How that turned into a career in IT and eventually business project management, well, it still perplexes me. But the suspense and the love of food collided in my light-hearted, foodie thriller, Swap Out! with more to come soon.
M L Buchman (romance)
A fateful event back in 1996 took time to creep into my writing. In 1996, my publisher for my first two science fiction novels decided to take a group of male authors to Romance Writers of America National Conference to make a statement. At that time, we were 4 of the 7 men to attend. Seven men, 1,800 women. Nope, it wasn’t like you’d think. First, everyone just assumed we were someone’s stray boyfriend. Agents refused to speak to us. Asking a question could bring a whole session to a halt because we were the outsiders. Second, these women were serious. They had come to the national conference to eat, sleep, and breathe their dream, becoming professional writers in the largest fiction genre there is. Thrillers? Feh! Mystery? Ha! Romance is far and away #1. I read my first romance novel (actually my first 3) during that conference. I was hooked, lined, and sinkered.
I set out on a quest. A quest to learn and to practice. I consumed, Nora and Wiggs and Austen and Kinsale and Grayson and… I’d always written about strong women and to take on the challenge of writing their love stories, that was not a call I could ignore. The result was my first national sale, the military romantic suspense “The Night Stalkers” series.The Night is Mine starts the 4-book series of the first 4 women to fly for the immensely secretive, real-life U.S. Army SOAR. The 160th’s mission is to deliver Rangers, SEALs, Delta Force and the other to places no one else can get them, and to get them back out. The sheer joy of writing this series has started me down a path from which I may never recover. “Angelo’s Hearth” is a 4-book series about 3 women (you’ll have to read it and see why that makes sense). Where Dreams are Born is an adventure back to the foodie world and contemporary romance set in Seattle.
More SOAR adventurous women, more old college roommates finding true love, a redraft of Cookbook from Hell (because I’m now a good enough writer that I think I can tell the story the way I truly envisioned it) and it’s equally foolish sequel. And then…
it took me a while to pin down what I wanted to write about. Now it hangs right above my desk, right where my eyes drift when I look away from the screen to write.
“To champion the human spirit, to celebrate the power of joy, and to revel in the wonder of love.”
I can only hope that you enjoy my attempts to achieve those goals.