We met first online via Blair Shedd-- himself a very old friend of mine who did a run of issues on Doctor Who between arcs by Matthew. When we met in person at New York Comic Con, we hit it off, and while he's also been a supporter of my work, I think of him primarily as a friend I don't see enough in person.
Blah blah blah. Anyhow!
As I was saying, today he launched the Kickstarter for his first novel, a YA book called NIGHT FOLK. I'll steal his blurb...
Twelve year old Victoria Thompson has always felt like an outsider. While other girls her age are spending time gossiping about boys and reading teen magazines, she's more interested in spooky stories and drawing monsters in the margins of her notebook.
With no friends to speak of, Victoria doesn't mind when her family has to move to a small town in Upstate New York. If anything, she's looking forward to a fresh start at a new school, and hoping to meet someone who shares her interest in the odd and unusual.
But Victoria is about to make some new friends who are odder and more unusual than anything she could have imagined...
The Night Folk.
Matthew is trying to raise just $5,000-- Enough to allow him to take the time to finish the novel, and self-publish it. He has just 60 days to do it, but frankly I think we should try to help him raise $1000 a day to make sure this book is a reality. He's a talented writer-- and that's coming from far more worthy people than me. (Check out the Kickstarter for what some shining lights in the writing community have to say about his writing.
I really hope you will go help him make this project a reality!
Sincerely, Ian Struckhoff