Welcome! This is Matthew Ballantyne’s website, made to keep you informed on all things related to his writings, appearances, and other news. Matthew began developing a new novel that takes place in Seattle in early 2016. For Matthew, this is a major undertaking, because much of his life was spent in the Seattle area. Being authentic to the region, the details that would surround the characters in a Seattle setting, and of course how the story unfolds are the most important points of focus. As if this was not enough of a challenge, Matthew has accepted the additional challenge leveled by a peer to writing the bulk of the novel in concert with National Novel Writing Month 2016, also known as NaNoWriMo. “What can I say, my eyes are usually bigger than my stomach,” Matthew said with a smirk when he accepted the challenge. And with that an entirely different production goal was set in place. Matthew is also writing a single story being placed into a novel about the experience’s of veterans, the novel will be published in early 2017. When asked what Matthew planned to bring to the story he said, “I think a lot of people stereotype what the experience of the military brings with it. I don’t think I’ll necessarily challenge what people consider part of the experience, but it may get them to reconsider where all trauma in the military stems from. Sometimes you don’t have to go far to experience so much.” More updates are planned throughout the upcoming holiday season, keep coming back to find out more!