#16 Matthew Norman: Best-selling author opens up about his writing style and inspirations

“Learning to write through lived experiences.”

My guest today is the one and only Matthew Norman. Author of “Domestic Violets”, “We’re All Damaged”, “Last Couple Standing”, and his newest release “All Together Now”.

You know what’s really hard, trying to sound articulate and poignant to someone who makes their living crafting concise but impactful stories, but Matthew couldn’t have been more fun to talk to.

We hit all sorts of topics that cover his progression as an author over the years and what it’s been like to learn how to write through lived experiences.

Often compared to other great authors like Jonathan Tropper or Richard Russo, Matthew has made a name for himself in the literary world that has stood the test of time.

In fact, my introduction to him came years ago when he signed a copy of one of his books as a gift after I just cold emailed him out of the blue.

Matthew couldn’t be a more likeable person and I was so truly honored to have him on the show. I highly highly highly recommend you pick up all of his books because they’re just so comedic and meaningful.

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Domestic Violets:


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Last Couple Standing:


All Together Now:


It Matters To Me Instagram:


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Richard Russo quote:

If you work at comedy too laboriously, you can kill what’s funny in the joke.

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