The Crown's Secret: A Little Something About Matthew

"Where secrets abound, trust is not an option—neither is failure."
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I had the honour of being the first to interview Matthew Dale, co-author of the upcoming release, The Crown's Secret. Ready...set...READ!



Princess Ensula of Ceraleo lost everything the day her father and brother were assassinated, and she was sent to a faraway land for her own safety. From a distance over the next decade, she heard how her mother rules with an iron fist, so now Ensula decides to return, knowing she is stepping into the middle of a battlefield.

Adrik's world crumbled on the day of the assassinations. He lost friends he considered to be family that day, and the woman that he loved left without saying goodbye. He remained loyal to the queen, and at the first opportunity to gain power to prevent such loss from occurring again, Adrik seized it, becoming Lord Inquisitor.

Upon Ensula's return, Adrik will do anything to protect her, but he realizes the one person he will have to protect her from the most is himself. As Ensula comes face-to-face with her past once more, she knows one thing: she can trust no one.


Me: Hello Matthew! How are you today? Matthew: Doing great! Really excited to be here today! How about you? Me: Doing well, and excited to talk with you and your upcoming release! Before we talk about the book, tell me, what's your favorite thing to do in your free time? Matthew: That's a big question, lol. I enjoy reading, video games, I'm a DM for a group of friends Dungeons and Dragons games. I hunt, fish, and fly drones also.

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Me: Dungeons and Dragons! A game of my youth. I have fond memories of scattered cans of Pepsi, chip bags, and a table filled with character-driven adventures. Nowadays it seems to be played more online than at a table. What is your go-to class? Matthew: Depends on the group I'm playing with, but sorcerer, rogue/fighter and ranger are my top 3. Currently, I'm the DM, so I get to craft the game for the players which is great too Me: DM has the wonderful job of keeping players on track even when they try and stray, and break some rules. lol (if you haven't, I recommend watching the Indie film The Gamers and its sequel. Hilarious and accurate.) Where are you from originally?

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Matthew: Originally I grew up in Florida, middle of the state about 2 hours south of Orlando. Me: Florida gets tourists in all forms. Did you ever people watch and wonder, wow they would make a great literary character/villain? Matthew: Not really. I grew up in a small town. not a lot to do. The tourists we got were usually golfers and retirees. That was a racetrack in town, so once a year we got racing fans in, which was cool. Although, now that I remember it, my high school librarian was a horrible woman who was the focal point of a comic series I did in high school so that was fun.

Me: Love it! Do you still write comics?

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Matthew: I really want to, but I'm not artistic enough. my highschool comics were crudely drawn stick figure comics. If I were more artistic, I would 100% be making comic books and graphic novels Me: I know what you mean. I can draw a realistic stick person, but there isn't a demand for them. lol What's your favorite genre when reading?

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