Matthew Spaur

Read my new memoir Making a Small Fortune

This book speaks to all of us who go through tough times , persevere and then come to a better understanding of who we are. You will not be able to put the book down.

So far, I’ve been many things in life: technical writer, journalist, marketer, web developer, cemetery groundskeeper, bookstore clerk, competitive swimmer, lifeguard, failed surfer.

I’ve moved more than 20 times, but now seem settled in California.

I’ve always been writing.

Personal life

What little personal life I have
happens mainly in the
San Francisco Bay area.




Liberal arts (mostly)

New Release

Matthew's Latest Book

"I read this book in a day and a half. It’s a fascinating look at parenting and step-parenting of challenging children, the politics of a “small” town (Spokane), running a small business (an alternative newspaper) and dealing with a mysterious yet devastating disease in a spouse (Porphyria). Matthew writes well and takes the reader into his family’s long, difficult journey that required far more than most people experience. Kudos to Matthew for sharing his compelling—and at times, heartbreaking—story. It is worth reading to realize that there is deep-seated determination and resilience in all of us that we can tap into."

This book spoke to me in a way that I didn’t fully appreciate until I had closed the cover. I’ve been chastising myself for not making oodles of money over the last decade while I was…well, dealing with life. Reading this book has helped me forgive myself for pursuing my passions. And to start again! Not only was the book inspiring, but I enjoyed the writing. I thought it would be a staid read about finances and making money, but it's much more of a memoir —and I was utterly engaged by the story

What a great read. Matt is a terrific writer, so very engaging. I know it is a memoir but it read like a fiction novel and also almost a how-to book about producing an alternative newspaper, running a small business, and navigating marriage and parenthood. I kept wondering how it was going to end—I couldn’t put it down. I very much appreciated the afterword that tied everything up. What a journey. I became close to all the characters and miss them now that the book is over.

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Martin nosed the funeral home’s night-blue service van through narrow surface streets, up over a hill, and towards the stretch of interstate that divided the city like a major thoracic scar. He was on an errand to retrieve a loved one. His first. It was the third Saturday night in July. Above the horizon, black clouds with gray cummerbunds gathered

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Years of delay left United Nations linguist Flora Szabo frustrated. Earth’s Application for Federation membership was taking years longer than average for a mid-sized world with multiple cultures in the Orion Arm. Federation membership hinged on several requirements such as establishing single monetary, measurement, and calendar systems; taming economic inequality; settling internal conflicts; and preserving a minimum of wild organic

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Book Club Discussion Guide

I’ve created a book club discussion guide to accompany “Making a Small Fortune.” This isn’t just for clubs interested in writing or memoirs. Lots of different book clubs could discuss this book, such as Parenting Politics and media Entrepreneurs Healthcare and caregivers Grief And if your book club buys 10 or more copies of the book, I’ll join your book

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