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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Standard Procedure

Karen sat in the scuffed, white rowboat and guarded the floating platform anchored 30 yards off the park shore. A trio of skinny guys with stringy hair and tattoos splashed cannonballs off the diving board. A handful of younger kids lay on the platform, tanning. She constantly fidgeted and feathered the oars to compensate for the small breeze blowing across

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The Shampoo Aisle

In Bob’s twenty-six years of grocery work, a bottle had always been just a bottle. When he became general manager of the Thrifty-Rite supermarket, however, the number of products in inventory finally overwhelmed him. It was now his responsibility to make sure everything in the store was sold and replaced and sold again. The crowded displays in every aisle made

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Burning Stardust

When Suki climbed into Lewis’s truck, she changed his plans for their first date. “I want to see that plane you showed me the other day,” she said. “It’s usually out at the other airport,” he said. “Okay, let’s go.” He drove north on Highway 2 out of Kalispell, puzzled and a little disappointed, heading towards Glacier Park International Airport.

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