abused? Do you struggle with addiction or ever been falsely accused and your life turned
upside down? If so, this book will help you to discover ways to overcome these challenges
and to look to the source of ultimate healing, God.
expected was to find out his parents were in a failing relationship and his life was about
to change forever. Their divorce initiated a series of events that led to Matthew feeling
unloved, unwanted, and unwilling to trust others. When his Mom remarried and his
Stepfather broke the promises he made and then abused him, Matthew felt compelled to
protect himself and his heart.
felt compelled to make because of unresolved hurt and pain. Growing up rarely feeling
loved and accepted, he chose not to trust in order to protect his heart. That led to him
living a double life that he hid from everyone. Eventually it came to light when he was
accused of a crime he did not commit. Facing the prospect of prison and afraid his entire
life was falling apart, he turned to God and had an experience that showed him there is
a way to heal and change.
made, and he resolved to change the behaviors that destroyed his life. His story will
inspire those who are struggling in their own lives to also seek God’s help in order to
change and overcome challenges. It also demonstrates that every choice in life matters and
leads to the path one takes. Whether you struggle with addiction, self-esteem, questions
about God, or any other problem, his story shows the way to overcome these challenges
and how to find answers. He learned with God’s help, nothing is impossible—even in a
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about authors, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about Matthew Harrison whose book The Path Less Chosen moved and compelled me from beginning to end! I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love memoirs and poignant stories but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Matthew Harrison will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Matthew Harrison!
My book The Path Less Chosen: A Life Lost and a Life Found is a true story of my youth into adulthood that left me scarred with unresolved issues that hurt and were painful. Growing up and rarely feeling loved and accepted, I chose not to trust in order to protect my heart. That led to living a double life that I hid from everyone. Eventually, that double life came to light when I was accused of a crime I did not commit. Facing the prospect of prison and afraid of losing my entire life, I turned to God and had an experience that showed there is a way to heal and change.
I lost the most important people in my life when I was accused and convicted of crimes I did not commit. I lost my job, my reputation, my family, and my freedom. Being falsely accused and sentenced to a lengthy prison term, I began to seek ways to help others avoid the painful consequences of poor life choices and lead people to the greatest source of healing and change–God. Against all odds, I not only survived but also changed in my prison environment. Writing my story is one of many ways I hope to help others find the path to self-discovery and change and avoid the path that leads to incarceration and misery.
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In my youth I earned an Eagle Scout award and also received my Duty To God award. I lettered in basketball in high school and enjoyed all sports; and at age 19 served a Portuguese-speaking mission to Portugal. Afterward, I attended a state college and then university where I studied business. I am the father of three beautiful children.
Now, how wonderful does Matthew Harrison sound?! Matthew Harrison is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of the author’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and the author and I hope that you enjoy Matthew Harrison’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself
I am father or three currently incarcerated on a wrongful conviction. I have a very supportive family who has stood by my side through this entire ordeal and has made writing a book a reality. I have read over 500 books since being Incarcerated and felt my story, like others I have read, might inspire others to change and never lose hope in the face of incredible adversity. I still believe the truth will set me free one day.
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
My inspiration for my book came from family members who were familiar with my life story and felt that it had value for those who might go through similar circumstances. I also felt that the truth needed to be told and that the myths that the justice system always gets it right or is about truth and justice being served could be uncovered for the misconceptions they are.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
My advice for those wanting to write is simply to begin writing whatever you are passionate about, and then go back over it to fine tune and make it what you want it to be ultimately. For me, that is how I found the inspiration to write and to not be too overwhelmed by trying to write it perfectly from the start. Also, I found writing in the mornings while my mind is fresh and rejuvenated was a great help.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
The most important thing about a book is its theme or main message. You must constantly stay on tract to shape the narrative to fully express your message. In my book, the theme of choices shape decisions, and decisions bring consequences always is reiterated time and time again in the examples I use. My entire life thus far is a result of bad choices that opened the door to others using me to shape their narrative.
What is your writing process like?
Writing is painstaking for me because I do not have access to many of the tools authors need. That is where my family comes in as a supporting cast. For 4 years, I wrote my story to them through emails; and my family compiled and formatted all the emails into chapters of the book. It was a great learning experience for all of us.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
My true story is replicated through the prison as new prisoners come in and others leave. Some are guilty, but some are not. When I learn by watching them or listening to their stories, I can soon discern those who should not be here. It is their stories that support my own wrongful conviction experience.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
Because of the prison routine, my time is really not my own; consequently, I have to look for the few opportunities I can be alone and write. That will vary depending on the day and events. I also run some of my narrative by other prisoners who have been in my situation, so my story reflects that of others here with me.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I love to read and have read over 500 books this year. Since COVID, our educational opportunities and outdoor exercise has become infrequent; consequently, reading has become my favorite pastime. Reading also led me to discover what triggered my reactions to feeling unwanted and unloved. Once I understood why I chose to do what I did that opened the door to those who would mistreat me or lie about me, I was able to move forward to being in a better place. I read a lot of spiritual books because I believe the Lord has blessed me while I have been her, forgiven me, and given me personal inspiration to find new and positive directions.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
I am currently beginning to work on another book that deals with navigating the legal system and jail/prison. For those like me who had never experienced the legal process before coming to prison, I was shocked at how things were done and the injustices that take place behind these walls. I want others who might face legal battles, and especially those who are innocent, to know how to find a good attorney, what their basic rights are, and how to ensure their rights are protected during the process. They also need to be aware of what goes on in jail and prison to protect themselves and be aware of the culture inside. I wish I had known the things I will share in my book when I was going through the process because I think things would have turned out differently if I had. I want to be an advocate for those who have few rights under the current judicial system.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Matthew Harrison! If you have liked what you have read about the author and are interested in learning more, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,