First, tell us about yourself--where you live, your family, and those sort of things.
I was born and raised in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. I am the oldest of seven children. And while I always wanted lots of kids, I never found my mate. I attended the University of Pittsburgh and planned on moving west to Colorado after graduation from dental school; however, I have practiced general dentistry in my hometown of Latrobe for the past 37 years... So much for moving west.
How long have you been writing?
I guess you could say since my college days. But it is in the last five years that I began to write on a regular basis.
Do you have a favorite place to write?
Definitely. I have a large picture window in my family room. My desk and computer look out on a beautiful country scene. This is where I get most of my work done; however, I always carry a small pad with me, so that when a thought hits me, I can write it down.
Why did you decide to write your book, Matt Monroe and the Secret Society?
I love writing for the juvenile age group. Life is still exciting to them, full of wonder and magic. Anything can happen. As far as this specific book, I realized there was next to nothing on dental lore. So I combined my knowledge of dentistry mixed with a little mystery and fantasy, and came up with Matt Monroe and the Secret Society.
Who is your favorite character is the book?
Chad is my favorite character. He is my antithesis. I was always the "careful" kid growing up. Chad is the kind of boy I wished I were. He is ornery and lots of fun, while I was always more serious.
How about your least favorite? What makes them less appealing to you.
Rico is my least favorite character. Every story needs a fall guy and Rico is mine. He represents just about the worst in any child. Rico is the least appealing character because he is a bully. Children change for the better as they mature...some just take longer. Rico is one of those kids that just isn't that nice, and probably will have a hard time reaching maturity.
Do you proof/read/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that or you?
After two drafts, I send my manuscript to a professional editor. I work with him to develop the final draft. Then I send my finished manuscript to a professional proof reader who corrects spelling and punctuation.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
My big hobby is gardening. I also am a sports enthusiast, and enjoying cycling and working out in the gym.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I have to admit that since I started writing, my reading is down. But I love the classics, especially books by Charles Dickens.
Author: Edward Torba
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy / Mystery
Matt Monroe and The Secret Society is the first book in a series about a fourteen-year-old boy and his friends. In this first installment, Matt puts aside his fears as he travels to a same-time dimension to fulfill a prophecy. The saga begins when Matt finds a set of mysterious wooden tablets and an onyx ring. Soon he and his older brother, along with five friends, find themselves transported to the world of Paragon, where they face numerous obstacles. This is an account of deception and betrayal, mixed with courage and the bonds of friendship. Prepare yourself for an exciting adventure with an extraordinary ending. The second book in the series, Matt Monroe and The Haunted House, continues the story of these courage young teens.