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Speaker Profile - Matthew Lasley


Region: Alaska
Age Levels: 5-10 and 11-13
Will Travel: Anywhere in my country
Skype Visit: Yes
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I was raised in rural Alaska where I lived the quintessential Alaskan lifestyle without electricity, indoor plumbing, or running water as well as chopping a lot of firewood to stay warm. In 1991 I moved to Anchorage, Alaska (the "big" city) and attended college. I returned to college later to get my degree in education. For more than 20 years, I have worked with both preschool and school age children. 

In 2019, I published my first picture book, Pedro's Pan: A Gold Rush Story. This story is unique and fun as it is told from the viewpoint of the gold pan. It has been a great journey with so much support in my region and beyond.
In 2023, my second picture will be coming out, Ed and Max Ride to Nome, another true Gold Rush story about a man named Ed who rode a bicycle over 900 miles down the frozen Yukon River in the winter of 1900 in an attempt to beat other prospectors to the Nome Gold Rush. Max (the bike) tells the story of the perils of the trail and his worries of being left behind when conditions become too great for him to go on.

Presentation Description:
I have limited availability to discuss my book, Pedro's Pan, life in Alaska, life of a miner/prospector, gold and the gold rushes. I am willing to do class visits and presentations in person or online. See my website for more details.

I am also available to present on the following to writing groups:

My journey to being published: A look at my writing journey, including early inspiration, writing, getting a contract, the editing process, and working with an illustrator.

Marketing yourself: Things I have done and seen done to help sell yourself and your book.

Manuscript Review/Critique: I am currently focusing on picture books, though I am willing to look at the first few pages of a MG book. For picture books, I am willing to give feedback on openings, story arc, and pacing. For MG, I am willing to discuss opening and character development in the first few pages of your book.