author of adult literary fiction and children's fiction books

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About Matt

Matt Bloom, author of adult literary fiction and children's fiction

An author's journey

Matt Bloom has worked many jobs over the years to support his writing habit, including but not limited to kitchen hand, freight elevator operator, migrant laborer, truck driver, bartender, and currently as an anti-money laundering investigator. Matt grew up on Long Island and has lived briefly in Australia, Mexico, upstate New York, and Ohio. He now lives in Manhattan with his wife, Shelley Simmons-Bloom, and their cat, Bunny. Matt’s first published work of fiction was a short story in the Westside Spirit, a free weekly newspaper that still exists. His three previous novels are Blue Paradise (Red Brick Press 1998), A Death in the Hamptons (Hatherleigh 2002), and The Last Romantic (Hatherleigh 2005). His children’s books are the award-winning Hello, My Name is Bunny! (2016) and Hello, My Name is Bunny! London (2018). Matt has also earned fiction fellowships at Sewanee Writers’ Conference (1998), Breadloaf Writers’ Conference (1999), and a residence at MacDowell Artists’ Colony (2003). 




  


Adult Fiction by Matt Bloom

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Blue Paradise (Red Brick Press, 1998)

"...this novel introduces a talent whose ability to create interesting characters and drive them through a narrative marks him as an author to watch." Publishers Weekly

  

In a style reminiscent of James T. Farrell and Lawrence Block, Blue Paradise takes the reader into a lonely world of heavy drinkers, prostitutes, bar fights, scam artists, and losers…and to a world where the indomitable human spirit can always be redeemed.


From behind the bar at Blue Paradise, Nick Gallagher has seen it all. His one hope of getting away from the rundown tenements and grimy streets of Hell’s Kitchen is his next boxing match, the biggest of his career. Jimmy, the local bookie, has a different idea, though. 


From Hell’s Kitchen to Times Square to the casinos of Atlantic City, this stunning literary debut delivers a knockout punch.

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A Death in the Hamptons (Hatherleigh, 2002)

A Death in the Hamptons (Hatherleigh Press, 2002)

“A good read...Bloom captures both sides of the Hamptons brilliantly." Hollywood Insider


It’s getting hot in New York City, and the chic, elite, and well-to-do are headed to their favorite summer retreat on the East End of Long Island. But this year it’s not a celebrity or Wall Street mogul who starts tongues wagging and the scandal sheets rolling. It’s local fisherman, Andrew Kane, who has the misfortune of reeling in the headless body of a second-rate actor along with his morning catch. This is just the start of Andrew’s descent into the darkness, danger, and intrigue lurking just beneath the glitz and glamour of the Hamptons. 

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The Last Romantic by Matt Bloom (Hatherleigh Press, 2005)

The Last Romantic (Hatherleigh Press, 2005)

"A highly entertaining read." Port Washington News


The Last Romantic follows twenty-one-year-old David Hirschberg on his journey through Las Vegas as he desperately tries to lose his virginity. One amongst thousands seeking sex, excitement, and easy money, David finds himself uncontrollably drawn to the wrong people and entangled in a web of danger and deceit that he must use his wits and a fair amount luck to extricate himself from.

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Children's fiction by Matt Bloom

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Hello, My Name is Bunny! (2016)

"After finishing this book, I was immediately consumed with jealousy. Bunny had so many fun-sounding adventures, and now I have like 50 things on my cat bucket list." Thomas, That Cat Blog

 

Winner of a New York City Big Book Award, this enchanting children's fiction chapter book is inspired by Matt's real-life rescue cat named Bunny. Hello, My Name is Bunny! is the tale of a small kitty with a big heart who's finally found her fur-ever home. Yet Bunny can't seem to enjoy her good luck knowing other animals aren't as fortunate as she is. 


This desire to help those in need compels Bunny to escape her safe, comfy apartment and embark on a wild adventure that takes her through Manhattan's busy streets and over its towering skyscrapers in a daring attempt to rescue a mistreated carriage horse. 


Features 15 original illustrations by artist Pippa Mayell.


$5 from every book sold is donated to KittyKind, the group who rescued Bunny in 2014, and other U.S. rescue groups.


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Hello, My Name is Bunny! London, the second in the Hello, My Name is Bunny! chapter book series

Hello, My Name is Bunny! London

"...this beautifully illustrated and equally beautifully written story will charm children and adults alike. I was pulled into the story from the very first page. As was the case with the first book, the antics of Bunny and her friends had me smiling throughout the book." Ingrid King, The Conscious Cat


Foxes in peril! No problem. Bunny Simmons-Bloom to the rescue!


Hello, My Name is Bunny! London is the tale of a small kitty with a big heart, who's finally found her fur-ever home and is on a mission to pay forward her good fortune. In this second story in the Hello, My Name is Bunny! series, Bunny teams up with 10-year-old Lily Hayward, Rocky, the lazy tabby cat, and Goldy, the adorable and mischievous golden labrador puppy, on a daring adventure that takes them through nighttime London in a bold attempt to save the city's foxes.


Features 22 beautiful color illustrations by artist Pippa Mayell. Suitable for ages 6+ and cat-lovers of every age. 


$5 from every book sold is donated to KittyKind, the group who rescued Bunny in 2014, and other U.S. rescue groups.



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