About Me


I write novels, non-fiction books, short stories, essays, poetry, and that tiny disclaimer type on cans of imported “fish” from … elsewhere. I’ve also been known to edit magazines, test experimental jetpacks (always wear your helmets, kids … or grow enough hair to cover the scars), and engage in bare-knuckle pugilism with semi-trained grizzlies on the touring circus circuit (summers only). Look out!

Matthew P. Mayo

Matthew P. Mayo is the award-winning author of thirty-plus books and dozens more short stories. His novel, Tucker’s Reckoning, won the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award for Best Western Novel, and his short stories have been Spur Award and Peacemaker Award finalists.

He has been an on-screen expert for a popular BBC-TV series about lost treasure in the American West, and has had three books optioned for film. Matthew is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and is a member of: Western Writers of AmericaWestern FictioneersSCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators); and Grizzly Boxers Anonymous.

Matthew and his wife, photographer and videographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo, along with their indefatigable pup, Miss Tess, run Gritty Press and live in the deepest, forested wildlands of Maine. When they’re not battling belligerent bigfoots and foiling the filching ways of hordes of gray squirrels, they rove the byways of North America in search of hot coffee, tasty whiskey, and high adventure. Be sure to rummage at Matthew’s website for updates about spurious projects, outrageous outings, and a few surprises, too….

Western Writers of America’s 2013 Spur Award for Best Western Short Novel.
Finalist, Western Fictioneers 2010 Peacemaker Award for Short Fiction.
Finalist, Western Writers of America’s 2010 Spur Award for Short Fiction.

Contributor (Fiction, Poetry, Essays, TV/Film):
“Myth Hunters: Legend of Treasure Mountain” (BBC TV series; on-screen expert)
Somewhere, Sometime…. (Lowestoft Chronicle Press anthology)
Livin’ on Jacks and Queens (Piccadilly Publishing anthology)
Wolf Creek, Book 7: The Quick and the Dying (Western Fictioneers shared novel)
The Avenger: Roaring Heart of the Crucible (Moonstone Books anthology)
How the Red Sox Explain New England (Triumph Books)
Six-Guns and Slay Bells: A Creepy Cowboy Christmas (Western Fictioneers anthology)
Wolf Creek, Book 3: Murder in Dogleg City (Western Fictioneers shared novel)
Beat to a Pulp: Round 2 (Beat to a Pulp Books anthology)
Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook (Moonstone Books anthology)
The Traditional West: A Western Fictioneers Anthology (WF)
Cactus Country Anthology, Vol. 1 (High Hill Press)
Bad Austen: The Worst Stories Jane Never Wrote (Adams Media)
Port Yonder Books’ Christmas Campfire Companion anthology
PulpWork Press’ How the West Was Weird, Vol. 2 anthology
Needle: A Magazine of Noir
DAW Books’ Steampunk’d anthology
DAW Books’ Timeshares anthology
A Fistful of Legends
Where Legends Ride
Beat to a Pulp
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk High School

Goose River Anthology
Out of the Gutter Magazine
Astonishing Adventures Magazine
Harbor Journal
Out West
The Berkshire Review
Wolf Moon Journal
The Lowell Pearl
The Lyndon Review
Many Harmonies
Ratbone Rag
Green Mountain Trading Post
The Snook

Editor (Anthologies):
Beat to a Pulp: Round 2 (Beat to a Pulp Books anthology)
Where Legends Ride (Express Westerns)

Editor/Contributor (Articles, Essays, Reviews):
Roundup Magazine
Meridian Bridge
Big Sky Journal

Western Art & Architecture
Down East—The Magazine of Maine
Miami Living
Fly Rod & Reel
Fishing Tackle Trade News
The Face