Matthew Arnold Stern
Hello, I’m Matthew Arnold Stern. I’ve been writing professionally since 1983 as a novelist, technical writer, publicist, scriptwriter, and journalist. I’m also a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and have won a number of awards for public speaking and technical writing.
I write to educate people, spark their passions, and inspire them to work towards a more just and humane world. In my fiction, I write about characters who struggle to free themselves from their limitations, especially the ones they impose on themselves. In my public speaking books, I offer practical advice to help you become a better speaker. When you read my works, you will get information you can use and stories that will stay with you for a long time.
I self-published my first novel, Offline in 2005. This novel is about a single mother trapped in a merger gone wrong. She must contend with a staff that doesn’t trust her, a coworker she is falling in love with, an untrustworthy boss, and Bartleby — the enigmatic employee with a dangerous secret.
My second novel, Doria is set in an impoverished South American country during the 1970s. Six-year-old Carla Guzmán finds herself orphaned by her country’s violent revolution. With the help of a teenage rebel and a communist general, she struggles to survive the dangers of the Cold War. But she and her fellow citizens find themselves making a difficult choice that can either save their country or lead to World War III.
My best-selling public speaking book, Mastering Table Topics provides 500 Table Topic questions and step-by-step instructions on how to form a well-organized and powerful answer. This is an invaluable resource for speakers who want to improve their impromptu speaking skills.