A creative writer since age 14, Brandon Mattinen ’17 recently self-published his first novel, “Six Minutes.” The novel officially launched on iBooks and Amazon on April 8. A finance major and member of North Central College’s wrestling program, Mattinen’s dream of writing and publishing his own novel began in 2011.
“I have always enjoyed sharing ideas and stories that would hopefully have an impact on people,” says Mattinen.
“Six Minutes” primarily targets a teen and young adult readership, ages 15-21, but is approachable by many other ages as well. The novel follows wrestler Tyler Mason and his mysterious mentor Jason Teach. Against all odds, Tyler makes it to the championship round, but loses himself in fame and fortune. He struggles between making the right choice and the easy choice.
In writing “Six Minutes,” Mattinen channeled his own life experiences into the fabric of the novel. Since he began the writing process, the lessons he learned along the way have helped shape him and are the driving force to impart the story to others.
“I wanted to share the same darkness I felt, because I know there are people in the same place I was, if not worse,” said Mattinen. “I wanted to share something that would drive people to be the best they can be without worrying what others think.”
After several rejections from literary agents, Mattinen eventually decided to take the future of “Six Minutes” into his own hands and make his dream come to life. He personally designed the cover art, including the logo and image.
“I wanted it to feel real and gritty, because wrestling is truly a tough sport. It has changed my life.”