DeLuca Librarian Publishes First Novel

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Matt Erickson may spend his days instilling a love of reading in his students as the librarian of North Babylon’s William E. DeLuca Jr. Elementary School, but when he is off the clock, he’s busy keeping readers on the edge of their seats as a suspense thriller novelist.

Released in September, Mr. Erickson’s novel, “International Harvester,” is not for the faint of heart. A psychological thriller, the story, set in New York, follows the activities of Phillip Gant, a handsome and charismatic serial killer. “As an author, I want to take my readers on a journey, to build suspense and give them a satisfying ending,” said Mr. Erickson.

While the children Mr. Erickson teaches on a daily basis aren’t his target audience, he is still able to use his experience as a published author in his lessons. “In my library classes, I work with my students on creating their own stories. We will co-author creative writing pieces, where I’ll begin a story and the students will use their imaginations to complete the piece,” he explained. “I like to try and make library fun and interactive for the kids. I want them to understand the correlation between reading and writing.”

“International Harvester” is available for purchase online, in bookstores and as an ebook.

For reader reviews, the synopsis, an excerpt, or to view the trailer, visit Mr. Erickson's website :