About the Author
I'm Matt, author, workshop presenter and copywriter - but we'll get to that later.
I was born in Manchester, growing up in the North of the city where I built dens and had mud fights in the street with my brothers, Robert and Adam.
It sounds like something from The Beano, but I can proudly say we once had a den in the garden with special codes to get inside.
My sister, Lisa, never joined us, no doubt she was sitting in her room listening to Madonna or taping the Top 40 off the radio.
I've grown up a lot since then even if I did once, accidentally, smack Adam in the face with a cricket bat. If you opt to stand in the backswing, you will pay the price.
I mainly write comedy books, as seen in my series, The Bumpkinton Tales. They are funny stories set in the rural village of Bumpkinton, packed with a cast of quirky, colourful characters.
My first book was a set of short stories titled The Bumpkinton Tales: Volume One, which includes the stories:
- Last Christmas
- The Bachelor
- The Family Jewels, and
- Albert's Christmas
Then, in 2018 I released the first, full-length, Bumpkinton novel, The Fantastical Gregory Shortbread.
It took three years to write, I even lost a draft to a computer virus, but after a lot of blood, sweat and tears, it finally made it to the shelves!
Humour is something that comes naturally to me when I write and always has done.
I've been asked a few times in interviews if any of my books are about me, to which I always say, Brainstorm. This is a darker story than my Bumpkinton releases and is centred around Clinical Psychologist, Michael Eriksson.
Parts of that story happened in my life, mostly when I was in my late teens and early twenties, so it's a personal story, but one I loved writing.
Not only am I an author, but I'm also a Workshop Presenter.
But what does that mean?
Well, it means I visit schools and colleges with a workshop to help GCSE students write a short story for part of their course work. I did a fair few of them in 2016 and 2017, but had to stop due to a change in work circumstances.
However, as I now work for myself, these are once again on the road in 2018!
I'm now Freelance Copywriter, a massively different skill to writing books. I've written web pages for clients as well as blogs, articles, product descriptions and a lot more.
I've even proofread a book for a fellow author.
If you'd like to see what I do, visit the Indelible Think homepage.