My name is Matthew Drzymala 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 now live in Liverpool with my fiancée, Elaine. She's my rock and my constant supporter.
I loved writing at school, once winning an award when I was 11 for the best class story, though the teacher said it was too violent, which I still refute to this day.
Back then I'd never have dreamt I'd be sat here writing an About The Author page.
Then I stopped writing...
I don't have a fantastical tale like a lot of writers, who seem to have written since they were technically still too young to hold a pen, but I found my way back in the end. I took part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) in 2011 before taking a Creative Writing course in 2012/13.
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. I have four separate stories so far, called:
- Last Christmas
- The Bachelor, and
- Albert's Christmas
There is also a complete collection called:
- The Bumpkinton Tales: Volume One
This includes the four singles stories, plus a bonus story called The Family Jewels.
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.
I'm now Freelance Copywriter, a massively different skill to writing books. I've written web pages for clients as well as other bits such as product descriptions, taglines and company names.