Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and seventieth, is of debut novelist Matt Morris. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Matt is a twenty-year-old author who has recently had his debut novel ‘Sweeper’ published. After spending three years completing an English Language and Linguistics degree in Sheffield he has moved back to his family home in a small village on the outskirts of Hull. He works part time on a duck farm, working there from early in the morning until early afternoon everyday, and writing in the afternoon. Matt is passionate about football, supporting Arsenal, and is also a keen guitar player. After leaving university Matt knew he wanted to be a writer, and applied for some jobs, admittedly half-heartedly, before realising the farm, which he had worked out since he was fourteen, was the perfect job to provide some cash and still leave time for his writing.
In the initial few months after leaving university Matt wrote ‘Sweeper’, a story that was picked up by Safkhet Publishing in late 2013, before being published in early 2014. Since then the story has gained ten five-star reviews on Amazon and has been met with kind and enthusiastic reviews. Matt is close to completing his second novel, named ‘Dying Minutes’, and is also underway on a third novel.
And now from the author himself:
When I first thought of writing a novel is seemed like a mere pipe dream. I had a story planned in my head, the story that would turn out to be ‘Sweeper’. I graduated from the University of Sheffield in the summer of 2013 and realised that if I wanted to get the book down, there was no time like the present. I started to write and soon realised that it was what I wanted to do, it was a real thrill to put my ideas down on paper and see them all coming together. The characters in my head were finally getting their chance to be brought to life, and it was an exhilarating feeling.
When I first sent Sweeper off I didn’t expect much feedback, I had been applying for jobs after graduation and expected similar responses, vague rejections. To my surprise though, later on in the same day of sending it, Will and Kim from Safkhet Publishing got in touch saying they liked the story, and were willing to publish it. I couldn’t quite believe it at first, to know someone out there enjoyed the story I had written down was a great feeling. Two other publishers also asked for the book, but I already knew Safkhet was the one. I then got to see the book being produced and analysed, it amazed me how much work went into it. I have recently been sent the final product to my Kindle and it is amazing to see it looking like a real book!
I dream of being a writer when I’m older and am currently working on short stories for some competitions I have picked out. I plan on carrying on writing thrillers, as it is the kind of writing I feel most comfortable with. I love reading thrillers, especially by the likes of James Patterson and Dean Koontz.
My favourite author is Stephen King, whom I see as the master of storytelling, in my eyes no-one comes close. My favourite book of all time is not a Stephen King though, although ‘Green Mile’ does come a close second, but is ‘Catch 22’ by Joseph Heller.
I want to be a writer because I simply enjoy doing it, it is a great feeling to write a story, and even greater when someone responds positively to it. At the age of twenty-two, I feel I have plenty of time ahead of me to write, and hopefully one day, my name will be at the top of the best-sellers chart.
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