Matthew

Matthew

42 years old
Male
Location
BERKHAMSTED
United Kingdom
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Fiction for children
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Film / TV
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Other
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Michael Bond / Ian Flemming / Roald Dahl / John Boyne / Mary Norton / Mildread D. Taylor Philip Pullman -
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Goodness me! Well, Danny the Champion of the World, was the most marvellous and exciting book for a young boy to read with wonderfully evocative illustrations by Jill Bennett, so that's a favourite along with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Disciplined
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To be a good writer and creator of children's fiction and storybooks. And to have created memorable characters that bring excitement and adventure to readers.
    Your worst habit?
    I like to eat just half a biscuit now and again and in doing so I leave the other half un-eaten in the biscuit tin.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    I deeply respect the good folk of publishing
    Where do you write?
    On any scrap of paper that comes to hand.
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    Well I have a wonderful allotment with the most ginormous raspberries, blackcurrants and parsnips you have ever seen. I enjoy rock climbing, wild swim and exploring remote mountains in all weathers, sometimes I go missing for days on end.

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I live in Hertfordshire and work in London in television. I studed art and design and then film, graphic design and mixed media as a degree.

I enjoy the outdoors and of course children's books.

Some my favourite illustrators are Angela Barrett, Patrick Benson (The Minpins), Oliver Jeffers and Judith Kerr (The Tiger who came to Tea).

I like Mary Nortons' The Borrowers, The Hobbit, Roll of Thunder Hear my cry, To Kill a MB and Paddington still makes me laugh.

Oh yes, The Wind in the Willows is another favourite with brilliant characters.


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