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Matt Wash

I was born in Essex and lived there until I was 11 years old. Ever since, I have been fortunate enough to live on the beautiful south coast in Dorset. I spend most of my Saturday mornings writing new book ideas, sat with a coffee in a gorgeous restaurant that overlooks our bay. I feel very lucky to have such an inspirational scene in front of me when I’m creating my next chapter!

I went to college to do my A-levels and then onto university to study a BA (hons) in Sports Studies and Business. I wanted to keep my options open career-wise, but deep down I knew that one day I wanted to work with children.

I have been a Primary school teacher for almost fourteen years now and have always had a passion for writing. Many of my English lessons are taught using text I’ve created in my spare time. I love the fact that you can make a story by choosing any objects, scenes or characters you want! The freedom and the joy I feel when I’m writing is indescribable. The reason I write is simply that it makes me very happy. It’s just been a hobby until recently, but I’m now much more focused and determined to have writing become a larger part of my life. It really is my dream job! I’ve also had various articles included in the local newspaper that I’ve written for some of our school events.

Being a teacher is a real advantage when writing children’s fiction as they give immediate feedback and you can really gauge whether you’ve written something worth pursuing. I never tell them which pieces of work are mine until after they’ve told me what they think of it! I also enjoy penning ideas for psychological thrillers. My favourite authors include John Grisham, Thomas Harris, Claire Mackintosh and Lee Child.

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