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And it just keeps coming!


Not quite sure why all of this is happening right now, but I’m certainly not complaining!

So far – as you no doubt know – I have had a short story accepted for the Grimm and Grimmer anthology by Fringe Works, I’m submitting my Shattered Lands: Torquemaster Rising novel, and I’ve been asked to edit a collection of Undead Nazi short stories for Fringe Works.

All good news. I was then talking to someone who has also been accepted for the Grimm and Grimmer anthology. They happen to be an editor for a book company that I like. As we were chatting I said that based on the news, there would be a certain type of book that I thought would be written or published shortly.

We talked some more and I expanded on how I thought such a book would go, and they liked it. I then said ‘Can I pitch this then? To you?’. To my surprise and delight, the answer was ‘Yes’. So, I’ve now written nearly 2,000 words on background fluff for the universe, come up with the main character’s name, and I’m currently working on a chapter breakdown.

Going from a standing start isn’t as easy as I thought it might be, as I was just spewing out things that I had been mulling over, and not giving complete thought and follow-through to it. However, Google, Google Maps & Wiki have all helped me firm the details and places down.

Watch this space, as and when I have some news, you can guarantee that I’ll be shouting about it!

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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