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Happiness is finishing the first draft of your book


It’s quite simple really. A number of the stories in my forthcoming book were written four or even five years ago as I trudged to, and back from, work. they were experiments to see how quickly I could write a story that could engage the reader, let them see a different world, and leave them wanting more.

However, I wanted more. I wanted Detective Inspector Blaise Maximillian to be more than a few flash-fictions. I wanted other people to truly get to know him and his sidekick, Bill Thatcher, and to learn more about the Great War of 1914-1922 and the Bitter Defeat that followed it.

And now, they will be able to. I’ve taken that ever-so-important step of completing the first draft of the book. It stands at around 51,000 words in length, nearly 300,000 characters, and 138 paperback pages. Hopefully I’ll be adding more words as I edit, expanding on ideas that at the time were clear to me, but which I now realise need a tweak so that the reader truly understands.

So it begins. I’m certain that fairly soon I’ll be happy enough to send it off to someone else for a good edit. Then I just have to get it up onto Amazon pre-0rder.

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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