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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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Book Length and What Makes LitRPG


Keywords: Word count, and the definition of LitRPG.  I’ve been reading with interest the debates in the various groups out there with regard as to how long a book should be and what defines LitRPG.  There are a number of authors out there, me included, that aren’t penning mighty tomes. I keep mine short because … Continue reading

Desperate Times are here!


Coming 25th December 2016! It’s 2100, Britain faces its greatest challenge as the remains of the European Combined Armed Forces dig in to repel the imminent ChinKor Republic invasion of Great Britain. Bombers and missiles destroy whole swathes of British cities and countryside and every eligible man and woman over the age of 16 has … Continue reading

Mech pilots in 49ers – A visual description 


In Desperate Times,  and especially in Spetsnaz and Devon’s Demons (gasp! Spoiler!), I have mechs. If you’re new to sci-fi and you’re wondering what mechs are, have a look at the image below. This is taken from Battletech, one of the most popular RPG and tabletop games and computer games franchises in history.   Mechs … Continue reading

What do the 49ers characters look like?


I’m not a good artist. As such, I have to trawl the internet to find an image that slightly resembles the characters I have in mind. I have also tried to not describe the appearance of any characters bar ‘large’ for Gorillas etc. There are a number of reasons for this. The main reason is … Continue reading

What do the 49ers’ uniforms look like?


Those of you who have already read Desperate Times will have seen the image I used to give a general representation. Well, the search continues and I have a couple of images to share with you so that you can get a better mental picture when you’re reading. As soon as I can afford it, … Continue reading

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