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The Halloween Parade Reading

The Halloween Parade Reading

Not sure if The Halloween Parade is for you? Listen to me read chapter 1 here and then rush off
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World Book Day Offer

World Book Day Offer

To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 1st March, I'm offering 15% off all purchases on the Green Monkey Press
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My Discomfort With Kickstarter

My Discomfort With Kickstarter

Why I am uncomfortable with Kickstarter campaigns (with a subtext on overcharging)
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Countdown to publication

Not long to go now!
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New Cover Design – Spyglass and the Cherry Tree

Warning: May contain exciting cover art!
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New Cover Art

Exciting news this week as The Spyglass and the Cherry Tree has a new ebook cover (see below!). I'm excited
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Halloween Parade Cover Reveal

Halloween Parade Cover Reveal

It is with great excitement that I can finally reveal the cover for the upcoming first instalment of the Monstacademy
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Monstacademy – New WIP

How would you like being dragged away from all of your friends and forced to attend the spooky, monster-filled school on the hill at the edge of town?
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It’s alive!

It’s alive!

With much excitement, Spyglass is ready to go live!
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Spyglass and the Cherry Tree Book Trailer

Spyglass and the Cherry Tree Book Trailer

Progress is still being made on Spyglass and the Cherry Tree, the debut novel for both myself and the Shadowland
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The Editing Process

The Editing Process

How does one openly accept critique of something so personally created over years of writing, drafting and re-drafting? It's something
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Big Editorial Decision

Big Editorial Decision

Today marks a big step in the process of publishing my first novel, Spyglass and the Cherry Tree. I've made
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Writing With Scrivener

Writing With Scrivener

On the merits of using Scrivener.
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The Spyglass And The Cherry Tree Sample

The Spyglass And The Cherry Tree Sample

A sample of the first chapter of The Spyglass And The Cherry Tree.
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The Spyglass And The Cherry Tree

The Spyglass And The Cherry Tree

Information about my work in progress - plus a map!
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The Elephant And The Dormouse

The Elephant And The Dormouse

Another attempt at a children's poem from a while back.
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Hello World!

Hello World!

Well, here we are. Again.
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The Spyglass and the Cherry Tree is an epic fantasy set on the distant world of Ithilmir and the first in The Shadowland Chronicles. Read how Skye Thistle sets out to fulfil a prophecy and defeat a Dark Queen threatening to reign down darkness. Available via Amazon or, if you’d prefer a signed copy, via the merchendise page.

(Ages 9+)

Trixie Grimble is the only ordinary girl in a school for monsters! Described as “the funniest story ever!”, The Halloween Parade is a monstrously funny chapter book for the younger reader and the beginning of the Monstacademy series. Available now to order via Amazon or, if you’d prefer a signed copy, via the merchendise page. ( The Halloween Parade is also available in a redesigned layout to aid reading for children with dyslexia and visual impairments).

(Ages 6-10)

About Me

I’m Matt Beighton, which hopefully you should know as you’ve already found your way here and the URL is a giveaway. That is my real name, I don’t write under a pseudonym. I’m somewhere in my very, very late twenties to early-late thirties. I am a teacher by day and father by night. Sometimes I get a little bit of free time and I choose to spend that writing stories.

Outside of my day-to-day life, I try to support Leicester City, keep a lovely collection of firebellied toads and maintain an allotment. I’m not sure which is most trying at times.

At the moment, my works in progress span several different categories. The Spyglass And The Cherry Tree is now available to purchase via Amazon so that’d be a good point for you to jump in and will appeal to readers who enjoy fantasy battles involving Goblins, Orcs and a surly teenage girl. If you enjoy reading about rich mythology then all the better. There’s also a sprinkling of real world reflection regarding the current worldwide displacement of innocent people.

The Monstacademy series is now available to buy via the usual online shops or my own merchandise page.

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Matt