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A lifetime love of words leads to career as author

By Isle of Thanet Gazette  |  Posted: November 11, 2011

FALL FROM GRACE: Matthew Munson

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MATTHEW Munson, from Broadstairs has lived his life in a world surrounded by a love of words and books.

Now he has published his debut novel Fall From Grace and is well into writing the sequel.

Former Holy Cross and Dane Court student Matthew, 30, worked in Broadstairs library for three years before moving to Thanet College, Pfizer and now Thanet council's Gateway.

Matthew's love of words came from his father and former Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay Times sports editor Nigel Munson, who encouraged his son to read and write stories at an early age.

"Mum and dad always encouraged the right way to talk and taught me to use the correct grammar. I think I wrote my first book when I was about eight and drew the pictures. It was about space dinosaurs. I've always liked jotting things down and I'm a Star Trek fan."

His love of science fiction and admiration for writers such as Terry Pratchett was fine-tuned into fantasy for his book, the ideas of which began in his early 20s as a student living in St Peter's.

He became extremely disciplined, writing at least 1,000 words a night after work and more at weekends. He jokes: "I'm single. And I have at least another two or three books in my mind. I write solidly and I do a lot of research."

Fall From Grace follows ex-priest Paul who is searching for a niche in life and becomes caught up in a murder. It set against a sub-plot of a rebellion in heaven.

It took Matthew about two years to finish including "tweaking" but was, he says, a joy to write.

"About a third of the way through I just had to get to the ending. I hope readers feel the same."

Fall From Grace was published by Inspired Quill on October 19 and is available in hard copy at bookstores priced £7.99 and electronically at £3.49.

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