A warm welcome to my blog
The above header is a quote. It isn’t something I would write about my own work, and a couple of years ago, not something I would ever have thought to be written about me. And yet, it was.
Wicked Game is my first novel. It came into existence almost by accident. Woven from notes made as part of my treatment for PTSD, it was first released on Kindle as a self-published work early in 2012.
In 2015, the rights to Wicked Game were acquired by Orenda Books of London. Orenda assigned an editor to work with me to produce an improved and polished version of my original work. It wasn’t easy re-visiting the text that had been part of a healing process to try and put my health problems behind me but it proved to be worthwhile.
Not long after publication, Wicked Game was long-listed by the Crime Writers Association for the 2016 John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award.
The new e-book is available now from all e-book outlets. The paperback is now available in Waterstones, WH Smith, Hive and through many independent bookshops. From 1 August 2016, the book is also available in audio format thanks to W F Howes direct, or through Amazon as a CD or to download.
A brief synopsis can also be seen by clicking on ‘The books‘ tab above or on this link.
Starting this year (2016), I will have the opportunity to do some travelling to meet readers. This starts with my first ever author panel at the prestigious Glasgow AyeWrite literary festival on 11 March and a formal launch at Waterstones, Piccadilly, London on 22 March. I have also set up an events page where you can check out where I will be during 2016. Do come along and say hi. I will be the one by the bar looking thirsty!
In the mean time, here are a few examples of how the first book was received.
“Terse, tense and vivid writing. Matt Johnson is a brilliant new name in the world of thrillers. And he’s going to be a big name.” Peter James, International best-selling crime thriller novelist and author of the ‘Roy Grace’ novels.
Yes, that is the Peter James. You can imagine how I felt when I received the email from him.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes says of Wicked Game “From the first page to the last, an authentic, magnetic and completely absorbing read.”
“…imagine a book with the realism of Ryan & McNab [and] the story telling of Patterson…” Amazon review May 2013.
“Matt Johnson has stepped into a very busy genre but has come up with something fresh and distinctive. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I look forward to getting to know more about Robert Finlay” Goodreads 2013.
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