Matt Corton
  • Matt Corton

  • Born: in The United Kingdom.

  • Description: I've always written. When I was young, I wrote silent film scripts on a typewriter. When I was a little older than young I wrote ideas in a pad which I built songs and tales out of. Then, after a gap, I started writing proper stories.

    The first of which was 'Withheld', which I wrote, on and off, for just over ten years. It's been a bittersweet journey that has started and ended with similar struggles. I'd been toying with the idea of writing something 'proper' for a while, having regularly kept a diary as well as writing many plays and stories as a child, but had never really done anything serious about it. Just as I was starting my third year at university, I learned that my best friend was suffering from cancer. Knowing of my desire to write, when I asked if there was anything I could do for her, she asked if I could write her something to read in hospital. That something turned into me sending her a chapter a week of an ever-evolving story, a story that evolved even after I had 'finished' the first draft, some years later. Thankfully, my friend completely recovered and the story was forgotten about for a while, for the main part, while I started other projects, took a course in short story and novel writing and generally got on with life. Then, as if creating a circle of events, I was myself diagnosed with cancer in the autumn of 2009. The ensuing treatment left me with a lot of time off work to do little but lie in bed and my thoughts turned back to my book, determined to make something positive come out of the experience. After an extensive editing period, including rewriting most of the book, I ended up with the finished product and, hopefully, a returning clean bill of health. As a writer, I have, as yet, had nothing published. I unsuccessfully attempted to write short stories, finding the limit on words constricting. I have started several other novels but have so far completed none as I've always come back to 'Withheld'. I feel this book has something to offer, something from inside me that means something to me and that I want to share.

    'Small Places' is a much more personal affair in terms of the germination of an idea - dealing, at least in part, with the struggles of leaving a 'small place', be that town, village or even states of mind, and finding out that even in a big city, everyone still lives in their own 'small place'. Which isn't to say this is autobiographical in any sense - but this is what it COULD have been like to live in such a place - this is a collection of ten stories telling the one story of when six friends played with things they shouldn't. Of when their own small places begin to fall apart around them.