M T Mathieson
The youngest of four children, I was born in North Kent forty-something years ago and that is where I lived, on a council housing estate, for the first twenty-five years of my life.
When I was nine or ten years old, I was fortunate enough to encounter that precious thing, a wonderful teacher, who planted the seed of possibility that writing was something I could do. I caught the writing bug. It was a love that stayed with me throughout my childhood.
Unfortunately, where I grew up, work was in short supply and getting a job, any job, was the prime concern of most school leavers who wanted to make something of their life. I gave up all ideas of writing in favour of getting a "proper job" and started work in a factory the day before I officially left school at 16.
I've never been afraid of hard work and, by God, I worked hard at getting better work. It paid off. Through the years I've worked as a typist, Assistant Company Secretary, IT Manager and Property Manager. Now I work in the state education system, supporting children with Special Educational Needs. It's the worst paid job I've ever had but probably the most rewarding.
It took many years before I started putting pen to paper again and still more before I made the decision to publish. It is a decision I haven't regretted. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.
These days, I live in the East of England countryside, where I enjoy a long and ever changing list of hobbies while avoiding all things domestic, usually with great success.
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Ann Barford, forty-two years old, divorced mother of two, estranged from her eldest daughter, returns to Hennerton Lighthouse to confront the ghosts of her past.
The secret she has carried with her for the past thirty-two years, one that has shaped her life and tainted others, must be exposed and laid to rest. Most of all, justice must be served and Ann knows just how to make that happen.
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Carol Walsh, overprotective and pessimistic by nature, returns home late at night to find her daughter isn't there. When she is unable to contact her, Carol succumbs to her own fatalistic thoughts.
A short story giving two different points of view of the events of a single night.
On Rathbone Road
(5.00 from 1 review)
A modern short story.
Stacey, a bright young student, reflects on a single day in August and a walk along Rathbone Road that changed her outlook on life.
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- Hurricane: A Short Story
on July 16, 2012
The protagonist is an irresponsible womaniser and pleasure seeker, not a character you would expect to have much sympathy for. However, we also discover very early on that he is a vulnerable and caring soul in an uncaring world. Unfortunately for him, he is also naive, a trait which leads him into trouble.
Throughout the story there are references to dead dogs, knocked down by motorists who simply can't be bothered to stop for a dumb animal. By the end of the story I could see a parallel between the dispensable dogs and the plight of Papo and all the other nobodies in the world. Papo is just trying to survive in a world where he is no less dispensable than a stray dog.
Narvaez's writing style is such that the reader's interest is maintained from the first word to the last. A really great read.
- The FishingTrip-Trial by Water, Execution, & Deliverance of Retribution
on July 23, 2012
I must admit to being a little uncomfortable with this story initially. Can murder ever be justified? However, as the nature of the town in which the story is set was gradually revealed, it became apparent that there was no other way.
This is a well-paced story with enough action to maintain interest while at the same time providing enough background and character detail to enable the reader to relate on an emotional level. I liked the character of Roman so much that I'm hoping for a sequel so that I can meet him again.
Another good read from Ey Wade.