Matthew W. Grant

Biography

Matthew W. Grant is the author of several screenplays and novels in various genres including the SLATERS FALLS series and the NORTHBRIDGE series.

Publisher's Weekly declared Matthew's novel, SECRETS OF SLATERS FALLS, "Tragicomic deliciousness!" noting that the "Bawdy, snappy humor catches spark right away." PW also noted the novel's balance between "Class-conscious dirty realism and the prurience of nighttime soap operas."

SECRETS OF SLATERS FALLS achieved semifinalist status in the Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Matthew's screenplay adaptation of his novel, ZACH'S SECRET, was a finalist in a contest sponsored by Script Magazine.

Matthew has a degree in Education and Communications earned after his thesis, SEX ON SOAP OPERAS, raised eyebrows and pulse rates on campus. His material has appeared on numerous websites and in two newspapers.

Visit MatthewGrantOnline.com to learn more about these and Matthew's other writing projects. Matthew loves to hear from readers, especially those who tell all their friends about his books!

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
It's called THE KILLER NET and it's about a serial killer who meets his victims over the Internet in 1999. They think they are meeting a nice guy who is interested in a relationship, but he's really just interested in finding his next victim.

The idea originated partly from talking to people online back in the day. There was always some level of danger because you had no idea who you were really talking to. Unfortunately, that hasn't changed. Can you really believe everything you read in an online dating profile?
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing since I was little kid in elementary school. I still remember the first novel I started. (it was on a manual typewriter. Did I just date myself too much?) I had such grand plans for that book - turning it into a whole series in fact! I had all the titles and outlines for six horror novels about the same characters.

Later in high school, I wrote stories that became popular among friends and classmates. They eagerly awaited the next installment. It probably didn't hurt that I gave them cameos in the stories!
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Where to find Matthew W. Grant online


Books

Zach's Secret (M/M Gay Romance Coming Out)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,150. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Can a young man come out, find love, and survive senior year all at the same time? Zach Denham, the editor of a small town high school newspaper, struggles to act like a "normal" guy by dating a female friend. Key, the school’s newly arrived attractive jock, forces Zach to confront the truth about his sexual identity.
That's Why I'm The Soap Opera Writer
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Price: Free! Words: 6,670. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Media tie-in
That's Why I'm The Soap Opera Writer - This humorous short story goes behind the scenes of a soap where the drama is more intense than what happens in front of the camera. Bonus Story: Welcome To Slaters Falls - Find out who comes out on top when a dirty cop pulls over a take-no-prisoners bitch in this short story featuring characters from Matthew’s novels series Slaters Falls and Northbridge.

Smashwords book reviews by Matthew W. Grant

  • Boob Tube (a Soap Opera Novel) on Jan. 03, 2011

    Boob Tube is an enjoyable romp through the world of daytime dramas, focusing mainly on all the behind-the-scenes shenanigans that take place among the cast of the ironically named fictional soap TRANQUILITY BAY. I enjoyed the contrasts among the three different personalities that the characters display. (No, I don't mean soap opera split personalities in which a character puts on a wig and starts speaking with a different accent!) I'm talking about how the characters act when they are on screen, when they appear in public, and then in private when they interact with their fellow cast members. The fact that one of the authors was a reporter for Soap Opera Weekly really adds another dimension to the reading. We know it's fiction, but we also know that as an insider, the author was privy to all the real-life juicy secrets. Soap fans will be guessing throughout the novel at which real life daytime stars' antics are being hidden in plain sight.