Mat Clarke

Biography

Writing became a hobby at the age of ten, boredom being a great catalyst. Whenever I had an idea I would put words to paper until something interesting was produced. I have always loved dreaming up and writing new stories.

I wrote from the age of 10 and also built or designed unusual contraptions and created tools for working with assorted wood products. Creativity has always been my thing, however, no other person within my extended family harbours this same creative gene, so I always assumed I was odd rather than artistic.

My non-fiction work has been inspired by my letter writing to government bodies and assorted companies, either to request information on a current associated issue or to offer a solution to an ongoing problem with (if a local government) traffic, public transport, spending, banks, etc. And (if a company) an idea for the product so that it could become better accepted by consumers, or in some cases, healthier for consumers.

In December 2009 I came across a story I had begun a month earlier but so far written only a single page. I read it again and realised the story was not only interesting but also had the effect of creating excitement as to what would happen next. I immediately decided this could be a great beginning to a piece which could become my first full length novel, Wake (working title).

The idea for Wake was born from a writing retreat on the outskirts of Bendigo, Australia.
I had taken a break from punching keys on my laptop and walked from the small cabin into the night. Now standing in the silence with the tree canopy looming above, I watched the breeze adjust the leaves ever so slightly—barely enough to create a rustling. It was a creepy, lonely night; isolating beyond anything I had experienced. I smiled. An idea seeded: What would it be like to wake in the middle of nowhere with no memories and no idea of how you came to be there.

Wake is my first completed novel and I am currently 45,000 words into its sequel.

I am also editing Citylife, my second completed novel, and finished writing my third novel, Blue, whilst on a return trip from the US where I visited for book research.

You’re welcome to have a read of some of my short stories on my website. Let me know if you liked them.

In addition, my writing group and I have completed two anthology of short stories, with another to be completed in April. See my website for more information.

Where to find Mat Clarke online


Books

Awaken, A Novel Squeezed Down to Just 5 pages
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Price: Free! Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
A man wakes up in the middle of the wilderness covered in cuts and bruises, wearing only runners and shorts. Not sure of how he came to be there, he sifts through broken memories to recall just one fact: he works for a bioengineering company on viruses, not harmful, but beneficial viruses. His only problem is that rival companies and government agencies will go through anyone to steal it.
Writing Games, Writing Tips, Writing Exercises.
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,900. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
How could a jumble of words with a little punctuation become something that’s interesting to read? Is it a gift from the gods? Something only the highly educated can produce? Or maybe anyone can do it? If you want to know if YOU can achieve your writing goals, then why not have a play around with some words and sentences using my writing games.
31 Odd Short Stories
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 106,300. Language: Australian English. Published: July 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A collection of 31 short stories, each one quite different. 99cents for a limited time. The majority fit within the thriller genre, yet many stretch themselves outside of this restriction and become something more. You'll be taken on adventures, chilled to your core and surprised at the sometimes unusual paths the characters walk (or run).
Don't Panic They're Just Hemorrhoids
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Price: $3.85 USD. Words: 5,550. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing
A booklet on stopping hemorrhoids in their tracks & how to never get them again. Also, how to never get hemorrhoids in the first place! Easy to follow information on the different kinds of hemorrhoids, symptoms and what exactly is happening to your body. Once you've read this booklet you'll be thoroughly informed and ready to act on this advice and rid yourself of hemorrhoids for good.

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