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!
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!
"A little jealousy never killed anyone." Yet...
Daniel Zenk is a typical college guy. Good-looking. Driven to succeed. A little too cocky. He differs from most of the other frat boy types on campus in one important way – Dan has the hots for his male English professor! While implementing his plan to seduce the sexy older man, Dan crosses the line between interest and obsession.
Drew Carlton is a 25 year old athletic hunk who doesn't know how good-looking he really is. He's waited a long time for the special night when he enters Club Fangtasy, nervous about his first time with a man. Especially a man who also happens to be a vampire. Will the dark desires and forbidden attraction between a vampire and a human lead to eternal love or the final nail in the coffin?
Beauty. Beast. Not your grandma's fairy tale! Transformed into a hideous beast, conceited Prince Christopher has only a limited time to fulfill a near-impossible condition or the curse will remain with him forever.
As the Prince-turned-beast wonders, how can a man like Bobby whose beauty is more than skin-deep ever come to love a creature such as himself?
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. Enter confident and popular Key Stahl, the school’s newly arrived attractive jock who takes an interest in the innocent young man that goes beyond friendship.
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.