Matthew Drzymala


Matthew Drzymała was born in Manchester in 1981 and started to write seriously in 2011 when he took part in NaNoWriMo. Since then he has relocated to Liverpool, where he lives with his fiancee, Elaine.

Matthew attended creative writing classes in 2012 and 2013 and was nominated for an Adult Learner Award in 2014.
Matthew released his first works in 2013, the majority being stories in the Bumpkinton Tales series. His first paperback was released in May 2016, a collection of short stories and novella's entitled The Bumpkinton Tales: Volume One which is also available in eBook format.

He also runs the Laid-back Writers Group, which meets once a month at Central Library in Liverpool. This group is aimed at writers of any skill or experience, whether they be beginners or experienced, all are welcome. This group is aimed at being a place where writers can come together and write at their own pace and to help kick-start those who want to write but can't get past a first draft.

Matthew lives in a flat overlooking the River Mersey and, when the weather allows, sits outside and writes his stories in glorious sunshine, which isn't much, so mostly takes place at the kitchen table!

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started to write in 2011, taking part in NaNoWriMo before taking a creative writing course in 2012. From then on I haven't stopped writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is called The Bumpkinton Tales: Volume One. It's a collection of short stories and novellas set in the fictional village of Bumpkinton. Each story is slightly different and the characters get stranger as the stories progress. There are a mixture of topics and themes in the book. Bittersweet is about new arrivals in the village who are opening up a shop, much to the displeasure of local busybody, Amelia Goose who has more than a few things to say about the 'townies' coming to the village.

Meanwhile, The Bachelor is about a Singles Night where an outsider comes in, believing he's a ladies man when half of the female population just think he's a giant moron.

There are 5 stories in all which are: Last Christmas, Bittersweet, The Bachelor, The Family Jewels and Albert's Christmas.
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Where to find Matthew Drzymala online


The Bumpkinton Tales
The Bumpkinton Tales are a collection of stories set in the strange village of Bumpkinton. Whether Father Whitworth O'Grady is choking on a penny or Amelia Goose is causing trouble at the residents' meetings, there's always something going on. And who is the stranger causing trouble at the inaugural Singles Night? Once you've visited Bumpkinton, you may not want to leave.

Bittersweet (Bumpkinton #2)

Price: $1.22 USD.


The Fantastical Gregory Shortbread
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,040. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
World-renowned author Sara Hawthorne has chosen the village of Bumpkinton to launch her new book. However, as the writer arrives, the community is facing its worst crime wave in living memory. The time has come for a fundraising event the likes of which Bumpkinton has never seen. But when the big night turns sour, the village needs a hero. It needs the fantastical Gregory Shortbread!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,100. Language: American English. Published: October 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Clinical psychologist Michael Eriksson makes a living from helping others, but after a series of events, he is left fighting to pick up the pieces of his own shattered psyche. When he is called to an attempted suicide on a stormy summer's night, Michael has the chance to save a life, but will it be his own?
Albert's Christmas (Bumpkinton #4)
Series: The Bumpkinton Tales. Price: $1.22 USD. Words: 13,810. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Inspirational
There’s a Christmas crisis in Bumpkinton. The clock is ticking, and Fathers Whitworth O’Grady and Harrison Stawker are running out of time to find someone for a very special job. As they race around the inaugural Christmas Markets looking for the right man to fill some very big black boots, their search is thwarted at every turn by protests, flirty florists, and a vindictive journalist.
The Bachelor (Bumpkinton #3)
Series: The Bumpkinton Tales. Price: $1.22 USD. Words: 26,850. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
If there is one thing Fenton knows, it’s that he’s a ladies man. With a stylish suit, perfect hair and a seductive smile that can send women weak at the knees, he knows he’s got it all. There's a Singles Night looming and Fenton has a secret. He’s no longer single.
Bittersweet (Bumpkinton #2)
Series: The Bumpkinton Tales. Price: $1.22 USD. Words: 18,310. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Inspirational
When Venetia was a little girl, her grandpa would regale her with magical tales of the shop he used to own in the mysterious village of Bumpkinton. But when he died, the tales died with him. 30 years later Venetia resolves to find the shop, but has she bitten off more than she can chew?
Last Christmas (Bumpkinton #1)
Series: The Bumpkinton Tales. Price: $1.22 USD. Words: 7,610. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Inspirational
Father Whitworth O'Grady is tired of the same old Christmas Eve ritual. A ritual that consists of watery vegetable soup and a game of cribbage with the ageing Father Stanton. When Father Stanton catches a nasty cold and has to decline a generous invitation to a meal with the Summers-Day family, Father O'Grady feels no guilt in popping along without him.
The Bumpkinton Tales: Volume One
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 77,340. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Welcome to Bumpkinton! Come in, have a cup of tea and a scone, and lose yourself in five humorous tales from the village. Follow Father Whitworth O’Grady as he chokes on a penny, Albert Scatterhorn as he becomes the grubbiest Father Christmas ever, and Amelia Goose as she feuds with… well, anybody. Plus a whole host of characters as they attend the village’s first Singles Night with a sex-craz

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