Kenneth J. Matthews

I was born in an army camp at the start of the second world war, my father being killed in Burma towards the end of the conflict. I was shuffled from pillar to post for the next eight years, ending up at my Granny’s in Edinburgh.

In 1949, at the tender age of nine I was sent to a Military School in Kent where discipline was harsh, and I was taught to shoot a .303 (army issue) rifle at the age of 11. 

At the age of sixteen I became a (small-time) rock-n-roll star in a band called Johnny and the Falcons in Edinburgh and the group became well followed. So well were we considered, we were (myself and the lead guitarist), invited to join Dean Ford and the Gaylords, who later became Marmalade… when the manager told us our band member friends were crap, we became incensed and told him where to stick his band… Big mistake!

For as long as I can remember I’ve been a storyteller. I still get criticised for turning the most mundane activities into stories… (“For God’s sake, get to the point!”) 

In 2007/2008 I attended Edinburgh Napier University and was awarded an MA degree in screenwriting. After having four short films made from my scripts, I returned to writing novels, this was after I discovered there was no money to make feature films (which was my forte) in Scotland.  

Thank goodness for computers, it allows me to write down my stories, a combination of thriller, comedic, scary, dramatic, paranormal and fantasy.

Currently I have written two stories in the ‘One Man’s Fault’ series, “One Man’s Fault” and “The Beholden.” A paranormal series with comedic overtones.

The first novel I released is “Lesser Expectations”, a thriller where an unsuspecting family are bequeathed a Billion-pound fortune. The only problem they have with that is; they also inherit another relative, who is a serial killer determined to kill them all so he can inherit the lot!

The fourth book is “The Santa Stone”, a young adult fantasy story which follows the story of three children who find themselves tasked with saving Santa Claus from death. It is written with a dual perspective, that of the children and their adventures in a different world, and that of the parents, terrified as they worry for their children.

More in each series will be released as soon as I can copy them from my brain to the computer!

Contact information is available on my website and I’m always happy to talk to readers.

Best regards and keep on reading…