Matt Whyman

Matt Whyman is a distinctive contemporary voice in children’s and adult writing. After graduating from the University of East Anglia’s MA in Creative Writing, Matt’s career as a writer has taken him from Agony Uncle columns (Bliss magazine and AOL) and teen self-help guides to the cutting edge of both adult and children’s fiction. His critically acclaimed young adult novel Boy Kills Man was short-listed for several awards, including the 2004 Teenage Book Prize, and praised by Melvin Burgess: ‘Bold, chilling and beautifully written’. It is currently in development as a feature film with the producers of the cult film Kidulthood. Matt is married with four children (and an enormous dog) and lives in West Sussex, England.

Books by this Author

Oink
Goldstrike
Icecore

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Matt Whyman
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. A pet is for life. Even the demanding ones.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Muhammad Ali. Once upon a time I bumped into him in a shopping centre in Bristol. True fact!

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. I'm Agony Uncle for Bliss - a UK teen girl's magazine

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Someone who knew about pig-keeping when my wife suggested a pair would make good pets.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Winston Churchill once said that a dog looks up to a man, but a pig looks a man in the eye. I would like to go back in time and suggest that he adds 'and steals his place on the sofa.'

Author Voices

May 19, 2011

When I started writing Oink: My Life With Mini-Pigs, Butch and Roxi could both fit inside the cat basket in which they'd arrived. Midway through, Roxi had grown almost knee-height to me. Once I'd finished the book, she'd added a couple more inches. After that, she began packing on the pounds. As for Butch, he's certainly a small pig, but won't be climbing back inside that cat basket again.

When people hear about my book, or look at the cover, often their first response is 'I want a minipig!'. That's pretty much how my wife saw things when she first came across such pictures. Sure enough, when Butch and Roxi moved in with us they were... see more

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