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Matt Whyman

Matt Whyman is the author of a number of acclaimed novels, including Inside the Cage, Boy Kills Man and The Wild. His latest book from Simon & Schuster (US publication only), Oink - My Life With Mini-Pigs is his first work of non-fiction for adults. He is married with four children, and lives in West Sussex, England.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

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. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Going to bed without having to set the alarm clock.

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.'

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. I listen to music while I write, but never take it in.

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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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