Featured Interview With Matthew Drzymala
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
My name is Matthew Drzymala and I was born in Manchester, UK but I now live in Liverpool. I moved there in 2012 when I met my now fiancee.
We have no pets, my fiancees parents are allergic to animal hair so we can’t have them, though where we live isn’t the best place for pets such as cats or dogs. Though we could have a goldfish, I suppose.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve always loved books, always an avid read. My first author love was Roald Dahl. What a genius, who doesn’t love his words?
They’re just magical.
I wrote a good bit when I was young but, like lots of things in life, it went astray in my teens.
I started writing again when I was 27 (I’m now 35) so there was a large gap.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favourite author ever is Terry Pratchett. His mind was extraordinary and he is sorely missed. His imagination blows my mind, but he wrote a lot of stories with humor.
So when I started to write I knew that humor would be my road.
I write because I want to make people laugh. I want to write stories that make people relax, away from the stresses of the world. They’re pure escapism.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book is called The Bumpkinton Tales: Volume One and is a collection of 5 stories set in my fictional village.
The stories are based around the goings on in Bumpkinton and each is different. From near death experiences at Christmas to a womanising egomaniac thinking he is Gods gift at the inaugural Singles Night, there’s laughs aplenty.
Some stories are more sedate, such as Bittersweet, which is about two new arrivals in the village who are opening a new shop.
The stories are packed with colourful characters, such as Amelia Goose, the busybody who gets up everyone’s, to Father Whitworth O’Grady, the local priest, trying to do good, and ending up frustrated at every turn.
And as for what happens at the Christmas Markets in the story Albert’s Christmas, well, I’ll let readers find out. Silly Marjorie!
They’re cozy, comfy stories, with lots of one-liners.
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