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.

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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. To be feared at Singstar

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. When it comes to pets, I wouldn't know where to begin.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Captain Ahab. I know how it feels to be pitted against great beasts.

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.

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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