Matt Johnson is the author of the 2016 John Creasey CWA Dagger listed novel 'Wicked Game' which was listed by Amazon UK as the highest-rated rising star novel of 2016. https://www.amazon.co.uk/best-debut-novels-books/
Originally a self-published work, in 2015, the rights to Wicked Game were acquired by London based publishers Orenda Books.
Matt is an ex-soldier and cop from the UK.
'Wicked Game' has recently received these reviews.
"Terse, tense and vivid writing. Matt Johnson is a brilliant new name in the world of thrillers." - PETER JAMES, International best-selling crime thriller novelist.
"From the ﬁrst page to the last, an authentic, magnetic and completely absorbing read."
- SIR RANULPH FIENNES
"Utterly compelling and dripping with authenticity. This summer’s must-read thriller."
- J S LAW, AUTHOR OF 'TENACITY'
"Out of terrible personal circumstances, Matt Johnson has written a barnstormer of a thriller. Nothing is clear-cut in a gripping labyrinthine plot, which – despite thrills and spills
aplenty – never falls short of believable." - DAVID YOUNG, AUTHOR OF 'STASI CHILD'
"Wicked Game has the authenticity I look for in a thriller. While the plot kept me turning pages, the characters made me care. Matt writes like a man who has lived it’ - KEVIN MAURER, CO-AUTHOR OF 'NO EASY DAY'
About the author
Matt Johnson served as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer for twenty-five years.
Blown off his feet at the London Baltic Exchange bombing in 1992, one of the first police officers on the scene of the 1982 Regent's Park bombing, Matt was also at the Libyan People's Bureau shooting in 1984 where he escorted his mortally wounded friend and colleague, Yvonne Fletcher, to hospital.
Hidden wounds took their toll. In 1999, Matt was discharged from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Whilst undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism.
One evening, Matt sat at his computer and started to weave these notes into a work of fiction that he described as having a tremendously cathartic effect on his own condition. He has used his detailed knowledge and memory to create what has been described by many readers as a fast paced, exciting and authentic tale of modern day policing.
Matt Johnson is living proof that PTSD is a condition that can be controlled and overcome with the right help and support. He has been described by many fans as an inspiration to fellow sufferers.
A keen biker, Matt rides a '99 Harley Davidson Fatboy and is patron to the UK based 'Armed Forces Bikers' charity.
In his spare time Matt keeps honey bees and produces his own honey. He scuba dives, collects unusual hats and enjoys hill-walking with his three dogs at his home in Wales near the Brecon Beacons.
More information, including book tour dates and festival appearances at www.mattjohnsonauthor.com
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Matt is now represented by James Wills at Watson-Little Literary Agents in London. He is available for interview either through Watson Little and can be contacted by email email@example.com and through twitter @Matt_Johnson_UK .