Matthew Willis was born in the historic naval town of Harwich, Essex in 1976. He grew up in a nearby village, never far from the sea, becoming a keen racing dinghy sailor in his teens. A family connection with the 4th Dovercourt, a troop of Sea Scouts associated with the Royal Navy, helped foster a passion for the age of sail, and Nelson’s Navy in particular.
Matthew studied Literature and History of Science at the University of Kent, where he wrote an MA thesis on Joseph Conrad and sailed for the University in national competitions. He subsequently worked as a journalist for Autosport and F1 Racing magazines, before switching to a career with the National Health Service.
His first novel, Daedalus and the Deep, was published in 2013. It was based around the historical sighting of a sea-serpent by the Royal Navy corvette HMS Daedalus. He currently lives in Southampton, and writes both fiction and non-fiction for a living.
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