Matthew Willis

About me

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.

From my website

Aurora – free short story in honour of Antarctica Day

To mark Antarctica Day 2016, I am making available for free download my short story Aurora, which was longlisted for the Historical Novel Society’s 2014 prize. The summer came, and with it, finally, a feather of smoke on the horizon. Gresham was with Vickery on Observation Hill when they saw…

Two new William the Conqueror novels

Today is the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings – the single battle that has perhaps done more to shape the destiny of England than any other. The fate of England, and indeed, Europe, looked very different in the evening of 14 October 1066 than it had early that…

New anthology of tales featuring strange beasts

The Random Writers’ new anthology Stalking Leviathan, a Bestiary of Tales was released last week, and speaking as one of the three editors, I think the ‘Randoms’ have surpassed themselves with invention, style and creativity. We’re conducting a Book Blast on Friday 7 October, so come and have a chat…

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