About Me

Hi; welcome to my website. Thanks for visiting! Do take a browse around, take a look at my blog and laugh at my instagram pictures (yes, I caved and went on instagram). Perhaps even drop me a line to say hello.

Who am I? Well, I’m an author, a disability advocate, a trustee, a marathon walker and a photographer. Yes, I do manage to fit all of those things into my week – although it can be tight sometimes! I live in Kent, in a seaside district of 130,000 people, which leapfrogs hugely during the summer months and tourists come to visit.

I’ve been published twice through Inspired Quill, an Oxford-based publishing house. My (fantasy) books are Fall From Grace (2011) and Leap of Faith (2013). You can buy them from pretty much anywhere; Waterstones, Amazon, Play.com and Barnes & Noble are just a few examples. I’ve been told there are lots of others places, but I can’t remember them all! I’m currently writing a number of short stories and editing a couple of full-length novels (in different genres) to submit to publishing houses.

The three charities I’m trustee of are;

  • The Two Dyspraxics. With T2D, I also hold executive functions as one of the two founders, along with my good friend, colleague and partner-in-crime Barbara Neill, and we’re working hard to raise awareness of a condition called dyspraxia, as well as wider “invisible” disabilities. I’m a passionate disability advocate, and write and speak a lot on the subject.
  • TG Peer Associates Ltd (TG PALS). Heather and the team are dedicated to supporting transgender people from the first tacit exploration of their gender dysphoria through to full disclosure, wellbeing, transition and post-transition support. I wholeheartedly support the work of such an excellent charity.
  • Bechange work hard to in the Dover district of Kent to raise peoples’ aspirations; getting them work-ready and education-ready through tying together all the strands of their lives into a healthier “whole.” I’m very proud to serve as their vice-chair.

I’ve done four marathons  for charity (including one where I came joint 10th out of 17,000 participants), a half-marathon (where I came third out of 5,000 participants) and three 8km walks.

I’m also studying to become a Public Health Champion and Practitioner, and I’m looking forward to seeing where that takes me.

13 comments

  • Peter Papaioannou  

    Hi Matthew,
    My daughter would like to use the image of the open book within her blog and mention your name. Would you mind? Thx

  • Patricia  

    Hello Mathew thank you for replying and offering help, My Grandfather was John Thomas Arnold born 1880s in Kingsdown, His Father was Richard Arnold Wife’s Name Alice. His birth Was1850s. My cousins and I have exhausted our search to link with Jarvist and would welcome any help, we were in kingsdown a week ago visiting the Maritime Museum . We have full dates of birth and other information, however if it is okay with you will forward via email ro######. which I believe you can access.
    Regards another possible Cousin. Patricia.

    • MM  

      Hi Patricia – sounds really interesting! Drop me an email on mnnwjm1981@gmail.com, and let’s what we can share 🙂 Glad to meet another cousin!

      • Patricia.  

        Hello Mathew I sent info to the email ad: you provided however it was rejected I have double checked to no avail.
        Regards Patricia.

        • MM  

          How odd! Just to double-check, you emailed me at mnwjm1981@gmail.com? Try it again without any attachments this time, see if that works 🙂

  • Paticia, nee, Arnold  

    Hello Mathew is one of your middle names Jarvist.I am researching my family history.

    • MM  

      Hi Patricia – yes it is, my great-great-great-grandfather was Jarvist Arnold of Kingsdown in Deal. Happy to share any info …

  • Nicola Parmar  

    Love your website Matthew x xx some great reads… much love x

    • MM  

      Ha, cheers Nicola – what a lovely thing to say 🙂

  • Samantha Pocock  

    Hi Matthew,

    I hope this message finds you well. I was just wondering if by any chance you would be able to send me some information about book publishing. I know it has been a while since we have corresponded. I will wait for your reply.

    Kind regards,

    Samantha

  • Samantha Pocock  

    Hi Matthew,
    I hope this message finds you well. We met last week at the Ashford Library Mystery Night. Your story was so good. I really enjoyed. I hope there is more to come. On that night I was telling you about a book I would like to get published. It is my husbands grandfathers book about being a POW and building the Burma railroad. It was very harsh conditions. But anyway I have NO idea about publishing a book. So any help you can give me would be great. You did mention you would give me some names of publishers. But is that the first step? Like I said I have no idea about this sort of thing. Okay well I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,

    Samantha

    • MM  

      Hi Samantha,

      Very good to hear from you! Apologies for the delay in getting back to you; later on today, I’ll collate some info and send it over to you. Do you have an email address I could send it to – would that be easier?

      Cheers,

      Matthew

      • Samantha Pocock  

        Hey Matthew,

        Sorry it has taken me soloing to get back with you. Here is my email sammypocock@hotmail.co.uk.
        Thank you.

        Kind regards,

        Samantha

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