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Why you should write

I tell you what annoys me. What annoys me is when people imply I have an easy job. Doesn’t that annoy everyone? I don’t know. But I bet brain surgeons get annoyed at parties when people say to them ‘oh, you are so lucky, I’d love to do some minimally invasive endoscopic surgery if only I had the time.’

Or doesn’t that happen?

Anyway, this idea that writers have it easy annoys me for two reasons. First, writing is not stamp-collecting. It is not some nice little hobby you do to wile away the hours. Writing – proper writing – is hard. It is exhausting. It eats you as it feeds you. It is the greatest joy sometimes, but like all the greatest joys it is hard-won. It is no winning lottery ticket. (more…)

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The Humans launch

Celebrate the launch of my new book ‘The Humans’

Free Word Centre, Farringdon, London, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

You are invited to join Booktrust in celebrating the release of my new novel The Humans.From Booktrust:May 2013 sees the release of The Humans, the new novel by Matt Haig, Booktrust’s online writer in residence. It is an excellent and touching novel about an alien on a (more…)
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Writers and Twitter

The internet is the best thing that has ever happened for writers.

Not everyone agrees with this.

Some people wish writers would stay the hell off Twitter and stick to writing their books.

This week in particular there has been a lot of talk about the way authors use the internet. One successful writer has been branded a ‘monster’ for retweeting praise of his books.

Personally, I thought this was a bit harsh. But I would think that because I am also a ‘monster’. (more…)

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To Be A Cat in America

To Be A Cat American cover

My kids book, To Be A Cat will be out June 11th 2013, in America, published by Simon and Schuster. The brilliant illustrator is Stacy Curtis.

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To Be A Cat shortlisted for UKLA award

My latest children’s book, To Be A Cat, has been shortlisted for an UKLA award.

The UKLA Book Award, is a national award conferred by education professionals and it is held in high esteem by teachers, who regard the shortlist as a reliable indicator of the best books of the year for inclusion in class and school collections.