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An interview with author Matthew Corrigan.
Thursday 17th July 2014 @ 14:02 by Anna Fletcher
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Matthew Corrigan

Matthew Corrigan’s first novel Osprey begins on Werneth Low and moves across Tameside and Greater Manchester.
It follows corrupt local politician Andy King as he tries to run a scam involving renewable energy.
Matthew is bemused at the success he has received since first trying his hand at writing only 3 years ago as he entered a short story competition in Marple and came out with first prize. Since then he has written a non-fiction book, The Manchester Heinkel about a rather neglected piece of history. In the second world war a German bomber plane that was shot down and landed just outside Stockport.
Though this was Matthew’s first published work, he actually finished writing it while Osprey was in the publishing process.
The two were different styles to get used to.
Matthew said: “With a non-fiction book everything is there for you, it’s a matter of searching it and finding it out, with fiction you’re creating a whole world almost from nothing so it didn’t flow so easily because ideas would come to me at 4 in the morning.”
In his day job Matthew sells leasing and balances it with his new found talent.
He said: “Somebody actually asked me recently is your job that bring? Is that why you come up with all these ideas? I said yep pretty much!”
In the whole process Matthew picks out getting published as being the most difficult part, though he said it felt amazing when he finally got a yes after a year of trying.
He said: “With being a new writer, it’s very difficult to get the chance, it’s just a matter of keeping plugging away. I would say target your publishers, do your homework and approach the right one and remember that it takes longer than you would think. It can be 3 or 4 months until they even look at it once you’ve sent it in.”
Talking of his inspiration for Osprey Matthew said: “The idea for the wind turbines came from a TV programme that I was watching about wind power and wind power isn’t particularly very efficient, but it would be if there was some way of putting the turbines high up in the sky.
“The corrupt councillor, that came out of the MPs expenses scandal, I tapped into that. I think everyone is sick of politicians so I just thought let’s make it up around that, but keep it local because that’s what I know.”
Matthew had intended his main character Andy King as the villain of the piece however he has been surprised by people’s reactions.
He said: “I thought he was supposed to be horrible, but most people who read the book seem to quite like him and empathise with him!”

Osprey is out to buy now.