Matt Stanley was born in Sheffield in 1971. Following a degree in English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia, he taught English in Greece, China and Poland.
Along the way, he’s worked as a bookseller, a holiday rep, a hack journalist and a subeditor. For the last few years, he’s been a freelance copywriter and – as James McCreet – is the author of a series of Victorian detective novels and a textbook on novel structure (Before You Write Your Novel, Routledge 2016). See also www.jamesmccreet.co.uk
Having never previously had an agent, I’ve sent manuscripts to virtually all British agents in recent years. This time, I sent my book to the one agency I’d somehow overlooked and they got back to me within days saying yes. Fate?