I’ve always loved reading so I guess it’s no surprise that I ended up working as an editor. Over the years I’ve worked on many fantasic SF, fantasy, history, art, humanities and children’s books, and I loved every minute of it.

But I’ve alway longed to write for a living, so I gave up my day job to give it a go. So far, so good…

You can follow me on Twitter @MattRalphs2




I live on a boat called Nostromo (named as such because Alien is one of my favourite films) and can be found somewhere on the Grand Union Canal, probably drinking tea and daydreaming.



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  1. I just got your book and have read three times. I enjoy reading and out of all the books I’ve read yours is the best. I am very into stories about witches and I can’t wait to read fire witch. What inspired you to write this book? I am counting the days till fire witch comes in stores! Could you please keep David in the next one and not make him too cruel. I am only ten but I think David and hazel should have a kiss at the end of the book if they are older by then. Please don’t stop writing fire girl books! I am your biggest fan and thank you for writing fire girl. I am very interested in literature and think I want to work my way up to be an author. Sincerely,brook the girl


    • Dear Brook,

      Thank you so much for letting me know how much you liked ‘Fire Girl’ – it’s very kind of you and I am thrilled that you enjoyed it so much.

      My inspiration for ‘Fire Girl’ was an image that popped into my mind of a young girl with red hair and an old man in a long black coat. They had their backs to me and were talking secretively to each other. I wondered what they were whispering about . . . and that is how the story started. I knew the man was a Witch Hunter, but I didn’t know who the girl was. And Bramley arrived only when I’d started to write the book. Making up stories is just daydreaming really. I let my imagination wander here and there, up and down, and slowly the stories start to form.

      David does appear in ‘Fire Witch’, but I’m afraid I’m going to ask you to be patient and wait to see what happens to him! I think the book is out in July/August, but in the meantime I recommend Abi Elphinstone’s ‘The Dreamsnatcher’ or ‘Rose’ by Holly Webb. They are both dark and magical adventures by fantastic writers.

      I’m glad you want to be an author too, and I wish you the very best of luck. You’re already doing one of the most important things any writer should do, and that is read lots of books. And if you write stories and daydream and well, nothing can stop you!

      Yours sincerely,



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