Hello. My name is Paul Mathews. I’m a 44-year-old British writer who’s given up his 9-to-5 job in London to write comedy-thriller novels.

Before I gave up my job for a life of writing, I worked as a Government press officer for 16 years – generally avoiding emails, answering phones or any kind of contact whatsoever with journalists. That was so I could concentrate on the creative bits, such as writing news releases and features. When I wasn’t doing that, I was telling jokes, making people laugh and dreaming of a life that didn’t involve 100+ emails a day, photocopiers that kept jamming and phones that didn’t stop ringing.

Prior to that, in the days before the internet and mobile phones – so long ago, Justin Bieber wasn’t even born – I was an accountant. But I don’t like to talk about that (it brings back too many horrible memories of corporation tax calculations and balance sheets). And going back even further, when I had a ponytail and wore flowery shirts, I studied philosophy at Cambridge University. So, if anyone wants to know the meaning of life . . . just drop me an email.

What else? Oh, yes. I have an eight-year-old called Lulu. She’s got four legs, purrs a lot and is a bit fussy with her food. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know her as my assistant. She is my constant companion at home and lets me know if I need a break from the laptop, I’m spending too many hours on social media, or it’s time to stop writing and play hide and seek. But mostly she just sleeps. Even more than I do.

That’s all for now. If you haven’t already, I invite you to visit my Novels page to find out more about my books. Thank you!