Biog

Image of a cupcake “Matthews is one of the few writers  who can rival
Marian Keyes’ gift for telling heart-warming tales
with buckets of charm and laughs”

Daily Record

 

Carole Matthews is an internationally bestselling author of more than 31 hugely successful romantic comedy novels. Her unique sense of humour has won her legions of fans and critical acclaim all over the world.

As well as appearing on the Sunday Times and USA Today bestseller lists, Carole is published in more than 31 different countries. Her novel Welcome To The Real World was shortlisted for the RNA romantic novel of the year award. Her book Wrapped Up In You was shortlisted for The Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read award and for the RNA Romantic Comedy of the Year award. She was also inducted into The Festival of Romance Hall of Fame for her outstanding contribution to romantic fiction. The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas reached number 5 in the Sunday Times Bestseller list.

In the USA, the hilarious For Better, For Worse was selected by one of America’s top TV book clubs – Reading with Ripa on LIVE with Regis and Kelly – as their book of the month. As a result it went straight into the USA Today and New York Times Extended bestseller lists.

Carole co-edited two editions of the hugely popular Girls’ Night In charity series called Girls’ Night Out – one for the USA and one for Canada. All proceeds go to War Child. She has also contributed a story to an anthology for the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Loves Me, Loves Me Not. Carole has presented on television and is a regular radio guest.

Born in St Helens, Merseyside, Carole has always been an avid reader and dreamed of being a teacher, an air traffic controller, a travel guide or a hairdresser – writer never featured once. Leaving Liverpool for London after a torrid holiday romance in Torquay, she worked as a secretary, an ice-cream lady, a shop assistant and a beauty therapist. It was when she was working in a completely mad holistic clinic that she first thought ‘one day I should write a book about this.’ She still hasn’t got round to it.

Entering a short story competition in Writing Magazine, the first fiction she’d written since being coerced into it at school, Carole – to her and everyone else’s amazement – won a thousand pounds! Then – to her and everyone else’s amazement – she spent the money, not on shoes and handbags, but on a writing course. The tutor on the course liked what she was writing and recommended an agent who took her on straight away. He sold her first book, which became Let’s Meet on Platform 8, a week later.

Previously very unlucky in love, she now lives happily ever after with her husband, Lovely Kev, in a minimalist home in Costa del Keynes which is near London, England. She likes to drink champagne, eat chocolate and spends too much time on Facebook and Twitter. When she’s not writing novels she can be found watching rubbish telly or doing something involving paper and glitter. Usually wearing a tiara.