About Something To Wish For by Scott Merry
Matt Rhodes has everything he could ever want as he graduates from university. A steady job at The Fountain Courtyard Hotel and Coffee Shop. A steady girlfriend, Claire, with a love of the colour pink. A steady home under his mum’s roof a short walk from work. A steady group of friends with a broad knowledge of sitcoms. A steady hobby playing the ukulele with a loop pedal attached so he can recreate classic rock songs. He has it made. Right?
Graduation weekend highlights some of the cracks in his steady life and as his friends (and girlfriend) set off for pastures new, Matt begins to see how frustratingly stale everything has become.
Set in the seaside city of Newbridge on Sovereign Island, this is the story of Matt Rhodes trying to find a purpose in his life when everything that was steady seems to be crumbling around him.
Except the ukulele.
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Scott lives in the UK market town of Grantham, Lincolnshire with his wife and two children. He works full-time and writes in the evenings (mostly when the children are in bed).
His first written work published originally started out as the Smile series before being relaunched as the Huntingham series in 2023, over a decade after the idea was first conceived. Smile, Smiles and Smiled were the end result of the original story he planned in late 2012 while sitting in the lounge waiting for the forlorn wails of his baby daughter.
Scott has a fascination with people’s life stories, having discovered the highs and lows in his own life to be closely tied together. He wanted to put some of these concepts in print to finally realise a dream originating when he was child to have a book published.
His latest work is a series based on the fictional Sovereign Island which explores genres such as family life and new adulting based on the themes of mental health, the power of music, and all the best of friendships.