Matt Shea Writes of Courage and Strength in “The King of Coalman's Hill”

Posted on September 15, 2015 by April Elkins | 0 Comments

Caretaker Clayton Graves fights for his loved ones and community in Matt Shea’s new novel, The King of Coalman’s Hill. Clayton’s priorities consist of bringing food to the hungry, warmth to the cold and helpless, and caring for his beloved granddaughter, Elizabeth. Once tragedy strikes the legendary mountain man, his strength is tested as he struggles to ensure a bright future for Elizabeth and his dear friends in the mountain community.

The King of Coalman's Hill is a moving story filled with old-fashioned values, childhood nostalgia, and the challenges we all face in life. Focusing on the importance of love and family, the novel’s message resonates long after the final words are read.

The King of Coalman's Hill is the eighth book written by Matt Shea. He is greatly inspired by the writings of Andy Griffith and focuses on the common folk that comprise small towns. Matt credits the success of his first book, The Groundskeeper and Other Short Stories, to his family. The values that were instilled throughout his childhood gave him the strong sense of justice that is conveyed through his writings.

The King of Coalman's Hill is available in softcover (ISBN 978-1-62137-748-1) and eBook (ISBN 978-1-62137-749-8) from,, and This book can also be ordered from most bookstores around the United States and United Kingdom. For more information on the author or the book, please go to:

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