Born and raised in the capital district of New Jersey, USA, Matt rarely read fiction outside of the classroom. To this day he can only recall completely reading just three fiction stories for entertainment in his youth: The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling; Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary; and an illustrated version of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Reading aside, Matt began writing seriously in 1999, his senior year of college. The need for a three-credit elective course led him to try his hand at ENG303, Creative Writing: Poetry. Shortly into the semester he was drawn into the course’s text, a small soft-cover book titled The Creative Writing Guide by Candice Schaefer and Rick Diamond. He was hooked on the book just after reading chapter 1: Writing as a Journey. To him, the narrator’s voice was a familiar and encouraging one, and opened his eyes to using the five senses to strengthen his writing.
A casual writer for the next several years, it wasn’t until 2006 that Matt picked up a copy of Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell, an inspiring book that thrust him into a frequent writing cadence.
Matt acknowledges that writing brings forth distant memories. And writing about memories makes them vivid, real, and permanent. The momentum of writing is now difficult to stop. He often wakes up yearning to write, and goes to bed wishing he still had energy to write more.
Today Matt explores the art of writing novels, novellas and plays within the popular genres of action-adventure, detective, inspirational, and mystery.