About M. Lorrox
Best Selling Author
I’m an American author whose story is like any good novel; it’s full of mystery, suspense, drama, and comedy. Hopefully my story turns into a fine wine—instead of a stinky cheese. In any case, while I’m writing that book (as slowly as possible), here are some highlights so far:
Raised in a barn
I was raised in a barn in rural, upstate New York. It was cold. We had a wood-burning furnace that never worked well. I gained an early appreciation for sweaters.
In junior high, I tried…and failed, to publish a book about dragon science. I still have the manuscript, and I’ll publish it someday.
In college, I made up some BS, then earned a MFA in story-telling. I learned Northern Shaolin Kung Fu and taught it for a while.
After college, I discovered I had problems with authority… And conformity… And bigotry… And misogyny… And etc., etc., etc. I tried to make small changes while still fitting in, then I gave up on fitting in altogether, and I started flipping tables like no tomorrow.
I bought a motorcycle and crashed it. Then I fixed it and kept riding. Hey, want to harden your nerves? Spend a couple years riding 25 miles a day, rain or shine, on Route 66 and the 495 Beltway of DC in rush hour. You’ll either be dead or a badass.
After gaining badass status, I wanted to postpone putting that last update on a gravestone, so I decided to move out of the busy DC area. Instead of renewing the lease on my apartment, I signed up for an awesome gym membership, moved my stuff into storage, and squatted in a DC warehouse for a few months. I worked out and showered daily at the gym, which required me to carry various bags around. Homeless people on my routes thought I was also homeless, and they would offer me advice. I always thanked them.
After six months of shenanigans, I decided to push my luck in DC, and I signed a lease for an affordable apartment on the top floor of a building. The roof collapsed on me on Valentine’s Day. I took a selfie with the rubble on my head; I was pissed.
I now live in Durham, North Carolina in a nice, warm house with a good roof. BONUS: I get plenty of exercise while I work on fixing this place up. I enjoy riding my motorcycle to local coffee shops, very safely. Most importantly, I continue flipping tables like no tomorrow.
Author / Independent Publisher:
I started writing when I was in high-school, a long time ago. The things I wrote were mostly little stories about dragons, magic, mystical energies, and other worlds.
I’ve always loved mythology, and I studied comparative mythology and literature in college. I mostly enjoy reading fantasy and science fiction, and I get a special kick when it’s mixed with some reality. While modern life is grand, sometimes I wish there was more magic hiding in it.
I studied Kung Fu in college, and after collecting my notes, I self-published them into a bound, hardcover book for my reference. I never made it publicly available, but it marked the first time I succeeded in the self-publishing process.
After college, I did more college. After that, I started to explore creative writing by creating haiku. I’ve been publishing spiritual poetry online since 2010 at https://freestylehaiku.com, and mainly for exposure, I have ebooks of the poetry at Amazon.com for as little as possible, $0.99 per four chapters.
It wasn’t until 2016 that I published my first fiction novels. That series, called INFINITE VAMPIRE, is so awesome that I don’t know where to start! It’s four novels and a novella, and together the story is about a half-million words long! Initially I published them wide, on all retailers, for a period, but currently they’re only available on Amazon. You can learn more about them on their dedicated page on this site, or at INFINITE VAMPIRE’s main website.
I’ve got a few other projects I’m working on as well, (stay tuned!) and I can’t wait to finish them so that I can move along to other things! (I do not suffer from a lack of ideas.)
To date, I’ve published 1200+ haiku, 2 short stories, 1 novella, and 4 novels. I’m planning to publish another 3 novels 11/2020 – 1/2021, and another 3 or 4 novels later in 2021.
M. Lorrox is my author pen-name, but Matto, the person, does a lot of other fun stuff, too!
I’ve always been an artist and designer. I completed an MFA in Fine Arts for Live Action Filmmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology, and I spent a few years making abstract films that screened in over 75 festivals internationally. I still make art as a hobby, working mostly with digital manipulation of image and video.
I grew up helping my dad with building projects, and that application of creativity and engineering stuck with me. I build a lot of fancy furniture for my home, including a mosaic coffee table, a gigantic kitchen table made from recycle welded steel and reclaimed tobacco barn wood, custom structural elements like glass banisters, outdoor landscaping features like multi-tiered stone patios, etc.
I’ve also started playing with designing my own board games, and I have two prototypes in a series so far. It’ll take years for me to finish the series, but that’s okay. Currently I’m focusing on my writing and publishing.
I recorded my first few audiobooks in 2016. The first studio I built had a lower sound floor than most professional spaces, but it was small and it had bad ergonomics to work in. When my partner and I bought a house, I built a new studio in what was a pair of adjacent closets. This studio doesn’t have the same amazing sound floor (sound isolation), but instead it has amazing acoustics for recording.
I only have the time to work on recording my own projects right now, but someday I look forward to reading all sorts of books by other amazing authors. Besides reading work I’ve written, I’m also experimenting with ad-hoc storytelling. With all my practicing, someday, I’m going to be really really good!
(Updated Nov. 2020)
I’ll be honest; I’m including these statistics mostly for the cool counting effect. 😉
M. Lorrox is an active member of the following professional organizations:
Romance Writers of America
Horror Writers Association
Sometime in 2021
Some Giant Party • Durham, NC
(Sorry that’s not the most informative, but I have to see what opens and when before I can actually put something relevant here…)
a few days after the party
ALL THE COFFEE SHOPS • Durham, NC
Besides drinking a lot of coffee, I’m also looking forward to attending writing events, workshops, and various conventions.
In these pandemic days, The best way to connect with me is on social media. Say something nice and I’ll do the same. 🙂