Hi, I’m Matto! I’m an author/publisher, designer, voice actor, and martial artist living in Durham, NC. It sounds like I do a lot–possibly too many things–and I do, but I’m not normal. I have an inexhaustible drive to learn and create things.
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.
I’ve been publishing spiritual poetry online since 2010 at https://freestylehaiku.com, and I published my first novel in 2016. That series, INFINITE VAMPIRE, is so awesome I don’t know where to start or what else to say besides check out its dedicated page on this site or at it’s main website.
I’ve got a few other projects I’m working on as well, and I can’t wait to finish the things I’m working on so that I can move along to them! (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 3-4 novels and a couple short stories by Jan 1, 2021.
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 mosaic coffee tables, gigantic kitchen tables, custom structural elements like glass banisters, stone patios, etc.
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 closet. This studio doesn’t have the same amazing sound floor (sound isolation), but instead it has amazing acoustics for recording. I call it the Double Dare Studio.
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!
My dad studied Shorin Ryu while he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and I have always been interested in different fighting systems and styles.
I studied a little karate when I was in middle school, but nothing serious. When I attended Cornell University, I studied Tae Kwon Do, and while I was only there a year, I progressed to a mid-rank. I remain undefeated in my competition sparring record, having won the singe match I entered in!
I left Cornell to study arts after that year, and I discovered a style of Kung Fu at my new college. That was the game changer, and I’ve been a Kung Fu practitioner ever since (I think I started in 2002). You can read more about my Martial Arts and Kung Fu journey on the Kung Fu page and the Kung Fu category of my blog.
Q: Do you ever NOT work?
A: Of course! On a self-declared day off, I might be out and about on my motorcycle near Durham, NC, hanging out with my family of friends, or playing with the dogs at Eno River (they love to swim!).
Q: Do you play a Monk/Bard multi-class character in D&D?
A: Thanks for asking, but no, I do not. Most people (including myself) like to play games like D&D where they can pretend to be someone else. I am currently playing a Teifling Warlock; two things I am not.
Q: Why is there only two (now three) questions here?
A: Because I need more people to ask me questions! Do it at Goodreads or by emailing me at M(at)MLORROX.COM.