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’m working on a tongue-in-cheek romance series right now; Trashy Romance. The first novel is complete and I’m preparing to voice act it, and I’ve started writing the second book in the series. You can read more about it on the Trashy Romance page.
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 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.
The combination of storytelling (from my MFA) and physical problem solving (carpentry) work hand in hand in game design. I started designing games this year (2019), and I love it. The games I’m designing right now are space themed, and I hope to publish them in 2020. You can read more about them on the Games page or in the Games category of my blog.
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 this is a lot of work, and today I’ve got much to do. Ask me a question (to help make it frequent) at M(at)MLORROX.COM.