About Matthew

So I suppose, since you clicked on this spiffy new page, you want to know a little bit more about beyond what the bio in the sidebar actually says.

Well, here's the briefest version I can distill without boring you by going into minutia:

I grew up in Upstate New York as the youngest of three, and in 2004 my parents and I moved to Massachusetts. I transferred to Salem State College in Salem, Mass., where I finished up my degree in Communications, graduating in 2006. Got a job as a reporter in Central Mass., and then took a position with a regional paper as a copy editor/page designer. At a function held by the Comm. Department at Salem State, I ended up meeting Her Highness the Missus (HHTM on the blog), but didn't start dating her until several months later.

In July 2009, I started this here blog to share my musings and my project goals for CALLARION AT NIGHT, my Steampunk Fantasy novel. Over the course of the next year, I did a whole mess of Steampunk research and (somehow) am now considered an expert on the genre. I have no idea how the heck that happened, but there it is. As a result of this new-found expert status, I decided (after some coercion) to write a non-fiction guide to building a Steampunk world. I also recently finished a short story set in the same universe as CALLARION AT NIGHT, and am currently turning my well-received Roots of Steampunk series of blog posts into an academic article. Said article will be published after my November 20th appearance at Upstate Steampunk in Greenville, South Carolina.

I post to five different blogs with varying frequency on each -- take a look at the sidebar if you want links to the other four. I adore talking to people about writing, grammar, and of course Steampunk, and welcome any and all questions you might have. Also, people love having me beta-read their stuff. Apparently I'm pretty darn good at it. I'm also really self-deprecating. Can you tell?