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.
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!
Oh, boy. Now you’ve done it; you’ve expressed interest in my ‘art.’ I make a lot of art, in a lot of different mediums, and in a bunch of different genres.
I’ve won awards, toured internationally, had shows, met some art ‘celebs’, and now I produce art without much care for who likes it. You might, but I don’t expect you to!
You can check out my artist site here.
(Updated June. 2021)
I’ll be honest; I’m including these statistics mostly for the cool counting effect. 😉
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