Matthew was born in Syracuse, NY, where he spent most of his childhood. Throughout high school, he took a strong interest in music. He self-taught himself at least nine different instruments and composed pieces for his high school band to perform.
He went to college at Youngstown State University on the Leslie H. Cochrane University Scholars scholarship. He soon changed majors from music to math and completed a B.Sci in math with minors in philosophy and physics. In 2008, he won the Barry M. Goldwater prize, the highest award in the U.S. for undergraduate academic excellence in math and science.
He moved to Seattle to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics. During his time as a graduate student, he developed a love for writing. He completed a draft of a novel, numerous essays, and maintained between one and three blogs. He completed his Ph.D. in 2014.
Matthew now lives in Connecticut, where he continues to write about his interests.