My parents fought for years to try to get me to read, and when they finally won, they had to fight to get me to stop reading.
Many dinners grew cold at my place at the table as I lost myself in other worlds. It wasn’t long before I was imagining stories of my own and writing them down.
I moved to New York City in 2009, and in 2012, I joined the staff of PopMatters, reviewing DVDs and films for their internationally respected publication (for a complete list of my body of work, check out my portfolio). Not long after, I became a writing teacher at an after school program in Harlem. There, as I struggled to convey the importance of the written word to students growing up in a world where it is increasingly undervalued to their age group, the impact of a well-crafted piece of writing took on even greater significance for me. I started to see writing not just as a way to communicate and share ideas, but as a way to think and challenge perceptions.
Over the years, I have pursued a variety of things as a profession, but I always come back to the inevitable draw of a good story, well told. I love crafting language and characters that evoke emotion in people. I always wanted to be a writer, but something kept holding me back.
Then, In July of 2016, I took the leap and started this website.
The creation of mattgrantwriter.com was the realization of a dream I'd had for many, many years. I started applying to copywriting and content marketing jobs, and was amazed when people paid me to write for them. I became a contributor for popular websites like Book Riot and HuffPost, where I get to write regularly about things I enjoy, like books and entertainment.
In February of 2016, I was granted a scholarship to a Catapult writing class and learned even more about the ins and outs of the online writing business. That class led me to selling my first article (on the inaugural One Book, One New York campaign), and I was on my way. I have a novel I've been working on off and on for the past ten years that I hope to get out into the world one day.
I Love to tell stories, and I'd love to help you tell yours.
Every day, online and in print, fresh and exciting new voices appear. The really good ones not only share information but get you to see something in a way you haven’t before. That’s the kind of writer I aim to be, and if that’s the kind of writer you’re looking for, I’d love to work with you!