M.G. HERRON is the author of the Translocator Trilogy and other imaginative stories of science fiction and fantasy.
Born Matthew Gilbert Herron in 1988 in Limestone, Maine, he now lives in Austin, TX with his wife, Shelly, and their dog, Elsa.
Books and reading have always been close to his heart. He love epic fantasies and fast-paced adventure novels. The dusty vanilla smell of old paperbacks is his happy place. He’s enamored of words that sing and turns of phrase that make your skin prickle.
He also enjoys being in nature. His soul has a stubborn independent streak that makes climbing mountains one of the most exhilarating things he can think of. He’s guided rafts on the Yellowstone River and traveled across the world in search of adventures.
His love of writing, particularly the art of writing fiction, grew more slowly. He wrote a couple stories when he was young, but didn’t take writing seriously for a long time. Early on, a lot more effort went into playing video games, learning to code, building websites, goofing off, and just generally trying to find himself.
While he grew up in Delaware, he decided to try something new when it came time to pick a college. He crossed the border into Canada to attend McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario . At first, he chose to study Computer Science—given the websites he’d built and all the time he’d spent coding in high school, plus his general fascination with technology, it seemed a sensible choice. It only took a couple of miserable semesters before he realized his mistake and switched majors to English Literature.
Sometime around then, the writing bug stirred up in him, and he began writing stories again.
After he graduated in 2009, he spent three years traveling Europe and Asia: Germany, mostly, but also Turkey, Scotland, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and India. He brushed up on his Spanish, and learned a little German. He waited tables for money, and became obsessed with rock climbing. He spent a lot of time finding sandstone towers in the Pfälzerwald (Palatinate Forest) in western Germany. During that time, he also did a few freelance writing projects—some PR stuff for a tours company, a few articles for English-language newspapers, that sort of thing.
By 2012, he’d realized he was ready to get serious. He returned to the United States and moved to Austin, TX to become a full-time freelance writer. In a little detour, he became a project manager at a web design agency, where he managed over $1 million in digital projects and spoke at the SXSW Interactive conference.
Most days, he spends his mornings writing novels, and in the afternoon consult with tech startups and small businesses on copywriting and marketing strategy.
In the fall of 2015, M.G. Herron was born. He published his first novel, The Auriga Project, a sci-fi thriller about a freak teleportation accident and a lost Mayan tribe. Now he have half a dozen books and even more short stories.
In Austin, he occasionally puts together events for writers through the local Indie Author Society, an organization for indie authors he started on Meetup.com.
BOOKS BY M.G. HERRON