Matthew Félix has traveled to more than 50 countries and done many short- and long-term stints abroad.
Matthew has lived in European capitals and isolated Spanish villages. He has visited India’s holy sites with a Buddhist monk, slept in a chicken coop in the Arctic, and scaled the sand dunes of the Sahara. He has climbed an active volcano in Chile, been surrounded by gunfire in Istanbul, and traveled the Nile in a sailboat.
Matthew speaks three languages fluently, as well as smatterings of others. When not working on writing projects or on the road, he is likely to be found exploring the streets of San Francisco or hiking the trails of Northern California.
Matthew's With Open Arms: Short Stories of Misadventures in Morocco, resulted from his love of travel. The stories recount some of Matthew's humorous and horrifying experiences on the road, and garnered him a comparison to Bill Bryson. With Open Arms has topped Amazon’s Kindle Morocco category three times, and reached number one in the Morocco Books, Kindle Africa, and Africa Books categories. "Welcome Back Again" from With Open Arms appeared both as an Editors’ Choice story on travelerstales.com and on the Great Stories page of besttravelwriting.com.
Matthew's debut novel, A Voice Beyond Reason, draws on his nearly lifelong relationship with Spain and his interest in spirituality. A Voice Beyond Reason is the story of how a young Spaniard’s awakening to his intuition gets him out of his head, so he can follow his heart. One reviewer "was reminded of Coelho's Alchemist...", while another remarked that it was "Beautifully written, full of important truths." A Voice Beyond Reason was a number one bestseller in four Amazon.ca categories.
Legendary travel editor and writer Don George (BBC, National Geographic, Lonely Planet) chose Matthew for an invitation-only workshop with Outside magazine founder and writer (Pass the Butterworms) Tim Cahill. Former San Francisco Chronicle book reviewer and author (Dead Love) Linda Watanabe-McFerrin invited Matthew to workshop his upcoming humorous travel story collection, as a result of which it is near completion.
Matthew hosts his own live weekly radio program and podcast, Matthew Félix On Air, on fccfreeradio.com. Matthew's guests have included New York Times best-selling novelist Jasmin Darznik (Song of a Captive Bird); Anne Devereux-Mills, founder of Parlay House, Executive Director of the Emmy-nominated The Return, and Chairwoman of the Board of Marchex, Inc.; and, Zoë Elton, Director of Programming for the Mill Valley Film Festival.
Matthew was the featured speaker at Left Coast Writers' 2018 New Year’s Literary Salon, has read at San Francisco’s Weekday Wanderlust, and has been interviewed on the Vinyl Thought and Lilycat on Stuff radio programs. He is a two-time contributor to the Ethical Traveler podcast, and he has produced three of his own podcasts, based on his books.
A humorous solo performance piece based on Matthew's upcoming story collection was recently accepted by the Marsh theater in San Francisco. Unfortunately, Matthew already had plans to be out of the country during the proposed performance dates. He hopes to reschedule.
Matthew recorded a two-episode interview for the Peanut Butter & Passports podcast, due out in August. In July Matthew will read from his forthcoming collection at an event in the San Francisco Ferry Building Book Passage; he will be participating in San Francisco's LitCrawl in October; and, he has been invited to read from his book With Open Arms at an unannounced Bay Area event in the fall.
Matthew had six stories recognized in the 2018 Solas Awards, three of which were awarded first place (i.e., gold) in their category:
- Gold: "Lightning Strikes Twice"
- Gold: "Welcome Back Again" from With Open Arms
- Gold: "Let It Flow" unpublished, from forthcoming collection
- Bronze: "Welcome to Tangier" from With Open Arms
- Honorable Mention: "Uninvited Guests" from Hornets and Grapes
- Honorable Mention: "A Turkish Bath in Morocco" from With Open Arms