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.
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 Bob Holmes, one of the world's most accomplished photographers; three-time Antarctica explorer Sivani Babu; and, New York Times bestselling novelist Jasmin Darznik (The Good Daughter). FCCFree Radio programs produce more that 1,000,000 page views per month and generate 200,000+ listeners of live hosted content.
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 Lilycat on Stuff radio program. He is a two-time contributor to the Ethical Traveler podcast, and he has produced two of his own podcasts, based on his books: Short Stories of Misadventures in Morocco and Pablo’s Intuition.
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. Matthew hopes to reschedule for later in the year.
Matthew is currently working on two new podcasts, one featuring selections from his forthcoming story collection and another about his experiences in Central Asia, where he will be on a solo trip in April/May of 2018.
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