Strengths: Realistic Dialog &
Table Demo/Discussion: DIY Game Design Tools and Publishing
Demo Times: 11:30AM & 2:00PM
Matthew Graphman is a twenty year veteran in the information technology world. He studied writing, drama, as well as computers while attending Bob Jones University in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Matthew has enjoyed writing since his college days when his roommate first talked about some “slimy walls” which triggered his first foray into the fantasy genre. After deciding to go into drama as his minor while studying computer science as his major, Matthew began taking some writing classes that further sparked his interest.
After completing his first manuscript, “The Ten Trials of My Lady” which is still in handwritten pages in a notebook somewhere, he began his exploration into the world of playwriting. A couple of courses and numerous sketches later, and Matthew began taking several of his short stories and transitioning them into plays.
While in college he met his wife, Wendy, of twenty-five years and started a family. He currently resides in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife and two children, Kathryn (Kat) and Ethan. His oldest son, Sean, is married and lives on the East Coast. Matthew has long been a fan of fantasy fiction. After graduation, Matthew continued his writing exploits, but his focus was mostly around the theater. After developing a series of children’s skits in the 2000’s, he was encouraged to take the skits and convert them into a series of children’s chapter books. To date, he has written four of the fourteen stories in the “Chel& Riley Adventures” series. Taking a break from creating children’s fiction and drama, Matthew decided to reach back, at the request from his daughter Kat, and create a fantasy world that mixed all of her favorite thematic elements. This series is currently outlined to cover five volumes; however, he is convinced that there could be many more stories that evolve out of this new universe. Matthew is a recent winner of the 2016 & 2017 NaNoWriMo challenge, and he is nearing the end of the fifth book in the Silverwood Chronicles series.