Matt Shao


When humanity is faced with an imminent threat, Carson Baxter decides to think outside the box.

About the Author:

Matt attended Vanderbilt University, playing baseball under legendary collegiate Coach Tim Corbin. Corbin’s one-of-a-kind demeanor, along with Matt’s deep admiration for his mother, are the two biggest influences he cites which shaped the person he is today.

After graduating in 2009 with a degree in Economics & Corporate Strategy, Matt spent six years as an insurance agent. Upon losing his mother in August of 2015, he abruptly left the only career he’d known to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a writer. He has since dedicated his life to honor his mother’s memory, as she always supported his dream of becoming an author. He and his sidekick, Mr. Baxter the mini-schnauzer, reside in Nashville, TN.

The first installment of the Continuity series was published in the spring of 2016, and focuses on humanity’s existential struggle as it searches for life elsewhere in the universe.

Matt also frequently publishes free content to his website and other literary sites/apps such as Wattpad. Much of his writing contains thematic references to his many deeply held convictions regarding modern society/culture, existentialism, and the human condition. As an extension of what he aims to achieve with his writing, he is the founder of a TN non-profit under the same title as his website: How the World Should Work. In addition to assisting other charitable endeavors, the organization hosts a podcast with each episode applying themes from his novel, Continuity, to the real world and society of today. His material may be found at the following:

Wattpad – Short Stories/Novellas

His website – How the World Should Work

The Podcast – Available on most major platforms (iTunes, YouTube, Sound Cloud, iHeartRadio, and others)

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