Matt Scott has a bachelor’s degree from Hampden-Sydney College, a liberal arts institution in Virginia, where he majored in history and political science. General Sam Wilson, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was president of the college at the time and he hooked Matt into the world of espionage. During his subsequent studies, Matt became fascinated by the CIA and read dozens of non-fiction books related to Middle East politics, including spy craft, the CIA’s war against terrorism, and tales of clandestine spies, agency directors and double agents.
This led Matt to novelists such as Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Daniel Silva, Mark Greaney, Jack Carr, and Joel C. Rosenberg, which allowed him to analyze and absorb how a modern spy thriller should be methodically crafted. To sharpen his skills, Matt has also taken Master Class courses from Dan Brown, David Baldacci, and James Patterson.