Matthew Schrier is from Deer Park, New York and a graduate of Hofstra University, where he studied film production and English. The son of a Brooklyn basketball coach and raised by a single mother who worked two jobs to put food on the table, his upbringing was anything but easy. Upon completing college, he began working in the healthcare industry and eventually began his own consulting business that proved to be quite successful.
However, working in an industry surrounded by people who did nothing but think of ways to profit off the sick and dying proved to be something he was not made for, which led to his gravitation towards photography, a craft where he could combine his two passions in life: traveling and history. Aside from writing, since his return home, Matthew has devoted himself to working with the US Army to help use his experience in Syria to advise on the conditions and tactics that he successfully employed while a captive of Islamic extremists.