WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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186 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 matthew McKay, 45, is an accomplished swimmer, a Harvard University grad, a seasoned financial analyst turned stay-at-home dad, and an active Wellesley community volunteer. Now he's also a debut author. His first book, Evolved (Big G Books), a science fiction novel exploring life's big questions, hit the bookshelves last November. Matthew didn't always know he wanted to be a writer, but he was always fascinated by science fiction. "Growing up I was a big Star Wars fan, and I loved Star Trek—especially The Next Generation series," he said. His writing journey began when he was at Belmont Hill School, and his grades started to suffer because of his passion for swimming. "My English teacher pulled me aside and said, 'This is unacceptable. I'm going to teach you how to write a paper.'" Through that process, Matthew first learned how to write. Then at Harvard, he was required to take an expository writing course, which further honed his writing skills. But his first love was always swimming. When he was just two years old he learned to swim at Lake of the Woods in Ontario where his family has summered his entire life. "For me swimming is very spiritual and meditative. You immerse yourself in water. Your senses are cut off. But they're enhanced in other ways. Buddhists believe that you should clear your brain and empty it of all the clutter. And swimming helps me do that," said Matthew. When he was at Harvard, he'd walk down to the pool for a two-hour practice and think to himself: "What the hell am I doing here? I don't have time for this." But after he emerged from the water, his head was clear. C O U R T E S Y O F B I G G B O O K S A N D M A T T H E W M C K A Y library reading belles-lettres literature bestsellers media authors A Personal Evolution PAT T Y L E N Z B O V I E writer books

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