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Podcast interview
« Reply #255 on: December 15, 2018, 06:42:36 pm »
When I was at VCon in Vancouver a few weeks ago, I did an interview with Robin Shantz for his Invaders from Planet 3 podcast.  I may have said more than I should about my colorful past, but, hey, I can be garrulous.

Here's a link: http://bloginhood.blogspot.com/2018/12/ep-25-matthew-hughes.html

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Welcome to Pacific City
« Reply #256 on: December 22, 2018, 08:03:53 pm »
I hang around on a website called SFF World, handing out advice on writing and publishing, because the site draws a number of aspiring specfic authors.

Every now and then, the members get together and do a theme anthology, the latest of which is Welcome to Pacific City, a collection of stories all set in a fictional Oregon coast metropolis whose name I'm sure you can infer.  The theme of the antho is superheroes.

I contributed the origin tale, borrowing liberally from the true-life history of how Vancouver was founded by a man who paddled up from New Westminster with a barrel of whisky and talked the workers at a sawmill into building him a saloon.

The ebook version of the anthology is now available for pre-order, dirt cheap at an introductory price.  Down the road there will be a paperback, and I'll draw attention to that when it comes.

But for now you can pre-order W2PC from Amazon as a bargain.  Here's a link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LH65XL9



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What the Wind Brings
« Reply #257 on: January 01, 2019, 06:40:20 pm »
Looks as if I'll be starting the new year on a promising note.  I'm going to make a deal with Pulp Literature Press, an up and coming Canadian small publisher, for my big historical novel (with slipstream elements), What the Wind Brings.

This is a big deal for me, in that the novel is pretty much a life's work.

It's based on incidents I first heard about in 1971 or 1972, as a footnote in a university textbook.  The core gist:  shipwrecked African slaves melded with the indigenous peoples of coastal Ecuador in the mid 1500s, and together they fought the Spanish colonial power to a standstill, to remain independent, basically, for centuries.

After more than forty years of thinking about the story, I was lucky enough to receive a C$25,000 Canada Council grant to write the book.  I did five drafts, which is three more than I usually do.  It's a hell of a story,  my magnum opus, the one I want to be remembered for.

We're probably looking at a summer 2019 release.  I'll keep updating on the process and trying to stimulate pre-orders.  As I say, it's a meaningful event for me -- not financially, but in terms of my being able to think I've done something worthwhile.

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Ebooks on sale
« Reply #258 on: January 09, 2019, 06:17:38 pm »
Bundoran Press is offering a StoryBundle bargain:  four classic SF ebooks for US$5.

And if you up your payment to $15, you get eight more books by established stars and up-and-comers.

The basic four includes my standalone Archonate novel, Template, my only serious attempt to write a Jack Vance space opera.

Buy the whole package and you get novels by greats like Tanya Huff, Robert J. Sawyer, Edward Willett (some of whose books Iíve edited), and a never-before-available short story collection by James Alan Gardner.

Great books at great prices.  Hereís where to go:  https://storybundle.com/scifi?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=bundoranscifi

This is a time-limited offer, with three weeks to go.  Get íem while theyíre going, because by the end of the month, theyíll be gone.

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Pre-order page for What the Wind Brings
« Reply #259 on: March 30, 2019, 08:53:49 pm »
Pulp Literature Press has set up a pre-order page for the hardcover limited edition of What the Wind Brings, my big historical novel (with slipstream elements) that I waited more than forty years to write. There will also be a trade paperback and an ebook, down the road.

http://pulpliterature.com/product/what-the-wind-brings-hardcover/

If youíre just tuning in, WTWB is a novel based on a series of events that happened in coastal Ecuador and the Andean highlands in the middle of the sixteenth century, when shipwrecked African slaves combined with the local indigenous people to form a new society. They fought off successive invasions by the Spanish colonial power and finally won their freedom.

I consider it the most important piece of writing Iíve ever done. Itís the work I want to be remembered for.

In about a month, Advanced Reading Copies will be ready to go out. George R.R. Martin, Bernard Cornwell, Cecelia Holland, and David Gerrold have all agreed to take a look at the book and consider giving it a blurb.

BTW, the cover is a placeholder. Pulp Literature Press has yet to commission the cover.

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What the Wind Brings -- The Opening
« Reply #260 on: March 31, 2019, 06:44:20 pm »
Here are the first 7,000 words of WHAT THE WIND BRINGS.

Caveat: the book is still being edited. No copy edit has been done yet.

https://www.matthewhughes.org/excerpt-from-what-the-wind-brings/

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A God in Chains available for pre-order
« Reply #261 on: July 19, 2019, 08:01:21 pm »
A GOD IN CHAINS, my new Dying Earth fantasy, is now available for pre-order in paperback and Kindle editions.

Hereís the blurb:

He calls himself Farouche, after a character from legend, but his reality is that his memories and identity were stolen from him by a secret enemy.

In a far-future world of wizards and walled cities, he finds himself trailing a wealthy merchantís caravan across a dusty plain. Possessed of a soldierís skills, he hires on with the merchant and begins to build a life. But his efforts to discover his past reveal a dark prospect: was he a participant in a notorious massacre of innocents?

Will Farouche come to know the truth? Will he survive the journey across a lawless land to the remote city of Olliphract, ruled by half-mad thaumaturges? And when he finally lays bare the plot in which he has been ensnared, will it be too late?

Matthew Hughes delivers another dark fantastical adventure set in a decadent Dying Earth, where men and half-men and even the gods themselves contend for earthly power and unearthly prizes.

Hereís a link to the Amazon listing:  http:// https://t.co/4fNfdPapYt?amp=1

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WorldCon (Dublin): where I'll be
« Reply #262 on: July 27, 2019, 07:49:39 pm »
It starts with a kaffeeklatch. Thatís where readers and fans sit down in a small group with an author and talk about whatever moves them. Iíll be hosting one on Saturday, August 19, from 14:00 to 14:50. The location, at the Dublin Convention Centre, is Level 3 Foyer.

Later the same day, Iíll be on a panel entitled ďA gun, a gut, and three ex-wives: the appeal of the gumshoe in SFF.Ē  That one takes place in Wicklow Hall 2B, from 19:00 to 19:50.

Then on Sunday, August 18, theyíre giving me twenty minutes to do a reading, from 20:00 to 20:20 in Liffey Room 3.

And, finally, theyíve got me scheduled for an autographing session, the afternoon of Monday, August 19. But by then Iíll be on a plane back to Canada. I should be able to move it to a better time.

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A God in Chains opening
« Reply #263 on: August 07, 2019, 08:29:18 pm »
Iíve posted on Curious Fictions the first 4500 words of A God in Chains, my new Dying Earth adventure/fantasy novel, published last month by Edge SF and Fantasy Publishing.

https://curiousfictions.com/stories/2447-matthew-hughes-a-god-in-chains-excerpt

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Radio interview to promote What the Wind Brings
« Reply #264 on: November 21, 2019, 09:05:53 pm »
Preparatory to the release of What the Wind Brings, my big historical novel with magical realism, in paperback and ebook editions on December 15, my publisher has engaged a publicist to draw attention to me and the book.  As a consequence, Iíve been getting lined up for radio interviews wherever someone has a time slot to fill.

The most recent has been with Britainís Southside Broadcasting during a live drive-time (UK time, that is) program that has now been archived at https://southsidebroadcasting.podbean.com/e/dental-history-blind-dates-matthew-hughes-elles-bailey-sarah-huntley-abi-lemay-and-robin-pierce/

I come on just after Paul McCartney sings, at about 24:50.  Itís about a twelve-minute interview, starting off with chatter about speechwriting and housesitting, two of things Iím known for, and then we get into plugging the book and the launch Ė which will be at Academie Duello, on West Hastings Street in Vancouver, sometime in the afternoon of December 15.  There will also be demonstrations of swordfighting styles and techniques, by people who actually know what theyíre doing.

Click on the link and listen in.