The name I answer to is Matt Hughes. I write fantasy and suspense fiction. To keep the two genres separate, I now use my full name, Matthew Hughes, for fantasy, and the shorter form for the crime stuff.
I was born sixty years ago in Liverpool, England, but my family moved to Canada when I was five. I’ve made my living as a writer all of my adult life, first as a journalist, then as a staff speechwriter to the Canadian Ministers of Justice and Environment, and – from 1979 until a few years back – as a freelance corporate and political speechwriter in British Columbia.
I am a former director of the Federation of British Columbia Writers and I used to belong to Mensa Canada, but these days I’m conserving my energies to write fiction.
I’m a university drop-out from a working poor background. Before getting into newspapers, I worked in a factory that made school desks, drove a grocery delivery truck, was night janitor in a GM dealership, and did a short stint as an orderly in a private mental hospital. As a teenager, I served a year as a volunteer with the Company of Young Canadians (something like VISTA in the US). I’ve been married to a very patient woman since the late 1960s, and I have three grown sons.
I have of late taken up the secondary occupation of housesitter, so that I can afford to keep on writing fiction yet still eat every day. These days, I’m in Northern Ireland but any snail-mail address of mine must be considered temporary. I’m always interested to hear from people who’ve read my work.
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Nice things people have said about Matthew recently…
“If you’re an admirer of the science fantasies of Jack Vance, it’s hard not to feel affection for the Archonate stories of Matthew Hughes… Hughes has strengths of his own to draw upon: his own considerable wit, and a flair for reified metaphysics surpassing anything conceived by Vance.”
– Nick Gevers, Locus
“A bit Arthur Conan Doyle, a bit Jack Vance…. Henghis’s escapades [have] the lasting appeal of one of PG Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster books.”
– Seattle Times
“Hughes’s successful blend of magic, the supernatural and high-tech with Sherlockian deductions (and cryptic observations straight out of Doyle’s canon) suggests a long life for Hapthorn.”
– Publishers Weekly