Matthew N. Howard


Matthew N. Howard is a fantasy author living in Northern Virginia with his wife and the awesome monkeys.

As his author's "photo" implies, writing is a positive outlet for his more negative side - and an extremely small way to pay tribute to the authors that have influenced him over the years - from Tolkien, Herbert, Kurtz, and Brooks to Jordan and Martin more recently. He hopes his favorite author would not mind the borrowing of his works' most famous surname for this purpose. For "life is short, but the days are long - not while the evil days come not."

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first was something by Dr. Seuss, surely. But the first that I can say had a real impact - my parents were going away for a weekend and bought me a book to take to my grandparents - Asimov's The Currents of Space. I was around 11 and had never read science fiction - and neither did they, no idea how they picked this one. But I was hooked. I headed to the SF section of the bookstore for the first time, found Heinlein's Job, a Comedy of Justice, and that was the end. (Of course the latter book is not really appropriate for 11 years olds - that was surely part of the impact.) I still have both of those books.
How do you approach cover design?
Although The Tornado of Souls is my debut, since it's part of a quintet I decided to get all five covers done at the same time. They hang over my desk and inspire me to keep writing. So I looked for something thematic to carry across all five covers - there are actually two things, a hand or hands and the amulet. I wanted some really eye-catching, unique artwork to go with the novels and was happy to find an illustrator who could execute on my crazy ideas.
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Where to find Matthew N. Howard online

Twitter: @mnhoward1
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The Tornado of Souls
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,880. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Jalin Clarnis sets out for war against the Margrave demon wearing a mysterious amulet that his dead mother left him. Each time he uses the amulet, Jalin wakes further from the family and history he knows. He does terrible things in order to survive, trying to find his way through a constantly changing landscape. Jalin must find a way to defeat the Margrave before it destroys everything he loves.

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alternate worlds    amulet    heroic    magic    saga    sorcery    sword