Greetings fellow scifi lovers!
Since winning the Writers of the Future contest myself, I’ve made it an annual tradition to interview some or all of each year’s winners on my blog. It’s fun, it’s a nice welcome, and it’s a great way to meet new friends.
As always, I’m kicking off the series this year with a veteran, the wonderfully amiable, Mathew S. Rotundo, who won in 2009. I’ll start off by saying the Matt and eight other former WotF winners has contributed a reprint to our promotional anthology, The Future is Nigh, which you can get free for a limited time from http://promo.cStuartHardwick.com (and nowhere else) and it’s no exaggeration to say that it would be a bargain at $15 in hardcover, it really is that good. But enough of that.
Stuart: Matt, welcome! Thanks for dropping by.
Matthew: Thanks for having me!
Stuart: No problem. See, this is great, because we’ve hung out at the SWFA table at conventions and worked together on the odd project, but we’ve never really gotten the chance to talk. Tell me, and my many dozens of mostly loyal followers, who you are. Where do you hail from?
Matthew: I’m from Omaha. As in Nebraska.
Stuart: Home of Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom.” Do you know the guy with the animals?
Matthew: Umm…yeah. More, where the corn is. But we have indoor plumbing, so we’re doing OK.
I’ve lived here all my life, actually, except that I was born in Germany. My dad was in the Air Force and was stationed overseas