I am a writer and critic whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, The Chicago Sun-Times, Entertainment Weekly, and The Boston Phoenix.
“[An] engaging tale of Western science fiction and amazing fantasy… Fast-paced, energetic and fun; a dime novel for modern intellectuals.”
- Kirkus Indie
- Kirkus Indie
Watt O’Hugh III is a self-made man, Civil War vet, Time Roamer, former orphan of the slums and dime novel hero of the lost, magical West of the 1870s – and his riotous adventures mark one of the most original literary fantasy novels in recent memory.
When O’Hugh returns to New York as the star of a Wild West show, he thinks his ship has come in. But that’s before he wakes up in a Wyoming penitentiary facing a murder charge, a corrupt Wall Street banker turned outlaw and a 2000-year-old Chinese weapon that could change the world forever.
All he really wants is to woo Lucy Billings again, the woman he loved and lost in a gilded New York City before the War ….
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
I don’t really like to toot my own horn, but the initial critics have praised as a fun and creative combination of genres: Western adventure, historical fantasy, science fiction, and even romance. (One early reviewer called it a “literary mashup”.) I just hope readers will agree. I was also pretty meticulous in my research, so I hope that readers will get a true sense of the period I am writing about.
Q: Why did you go indie?
I finished Watt O’Hugh earlier this year and just wanted it in print! I thought that if it were really good, and with a little luck, it would find an audience, and if it weren’t good – well, it would make a good Chanukah gift for my mom, no harm done. It got a great review in Kirkus Indie, and some really enthusiastic early praise, so now I hope and believe it will find its audience.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
In my weird mix of genres (commercial-literary, Western, sci-fi/fantasy), my favorites of the moment are Barry Hughart, Mike Brotherton, Jess Walter, Roe Richmond, Elizabeth A. Lynn, Robert Charles Wilson and Raymond Kennedy.
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