Amiga

Amiga is my new novel that takes you from the early days of the personal computer industry in the 1980s to a critical time in our recent history.

What’s new?

Readings and presentations

Join me on Facebook Live on April 14 at 12:00 pm US Pacific Time (7:00 pm UTC) for a live reading of Amiga. I’ll also announce some exciting news. If you’ve waiting to read Amiga, something special is coming soon!

My “Public Speaking for Writers” session is also going online. Look for news soon.

In the meantime, please enjoy this reading from Amiga.

 

Where do I buy Amiga?

Amiga is available paperback and eBook formats. You can find Amiga at your favorite bookstore and retailer. Look for holiday deals from your retailer!

If your local bookstore doesn’t carry Amiga, ask them to order it. If they’re in Southern California, I’m available to do book signings.

Signed books for sale

You can still buy signed copies of Amiga at Beach Town Books in San Clemente, California. Here are some photos from my last book signing.

You can also find signed copies of Amiga at the Barnes and Noble at the Irvine Spectrum.

What are people saying about Amiga?

Check out these stellar reviews:

“Loved the book. Mathew Stern has obvious talent in formulating characters and keeping the reader’s interest in turning the next page. I couldn’t put it down!”

—Jimbo on Amazon

“As Laura explains, in the burgeoning 80’s tech world, “We were pioneers in a pristine, unexplored wilderness before we paved it over with an information superhighway. The Amiga made me feel like anything was possible…” That feeling of possibility is one of the novel’s great redemptive qualities and will make me consider the novel long after I return it to my shelf.”

—Michael P. Harnett on Amazon

“The character development was solid and the timeline flipping was clear and easy to follow. I was left wanting to know what was going to happen to the protagonist chapter after chapter…”

—Jeremy on Goodreads

Your reviews of Amiga are greatly appreciated. Post them where you purchased your books, as well as Amazon and Goodreads. Your comments are appreciated.

Interviews

Check out my interview on Writers Corner Live with Bridgetti Lim Banda and Mary Elizabeth Jackson.

I was also interviewed by Doug of 10 Minute Amiga Retro Cast. Watch his interview and review of Amiga below.

 

Read the press release from Black Rose Writing.

What is Amiga about?

In 1985, a young Laura Rodriguez goes to Silicon Valley to start a career as a computer programmer. She finds a job in San Rafael at a quirky startup run by a family with secrets.

In 2016, a now middle-aged Laura faces growing professional and family crises and the most divisive presidential election in recent history. She fears losing her job in the wake of a merger, and she distrusts her new millennial boss. Her daughter has cancer, her son quit a lucrative programming job and moved back home, and her marriage is crumbling—especially when an old flame reenters her life.

Laura must seek solutions from a past she wants to forget. She may find them in the computer that changed her life, the Amiga.

What is the Commodore Amiga?

The Amiga is a computer that was marketed by Commodore from 1985 to the close of the company in 1994. It was the most advanced of its generation of computers, and it had features that wouldn’t be matched by Windows and Mac computers until years later. The Amiga had preemptive multitasking that enabled it to run several programs at once. It featured the most advanced graphics and largest color palette of its time when many computers were still monochrome. Its advances in desktop video enabled the Amiga to be used to produce animation for TV shows and music videos. Although Commodore is gone, interest in the Amiga remains high. You can buy Amiga emulators and new Amiga hardware and software. Vintage Amiga computers are available on auction sites.

How do I learn more about the book and the computer?

My website has articles about the Amiga and my publishing journey.

In December 2019, I tweeted short excerpts from the book with hashtag #AmigaAdvent. Follow me on Twitter for news and updates.

You can learn more about the Amiga computer from these sources:

Visit this page often and follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information.

Want me to speak at your bookstore or author event?

Of course, in-person events are off until our microscopic friend bids us adieu. You can contact me about future events through Facebook or Twitter.