Check out these stellar reviews for Amiga:
“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
Readings and appearances
You’ll also find me at the Anaheim Central Library for these events:
- January 29, 6:00–7:30 pm, Developing Public and Impromptu Public Speaking.
- April 25, 2:00–4:00 pm, Public Speaking for Writers
Signed copies of Amiga will be available for purchase at these events.
Book signing in San Clemente, California
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 on December 14.
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.
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!
- Online retailers
- Beach Town Books (San Clemente, CA)
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.
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.
You can learn more about the Amiga computer from these sources:
- Viva Amiga: The Story of a Beautiful Machine: A documentary that shows the history of the Amiga and what happened after Commodore’s bankruptcy.
- YouTube channels on the Amiga: