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My debut novel DROWNING is now available!
"The lives of four college students twist together with psychological drama during the fall term of freshman year."
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Meet Lucinda, one of many voices in Southern Baptist Diaries:

Lucinda’s fingers twitched nervously as she turned off the radio. The car wheels humming down the interstate tried their best to drown out the swarming inside her head, but some thoughts cannot be so easily silenced. The life she had built for herself—her family—crumbled underneath the weight of deceit. What little resemblance of a life she had left came down to the prodigal return to the one horse town from where it had all started.

A quick glance in the rear-view mirror showed Brodie and Kirby asleep in the backseat. The innocence of slumber on their faces was enough to make Lucinda’s eyes water. She blamed her soon to be ex-husband for having to uproot their lives. The thoughts swarmed into a frenzy, and she had to stop herself from smacking the steering wheel in frustration.

"Ben, you sorry ass sonnovabitch," she muttered with an eerie calm. She wasn’t angry with him anymore. She had moved past it and onto a new level of pissed-off.

Her marriage was torn apart all due to Ben’s dicking around in greener pastures. She remembered it like it was yesterday. Every illicit detail. She’d left work early and discovered him in bed with his cheap tramp of a secretary. To beat it all, he had to throw around ten-dollar, lawyer words in an attempt to offer an explanation, but Lucinda had seen his “plausible” and raised him a swift kick between the legs. That was when something inside of her snapped. She’d somehow managed to drag his whore out of their marital bed by the hair, and a lamp had found its way into her hand as she threatened his life.

Get out of my house, or so help me, God….

Her memories trailed off as she crossed the state line. The clichéd adultery left a bad taste in her mouth, but she knew she had to be strong for her children. Someone had to be there for them. After all, she promised Ben a snowball’s chance in Hell of ever seeing them again.

All the reminiscing left Lucinda with the need for something fattening. She eyed a Cracker Barrel logo on an exit sign and quickly merged lanes.The godsend of country cooking, no matter how franchised, promised the comfort of what she had been missing.

— 3 months ago with 8 notes
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COMING SOON. This summer, I’m going to take you to church.

COMING SOON. This summer, I’m going to take you to church.

— 3 months ago with 8 notes
#book  #read  #novel  #write  #creative writing  #south  #southern  #southern baptist  #SBD 

2014—the year of my sophomore novel I AM

Phoenix Harper’s childhood was stolen at the age of ten. He was in fourth grade. He raced home to watch cartoons after school. He was sexually molested. No one believed him.

And then he blinked. 

Now, at the age of twenty-two, he is neither a child nor a functioning adult. Forced to return to his hometown, it’s like some higher being pressed pause on the remote control of his life. He’s caught in the middle, in-between his past and the future. He’d spent so many years trying to forget what had happened, but the heat of the Alabama summer is slowly engulfing him.

Phoenix doesn’t know how to let go. Every time he closes his eyes he sees the sidewalk, the tree, the church, and then memory fails him. He’s wandering through the ruins of who he was. Resentment for his family is heightened by the rising temperature. Then there’s his career failure and the pressure to be somebody. He doesn’t know who he is, but he’s trying his best to define it. 

Stuck in small town suburbia, he meets a cast of characters who alter his outlook on life. Each new encounter brings to light a part of himself he didn’t know he was missing. Slowly, he is starting to realize it isn’t a matter of where he came from but rather where he’s going. 

With the help of the cashier and the bag boy at the local grocery store, an elderly neighbor who sips sweet tea on the front porch while she reminiscences, and his kid sister who acts like a crazed baboon, Phoenix will finally confront his inner demons. It’s time to discover what life is about: Who will you be?

— 6 months ago with 14 notes
#writings  #creative writing  #read  #write  #novel  #book  #pitch 
rhysiare asked: I've always dreamt of being a writer myself, like professionally in the literary world. But that aside, which writers do you think are your biggest influences and what are the reasons for them being so?


Answer:

If you dream it, then you’re halfway there already. Now is the time to take action! As for which writers are my biggest influences…

- Edgar Allan Poe because of the way he is able to craft mystery and suspense and alliteration into his work. He doesn’t just write. He molds his words into art, building imagery with a distinct voice.

- F. Scott Fitzgerald because he has this way with words that is pure beauty. I wished I could one day achieve this. He can craft something that isn’t too much or not enough. That’s talent. 

- John Green because he is, simply put, a literary god. 

— 7 months ago with 6 notes
#write  #dream  #F. Scott Fitzgerald  #john green 
Hey, I’m featured in a news story that was released today! The second annual Discover Local Writers event at Barnes & Noble (Saturday, January 18 from 2-4 PM ET) will focus on authors who are making an impact in a variety of genres. Come by and pick up a copy of my debut novel DROWNING, chat with me, contemplate the mysteries of life, or whatever strikes your fancy.

Hey, I’m featured in a news story that was released today! The second annual Discover Local Writers event at Barnes & Noble (Saturday, January 18 from 2-4 PM ET) will focus on authors who are making an impact in a variety of genres. Come by and pick up a copy of my debut novel DROWNING, chat with me, contemplate the mysteries of life, or whatever strikes your fancy.

— 7 months ago with 15 notes
#read  #write  #book  #novel  #Chattanooga  #Tennessee  #barnes and noble  #creative writing  #the breakfast club  #Nooga  #Hamilton place mall  #drowning  #Matthew Hubbard 

My novel is about love and self-acceptance and coming to terms with being gay and how to find happiness. If I could give you all anything this holiday season, it would be the ability to swim when life wants nothing more than to pull you under. Until 11:00 PM ET tonight (12/28/13), I will be giving away the e-book version of DROWNING. All you have to do is just send me a message on here OR email me at matthew@matthewdalehubbard.com with:

  • name
  • age
  • email address
  • favorite book
  • one sentence that best describes you
  • type of e-reader you have (will send e-book in .EPUB, .MOBI, or .PDF)

Please note: You must think happy thoughts about why you matter when you hit send.

Every life is worth living. Okay? Okay.

Yours truly,

Matthew D. Hubbard.

— 8 months ago with 23 notes
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Barnes & Noble just booked me for another signing!

I will be featured in the “New Year 7” event where readers can meet seven authors who are a must-read for 2014. It’s being held at the Chattanooga, TN location on Saturday, January 18th from 2-4 PM ET. What a great way to start a new year! I’m doing what I love and loving what I do. BIG PLANS FOR 2014!

— 8 months ago with 22 notes
#read  #book  #Drowning  #matthew hubbard  #barnes and noble  #chattanooga  #dream  #write  #novel  #2014  #new year  #big plans 
The perfect gift for all those naughty readers on your Christmas list!

The perfect gift for all those naughty readers on your Christmas list!

— 8 months ago with 12 notes
#read  #book  #novel  #drowning  #matthew hubbard  #mean girls  #naughty  #creative  #funny  #write  #author 
This is why I read. This is why I write. 


”Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them — if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.” — Mr. Antolini, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

This is why I read. This is why I write. 



”Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them — if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”
— Mr. Antolini, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

— 9 months ago with 4 notes
#quote  #read  #write  #life  #salinger  #the catcher in the rye  #antolini  #Holden Caulfield 

"Subterfuge Grocery"A Short Story by Matthew Hubbard

Small town life was nothing like it was rumored to be.

Sure, the eternal optimists tried to sugarcoat the fact that their lives were as boring as everyone else’s by labeling the monotonous and the mundane with “small town charm,” but that was like slapping lipstick on a pig and calling it a beauty queen. It was the same damn thing, the same damn people, and the same damn life around every same damn corner. Nothing was what it seemed; nothing was what people made it out to be. Ever. Sulfur Springs, Alabama, was no different from any other small town.

Sometimes, you got stuck behind a godforsaken tractor driving down the road at a mind-numbingly slow crawl of speed. You were just itching to pass the dumbass redneck. The steering wheel was gripped tightly as you veered across the median to see if you could, but you couldn’t. It was always the same damn thing: either a car was coming or there was a curve up ahead and you couldn’t tell if it was safe.

I was pretty sure some wiseass would say to count my blessings and take the time to enjoy the scenery. Easier said than done. The blessings were few and far between. Sure, the scenery was nice to look at, but the fumes from the tractor were enough to make you sicker than a dog. There were drawbacks to everything in life. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.

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— 9 months ago with 16 notes
#writings  #short story  #south  #creative writing  #fiction  #matthew hubbard  #subterfuge grocery  #southern fiction  #literature  #write  #read 
Throwback Thursday: My attempt at writing a second novel about a family of hypocrites. It was abandoned after 15 chapters; however, most of the material was recycled and used in my sophomore novel, I AM—coming out in 2014!

Throwback Thursday: My attempt at writing a second novel about a family of hypocrites. It was abandoned after 15 chapters; however, most of the material was recycled and used in my sophomore novel, I AM—coming out in 2014!

— 9 months ago with 6 notes
#write  #read  #creative writing  #book  #matthew hubbard 
"The unfathomable magic derived from mere words on mere pages was remarkable." — Aidan Sawyer, Drowning

"The unfathomable magic derived from mere words on mere pages was remarkable." — Aidan Sawyer, Drowning

— 10 months ago with 3 notes
#book porn  #unf  #drowning  #matthew hubbard  #read  #novel  #book  #write  #writer  #gay  #fiction YA  #young adult  #lgbt  #glbt  #chattanooga  #author  #creative writing  #bookshelf