What the Wind Brings, my historical fiction magnum opus, has won the Endeavour Award, sponsored by Oregon’s annual science fiction convention, OryCon. The award has been given annually since 1999 for “a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book written by a Pacific Northwest author or authors.”

I believe I’m the first Canadian author to win. The judges chose two books, mine and The Witch’s Kind by Louisa Morgan, a Seattle author.

What the Wind Brings is a historical novel with magical realism elements published by Pulp Literature Press, of Langley, BC. The novel is based on real persons and events that began when shipwrecked African slaves melded with indigenous peoples of sixteenth-century Ecuador, and together they outfought and out-thought the Spanish conquistadors who plotted to subdue them.

I waited more than forty years to write the novel, after first learning of the shipwreck in a footnote to a university textbook back in 1971.

You can read the opening here: https://curiousfictions.com/stories/2726-matthew-hughes-what-the-wind-brings