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About Lord of Columbia

 

Hi, and welcome to the Lord of Columbia Series’ official site! My name is Todd Matthews, author of the Lord of Columbia Series and I’m glad to have you aboard this journey as the Columbian colonies fight for all they hold dear to themselves.

 

Lord of Columbia Series: An Overview

The Lord of Columbia Series was founded in July 2015, but its roots can be traced as far back as 2010, when I first sat down to write my own action-filled urban fantasy.

After writing myself into a hole a few times I discarded my work and became a personal trainer in 2012.

In mid-2014, the urge to write struck me once more but after a solid premise and even a few great chapters here and there in the dreaded Marathon of the Middle, I stalled again in December 2014 and shelved the budding work for months.

After a turbulent June 2015 and a July that sank into even greater depths, I needed something to take my mind off the constant stress I faced in life and returned one more time to give my manuscript another chance.

Finally, after years of starts, stops, sputters, and stalls, I found a premise that stuck, the chapters flowed, and the characters popped out of the pages.

Lord of Columbia was born.

After dozens of edits and rewrites, Episode One in the Lord of Columbia Series, Northern Knights, was published in August 2018.

A few months later in December 2018 the second installment, Swords of Destiny, hit Amazon’s online shelves.

There are at least another five books planned for the Lord of Columbia Series, if not more, and I can’t wait to show my readers what happens to the character cast they’ve come to know and love in this budding series.

 

About Me

Hi, I’m Todd Matthews and I commit thoughtcrime for a living and such crimes speak through my Lord of Columbia Series.

Seeing the current state of global affairs these days inspired me to write the Lord of Columbia Series and its sister Neo Skyehawk Novelette Series.

I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I do writing them.

Have fun and live free.

Todd Matthews

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26 Comments

  1. I’m very impressed and these series sound so exciting. Great job. I’m so happy I happened on to your site and your writing.

    • This one is rather unique in that it takes allegories from real life, especially those from American history and politics, to fuse them into an urban fantasy story. Within the Lord of Columbia Series you’ll find such allegories like the Bill of Rights, individual liberty, and what happens when too much power is ceded to governments. I’m glad you came across and liked the site.

  2. Hello Todd, congratulations on your books. Very interesting reading your personal stories. My whole family reads. I will buy your books!

    • Thanks, Susan! I have a few more coming out within the next couple months, too. Missing in Columbia, which I’ll be giving the synopsis to very soon, plus two more of my free novelettes will be out as well. I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

  3. I’m glad that I met a real writer. I hope you can live with writing.
    I was always interested in how much time it takes to write a book, how much time it takes to research, whether you already know in the beginning how the book will end.
    Wish you a lot of new books.

    • I’m hoping I can in the future, Darko! It can take years, as Northern Knights took a good deal of my time to write. Lots of sacrifices, too.

  4. Nila OstranderNila Ostrander

    Wow! You never give-up despite of too many hassle along the way. You are a truly writer Todd. And I can tell all your hard work will paid off soon.

    • Thanks, Nila! And yes, I’ve always had that never-say-die attitude in anything I embark in. Writing is not an easy path and it’s one that will cause many to fold, but those who see it through will be rewarded not just in doing something they love but also in finding value and fulfillment in their work. Stay the course. That’s my biggest advice to authors.

  5. Wow, that’s awesome, Todd. I see you are truly a writer at heart. You have a nice website theme with a lot of interesting content with real products. Nice job!

    • Thanks, Tavares! It’s only in its beginning stages, too. There’s a lot of expansion to be done!

  6. Wow! It’s definitely true what they say, never give up! Even when things stalled out, you kept coming back to it, and that’s something to be proud of.

    Congratulations on publishing your first two books! I wish you luck. Urban fantasy is a big favorite genre of mine. I’ll be honest though, I usually stick to female authors because of the romantic twists. I’ll have to take a look at your series!

    • Hi, Selenity, it’s very true when it comes to stalling out, we need to keep powering forward, especially if we’re passionate about something. You might like Lord of Columbia, especially Book III, as I can attest it’s borderline romance, maybe too overdone!!

  7. WeiWei

    Writing is hard and probably harder than I could imagine. I congratulate you for sticking to the plan and have produced solid results.

    I notice in your comment that the story is fused with real life history and politics. That’s sounds especially intriguing to me. I’ll check them out on Amazon right now.

    • Hi, Wei, writing is one of those impudent tricksters that looks easy, especially after we read from authors who’ve written numerous books. But, it’s a process and we need to realize for the first year or two, we aren’t that good. In fact, I’d love to share the very first novel I’ve ever written (it’s not published!) as a teaching tool. I’d do this just to show how far an author can come from 2015 to 2019, or in my case, four years.

  8. Before I stumbled upon your site I would have told you that suspense/drama was my go to genre (think James Patterson). But wow – I think you may have convinced me to turn the corner. I have so much awe and respect for your perseverance. It was, no doubt, a turbulent journey. The best part is that you can now put that heart and soul into your writing and capture everyone’s attention. Kudos to you for not giving up. I cannot wait to start reading and eagerly await what follows. Keep swimming —Julie

    • Thanks, Julie! Definitely turbulent, with a slew of starts, stops, sputters, and stalls, but with perseverance, the view from the mountaintop was definitely worth seeing.

  9. LeNard SimmonsLeNard Simmons

    Hi, Todd, it sounds like you are on your way to building your fan club. Good job, you earned it. You worked hard, had your ups and downs while putting Lord of Columbia together. Writing can be hard. Trying to find a publisher, and making the writing interested for a wide variety of readers. But you are doing it.

    • Todd MatthewsTodd Matthews

      It’s a definite journey, I can tell you that much. But, despite the ups and downs, you can definitely succeed in anything you want, no matter how tough. It’s something this experience has taught me and continues to teach me. 

  10. Hi Todd,
    Just the title of your series, Lord of Columbia, really gets my attention. It sounds fascinating. I’ve always wanted to write but I find myself telling the story too fast. I admire people like you who can stick with it and provide all the details to make the story work. I think you’re going to be very successful!
    Keep Writing!
    Shiloh

    • Hi, Shiloh! What’s funny about the title of the series is that it went through so many different names before I conducted a massive keyword search. For a while, I called the series ‘Once’ before turning it into ‘Days of Gaia.’ Afterward, it became ‘Age of Columbia,’ a title that almost stuck, before I saw that the word ‘Lord’ was searched far more than ‘Age’ but not so much that it the work would end up on a saturated keyword list.

  11. Well done Todd! I am thrilled that you had the perseverance and determination to continue on in reaching your goals as an established writer! Your truly a fine example to follow.
    Given the state of global affairs, with such diversity in politics makes me intrigued to know more!

    • Thanks, Christopher, and yes, the political allegories you see in these books will definitely remind one of today’s political stage.

  12. Great website everything seems to be working well like your theme and your commitment of useing your own insight

    • Thanks, Jean! And yes, I actually updated almost all my articles last night. Took a few hours, but man, I’d love to be doing this all day and night in favor of working a boring old day job, but with the plan I have in place, despite the fact it’s a process, there are more than fantastic days ahead.

  13. Hello Todd. I am impressed with your life story. You certainly don’t quit and that seems to be key for most new writers. I can appreciate how difficult it must have been to finally launch your passion. You have written several books and I am excited to see how they move forward as a story line. I wonder how you managed to finally discover the fantasy world of exposition writing. Great work and congrats on discovering and cultivating your unique interests.

    • Thanks, Dave! Discovering the world just took years of observation and mental note taking. I was inspired by so many different works and took note of what I loved about each world and elements within them before concocting my own world from those worlds.

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