The Candidates: Based on a True Country is Matthew S. Hiley’s third novel. It is a dark and absurd comedy in which the author takes swipes at the hypocrisy and self-serving nature of those leading the country, as well as the fame whores in reality television.
His second novel, 2015’s Baseball Dads is an irreverent black comedy about sex, drugs, murder… and children’s baseball.
His first novel, 2010’s Hubris Falls, met with much critical acclaim and dealt, in very raw language, with the taboo realities of race, religion, and politics.
Hiley’s books always contain a strong message. Sure, you may have to wade through some harsh language, crazy sex, and a plethora of drugs to find it…But it’s there, and it might just slap you in the face when you’re least expecting it.
Hiley was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He and his wife have four children together, along with five dogs, six cats, and two lizards. A terrible musician, a reprehensible fisherman, a less-than-mediocre golfer, and a talentless children’s baseball coach, Hiley has found his place in life as a writer whose voice is sharp, witty, and unafraid.