Meet Nathan. He is a cross genre writer. He answered every question I asked, and that makes him pretty awesome. Check out his Author Interview.
He is a cross genre writer who works primarily works in Science Fiction and Fantasy, but also dabbles in Thrillers and Suspense. He uploads either a chapter, part, or short story every week. Currently he is uploading on Friday evenings around 9pm Mountain Time Zone (in the US.) You can find his stories on his Wattpad page.
Author Interview – Nathan Little
- What influenced you to write your first piece?
I have been writing for most of my life, so I don’t remember the first thing that I wrote. But the first thing that I remember writing was a satire essay where I linked the increase in sightings of Bigfoot and the release of Star Wars. The idea for the piece was that the Bigfoot saw Chewbacca being treated like a chauffeur and decided they didn’t want to become the new taxi drivers in our world, thus going back into hiding.
- What’s your favorite genre to read?
My favorite genre to read would be science fiction, followed closely by fantasy.
- What’s your favorite genre to write?
Once again science fiction is my favorite genre to write, but followed closely by fantasy.
- Out of all the characters you’ve created, who is your favorite? Why?
Oddly, my favorite character that I created only showed up for a few paragraphs in a fantasy novelette that I wrote called The Climb. The character was an herbalist named Fiklan. I decided that Fiklan needed an abnormal speech cadence, and it was fun writing his lines.
- What do you do/how do you keep your creative muse happy?
I don’t have ADD, but sometimes I think my muse does. It is often hard to keep up with the ideas that fly through my head. To keep my muse happy I have to work on multiple stories as a time. Currently I am writing five short stories, two novelettes, a graphic novel and my novel.
- What was the best reader feedback you’ve ever received?
All of my stories are available as rough draft versions on Wattpad. Wattpad is a social networking site for readers and writers. I love it when people are willing to put up with the poor grammar of my rough drafts and still tell me that they are enjoying the story.
- What was the worst reader feedback you’ve ever received?
I have only been uploading my stories since September of last year. As of yet I still have not had any negative feedback. There was one comment that I chose to take as sarcastic. My stories are all in rough draft, and someone commented that I should fire my proofreader. That same person commented that they were loving the story shortly after. But that has been the worst of it so far.
- What are your writing goals for the next year?
The rough draft manuscript for my novel will be completed in two months. With luck and a lot of emails I plan on shopping my manuscript to as many agents as I can find. Hopefully someone will like it enough to consider selling it to a publisher. Also, I will be publishing an online graphic novel.
- What are you reading right now?
Right now I am reading Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss and A Tale of Light and Shadow (advanced readers copy) by Jacob Gowans both of which are fantasy.
- What are the biggest mistakes you made with your first manuscript?
I submitted my first manuscript to Asimov’s Magazine, only to realize that I had submitted an older version with several errors. I was horrified long before I received the rejection letter.
- What and where will you be reading from your latest book? Are you making public appearances?
I am not yet doing any readings. But I can be found at conventions talking to as many authors and publishers as possible.
- How do you develop your writing ideas?
I have a few friends who I bounce all of my ideas off of. I generally only write the stuff that seems to have the best reactions from them. At my day job, I have lots of time to roll ideas around while I do my mindless tasks.
- What makes you unique as a writer?
It’s hard to say what makes me unique as a writer. I have traveled to many countries and lived in Thailand for over a year. I believe that my first hand experience with many differ cultures helps me write a wide range of believable characters. Plus I created a religion for non-biological sentient beings, and turned goblins into eusocial creatures (like an ant colony).
- What’s your favorite social media outlet for marketing/promotions?
I currently use Twitter as my main source of promotion for my writing. I also have a Facebook page for my writing, but it only has two hundred likes compared to the almost ten thousand followers on Twitter.
- Where do you like to write? (Starbucks, on your bed)
My ideal place to write is at the kitchen table, but I often find myself sitting in bed next to my wife as she reads.
- What are your favorite kinds of characters to write? (Villains, damsels in distress)
My favorite characters to write is usually the supporting characters. I love how absurd and random these characters can be without hurting the story.
- Are you an outliner or a seat of your pants writer?
For the most part I write on the fly. But for my longer stories I usually create an outline in an effort to avoid going too deep into the rabbit hole.
- Any advice for new writers?
Write for yourself. Don’t ever write what you think others would like. Write what you like, and your passion will show in your writing.
- Do the people in your life know that you write? Do they know that you write erotica? Have you ever let them read your work?
I wish to become a professional writer, so I don’t hide the fact that I write, or what I am writing. But, I would probably be a little more secretive if I wrote erotica. My mother reads most of my work, but I don’t think my dad has much interest.
- If you use a pen name, why did you choose it?
As an introvert I toyed with the idea of writing under a pen name, but decided against it. In this day and age, if someone wants to know who you are, then there are ways to do so. The pen name that I was thinking of using was Scott Bishop. Scott is my middle name, and Bishop was one of the first characters that I created back in high school.
- How has your impression of self-publishing changed?
When I first started writing, I was going to self-publish everything. But the more I learned about how publishing works, there are several things that I just don’t want to deal with. Instead I would rather be writing while I paid someone else to do those things for me.
- Would you recommend self-publishing to others?
A recommendation of self-publishing greatly depends on what has been written, and what the writer wants to do with it. Self-published books make it to the best sellers lists, but only after a lot of hard work has been put in to get it there. If a writer has a great novel and wants it to be a best seller, then writing takes a back seat to the efforts of marketing for that novel. If the writer has the time, and the knowledge of marketing; then by all means save the money. As for me, I would rather be writing.
- How can self-published authors improve self-publishing?
The best thing about traditional publishing is that it acts as a filter. It doesn’t always work perfectly, but you can assume that the book was edited properly, and has a story that is enjoyable. I think that one of the things that can make self publishing better is if all of the indie writers joined writing groups. In a proper writing group everyone would have access to constructive criticism to help make their writing better. This would help to weed out the poor stories from the great, much like a traditional publisher would do.
- When is your next work coming out?
The manuscript for my first novel will be completed in about two months. Once it is completed I will send the manuscript to an editor and begin to send out query letters to agents trying to find someone who might want to sell my story. I’m hoping to have the novel available for sale by the end of next summer.
- If you have written a series, was it a bigger commitment than you originally imagined? What made you decide to split your story, rather than writing it all at once?
The manuscript that I am currently writing will be the first in a series. I wanted to tell an epic sci-fi story that spanned over a long period of time. I thought that the best way that I could do this would be in multiple novels rather than one.
- How has your success grown since the first work you published?
I have a small group of people who are anxious for my next chapter, and if I am late uploading it onto Wattpad, they give me a friendly reminder to stay focused. I would count that as a success, but other than that I have yet to prove myself.
- Briefly, describe a day in your life.
My normal day is fairly busy. I wake up usually around seven am and get my two-year-old daughter ready to go to day care while my pregnant wife gets ready for her day. My wife takes my daughter to day care and then I get ready and head to work. For work I compound bioequivalent hormones for pharmaceutical use (basically I make prescription hormones). At lunch I have half an hour to shove some food down my throat while I frantically try to write. After work, I go home and prepare dinner, which I try (and often fail) to have ready when my wife and child get home. After dinner we play for half an hour to an hour depending on how efficient the day went. Then we start the bedtime routine. Bath, brush teeth, story, and hopefully I am out of the room by eight thirty pm (but it is usually later than that). Once the toddler is down for the night, I have a choice. For the next hour or two I can hang out with my wife, I can write, or I can play video games (as a man approaching middle age I probably play more than I should). As of late I have been writing as much as I can in an attempt to finish my manuscript. Most nights I try to devote at least half an hour to writing. With luck I am in bed trying to fall asleep around eleven pm.
- How fast do you type? Do you use software to write your books faster?
I can type over a hounded words a minute if I am trying, but my grammar becomes worse than it already is, and my spelling… I have tried to write on a note pad, but when I write fast my handwriting becomes hard to read even for myself.
- Do you prefer to write your stories with pen and paper, or type them out?
I prefer to type rather than handwriting. I find that it is much faster, and much easier to find things that I have written. The only times that I will write in a notebook now are for writing exercises. For me it’s all about the tap tap tap on the keyboard.
- Describe your ideal writing space.
My ideal writing space would be devoted to my writing and little else. I would need two chairs. The first chair would be firm and would force me to focus. The second chair would comfort me when I thought first chair was treating me unfairly. I would like to have a wall painted with dry erase paint so I could make large notes for my stories. Last I would need a comfortable dog bed. The pug has a hard time being in a different room from me, and he needs a place where he can snore other than my lap.
Thanks Nathan for doing an Author Interview with me! If you liked his interview, or want to do one of your own, drop me a line below.