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Our Interview with Author Nathan Combs
I currently have two books of a trilogy published and am in the process of finishing the third. Book one chronicles a collapse of the United States, and most of the world, due to a combination of nuclear war, anarchy and plague, but their are survivors in the USA. The story follows them through their trials, tribulations, successes and failures, as they face a host of challenges. Book two continues the story with new challenges for them to overcome.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I never decided to become a writer. It was an accident. It just happened.
What does your family think of your work?
Two of my children have read my books. They like them. I suppose the rest, are too busy to read.
How would you describe your writing style?
Humorous but intense
Do you write for a specific demographic group or genre?
Since I am my biggest critic, I write for myself. I think writing to please specific groups or genres limits the imagination. While some may have to look deeper than others, I like to think there is something for everyone in my stories.
Do you have specific habits when you write?
This may sound self-serving but when I start writing, I lose all track of time. I immerse myself in the story. I see, feel, smell, taste, hear and touch whatever I’m writing about. I suppose the only habit I have is that I hate to stop.
When does inspiration typically strike?
Inspiration is typically with me. When I am writing I never lack inspiration. I can’t wait to find out what happens in my story. I never have a clue where the story is going or how it ends. It just happens. Often, when I finish a section I find myself saying...Whoa...where did that come from?
Where do you get your inspiration for the book?
From my own life and from people I know.
Which of your characters is your favorite and why?
That’s a tough one. The characters I’ve created for this trilogy all have distinct personalities and are vastly different from each other. In a sense, I gave birth to them and I am fond of all. If I were forced to choose one–or perhaps two— It would be a tie between Bill and Nina/Anna. Bill because he’s just fun to write about, and Nina/Anna because she is such a complex and conflicted person.
If you could have coffee with any character of any book, who would it be and why?
Nina. If you read the books, I believe you’ll know why.
If you could meet any author dead or alive who would it be? And why?
Well who wouldn’t like to meet the author of Mein Kampf? Demented but fascinating.
Name a book you wish you had written.
I haven’t read the book but I was enthralled with the movie, “The Girl on the Train.” Outstanding plot.
Would you like your book turned into a movie? Do you have any actors in mind?
Those who have read my books believe they would make great movies. I’m biased of course but I agree. I have thought about who the actors and actresses might be. I’ll keep that to myself, thank you.
What do you do, besides writing?
Sleep, wakeup, eat, write, eat, write, sleep, rinse, repeat.
Do you have any hobbies?
I target shoot, workout, read, and coach grade school basketball in season.
Best line from a book you’ve read?
“The sun circled the earth like a grieving mother with a lamp.” Cormack McCarthy. The Road.
Best reward as a writer?
I have discovered if you write to make money, you’re probably going to be disappointed. When I’ve finished a book and reread it, if I can honestly say to myself “That is a good book,” that’s reward enough for me.
Biggest trouble you faced as a writer?
When I first began writing...about three years ago, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I was lucky enough to hook up with a fantastic editor and I guess you could say I’m a quick study, because through her corrections to the millions of errors I made, I now can write fluidly. I hear her voice in my mind saying...tell me more about this, or be more descriptive. Show me don’t tell me.
How do you react to a bad review?
I haven’t had a bad review yet. Most of my reviews have been five stars. The few three stars I have received don’t bother me in the least, and at the risk of sounding conceded, I don’t think any of my works would ever by worthy of one or two stars.
Do you review others’ books? Are you nice or are you direct?
No I do not. But if I did I would be bluntly honest but would temper it with positive recommendations.
What is your favorite TV show?
The Walking Dead. Go figure.
Favorite movie that inspired you?
Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, and several others but I’m old, and can’t remember their names.
Favorite food when writing?
Coffee. Sumutra. Black
What thing you wish you could stop doing and you can’t?
I smoke. It’s a nasty habit.
Do you have plans for a sequel?
I am (about half done) with the final book of the trilogy.
What motivates you?
Life and my youngest son.
What are your future writing plans? Anything in the works?
I have been kicking around another story and wrote a short prologue for it.
How long did it take you to write, edit and publish the book?
The first book, about seven months. The second one, around five months.
How has the reviews of your book been thus far?
Mostly five stars.
What recommendations do you have to sell books to other Indie Authors?
I can’t advise others on how to sell books as an Indie Author because I haven’t figured that out myself. Yet.
Best advice you have received as a writer?
When I first began writing I wrote to please others. It didn’t take me long to figure out that was not the way to go. I didn’t say this because X might not like it, and I didn’t say that because miss Y might be offended. I have always been a voracious reader and when I start a book, if it doesn’t grab me in some way, within the first ten pages or so, I generally put it down and never pick it back up. I also HATE obvious errors. Like “It was the worlds most powerful handgun, the 8.5mm magnum.” There’s no such thing, and those types of errors turn me off immediately. For me, the story instantly becomes unbelievable, thus unreadable. In other words, if the details in a book haven’t been researched, it annoys me. So I write to please me. And because I am so critical, if the words I put to paper, if I am pleased, then I think they’ll go over good with (almost) everyone else.