Nathan: Thanks for having me, Amy. Let’s see. I’ve been married to my wonderful wife, Tammy, since 2003. Together we have five children. All but one are grown and have been released out into the world! I’m a transplanted Yankee and I have been in the south for over twenty years.
I work full-time and write part-time. Which means I write when I get the time. Usually late into the night, when it’s quiet in the house.
(My inseam is 30-32; head circumference is basketballish; shoe size varies.)
Amy: 😁 excellent, I think you're one of the only people to answer those! And...FIVE? FIVE kids? I'm not sure I'd cope with five. Stopped at two-and I'm barely sane! When did you first start writing and did you enjoy it right from the start?
Nathan: I started writing in middle school and on into high school and fell in love with it immediately. I worked on the school newspaper and literary magazine, but after I graduated it kind of fell to the wayside when life took over and my kids came along.
Amy: Ah yes, responsibilities, I can relate to that, a similar thing happened to me. Out of the entire process of writing and publishing what do you enjoy the most?
Nathan: Writing is definitely the most enjoyable part for me. Creating the characters and watching them come alive, and seeing how they react to whatever situations I throw at them is like nothing else I’ve ever done.
Amy: Agree-again! As an Indie Author is there anything from writing through to promotion and publication that you wish you didn’t have to do?
Nathan: Everything after the writing! Seriously, my least favorite part is all of the editing that has to be done. And no matter how many times I go through my manuscript, I always find mistakes I missed on the previous read through. It seems never-ending.
Amy: You see, I love all that stuff, she lied! It is a daunting necessity. Tell us about where you write. Do you have a dedicated space or are you able to write anywhere?
Nathan: I had a desk in my office where I used to write, but after a recent move I no longer have that, so I usually write at the kitchen table, or in my recliner, on occasion.
I do find myself writing notes to myself anywhere or any time an idea comes up, though. And I have considered downloading the Word app from Microsoft, just in case.
Amy: I jot things down in Notes on the iPhone which has now apparently become another limb on my body! Do you have a process or any habits that must be completed before you start writing?
Nathan: There is the ritualistic offering of small animals. Just kidding! No, I just sit down and it just starts pouring out.
Amy: That gets a bit messy after a while, I got fed up with the clean up afterwards. Name a place fictional or real that you’d like to visit.
Nathan: I went to DC a few years ago with our Youth Ministry on a prayer mission. It’s a remarkable place. I would like to visit there again. If any local churches are looking for a chaperone, I’m available!
Amy: Who are your favourite authors and what are you reading at the moment?
Nathan: I’ve been a Stephen King fan most of my life. In fact, I started out writing horror stories. But now I mostly read Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti, and Randy Alcorn. I’m getting into Terri Blackstock.
Amy: Do you listen to music when you write? Who is on your current play list?
Nathan: Most times I do. I have multiple channels on Pandora, so it really depends on who I’m focusing on during that time. Anything from Christian, to Country, to Mediterranean.
Amy: What are you working on at the moment?
Nathan: I’m currently editing and rewriting book 2 of my Christian crime series, The Foley Chronicles: Files from the 8th District, as well as writing book 3, and plotting books 4, 5, and 6.
Amy: Finally, if you weren’t a writer and you could choose to do anything else with your life what would you do?
Nathan: I’ve always been fascinated by criminal psychology, especially after I read Mind Hunter, a book by John Douglas (long before Criminal Minds came along). He was one of the creators of the FBI’s Criminal Profiling Program, so I would have to say FBI Profiler.
That is a fascinating field. Thanks very much Nathan.
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