Interview with A. Nation

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do custom Embroidery and promote my book
Who are your favorite authors?
Agatha Christie, Isaac Asimov, H.G.Wells, Rita Mae Brown, Tim Stout, Georgette Heyer
So, what is next in your writing tales?
I'm working on another detective story that will end up on Mars in the future. Artificial Intelligence seems to be an interesting topic now. What if by the actions of an innocent perpetrator who kills is seen only by the recording memory of an A.I. And so the story begins.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through my online library or by a friend's suggestion
What is your writing process?
I have an idea that I think about what the scenarios could be. If there is enough to write about then I will begin. Usually the idea has to really impress me or make me upset. I usually write at bedtime if I'm not reading. Some of the most interesting ideas occur at that time. The next day I type my notes into my computer and refine it some. After the story is finished at about 60,000+ I give a copy to my readers and continue to reread my story myself until it is polished.
How do you approach cover design?
In my business with imprinting, I have Corel Draw and lots of clipart to draw from. The cover has to have some relation to the story. I do it my way because I can't find artwork from Createspace that is applicable.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mystery, Murder Mysteries
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle because it is what my husband bought me. I'm satisfied.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
One on one
When did you first start writing?
Over four years ago. I discovered a writing club at my local library and the people have been great in helping me write and publish.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is part of a series about aliens trying to find their lost relatives that escaped a world that had been destroyed. I wanted to express what could happen with these particular aliens if their society was split and did not follow the ways of their ancestors. What would the social aspects of rediscovering long lost relatives and the ramifications. Of course I throw in two humans to counter balance the story and give the readers a connection.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I do this for fun. I wanted to do with less cost involved. I like having a hands on with my writing, using my readers to critique, and an easy way to publish.
What do your fans mean to you?
I value their opinion and expertise on what I might write about especially the technical descriptions and hope I can give them more.
What are you working on next?
The fifth saga in my domino series called Return.
Two humans, who have been traveling with the ahmans through space after leaving the planet of Arret, learn their antagonist has broken out of prison. Verdock kidnaps the Counselor Prime's new wife and then takes his revenge onto the humans and their friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Similar But Not the Same
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
This story made me realize what my focus and purpose is to write.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Putting my emotion into the descriptions
Since we last talked, you had finished your book Found. What have you done since that was published?
I concluded that story with Return, There's No Easy Way. This is pure SciFi and conflict between good and evil. Robert almost loses his life but in the end all arrive safe on Mars. I leave the story with a few unanswered questions to be explored in following books.
In the meantime, I wrote Desert Shock, another detective story that takes place in the future with many of the same familiar characters. This was a story of true stories taken from today's news. I wanted to express what would happen when Mother Nature is more controlled than man's manipulations.
My latest book, is a Nanowrimo story that takes off from Where Did They Go? This one is called The Pottery Shop, What Lies Beneath. Even though the main focus of the story is about pottery and who killed the potters, my main character is drawn into her friend's fairyland world to save its inhabitants.
What are you writing now?
Artificial Intelligence is becoming the most talked about subject today. What if an A.I. witnessed a crime? Not an ordinary crime but a crime by an innocent that had no reason to kill. Because there are no moral safeguards in the A.I., the information is stored on the android's memory disk. This will be another futuristic detective story that brings my MC to Mars.
Published 2017-02-19.
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Books by This Author

Easter & Hobs
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,600. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Urban
Two short stories. Susan discovers elves painting eggs. Hobnobby meets Susan for the first time.
Blackhawk Files
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 213,490. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Located in the 25th century on Mars and Earth, these Detective Blackhawk files involve first contact with an alien species, a detective tracking his suspect, and death by an innocent. Most agree the red planet is a dangerous place where accidents and murder can occur. Detective Alex Blackhawk is Dené Navajo, his focus has always been his work until he met the congressman's daughter.
Christmas The Gift of Friendship
Price: Free! Words: 2,710. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Fairy tales
Susan Edwards decides to have an intimate Christmas eve party for her close friends and neighbors.
Thanksgiving Dinner
Price: Free! Words: 4,260. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Family
Susan can't find a turkey for Thanksgiving until two semi-trucks show up.
The Cruise - Lost at Sea
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 63,090. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Susan and her two neighbors go on a cruise to Hawaii. Away from the odd assortment of people who need her help only to get her in trouble, all she wants to do is relax and read a good book. But soon her wonderful vacation turns into a horrible nightmare.
A Cat on Mars
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,920. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
From his rescue to running through air shafts to see aliens before the humans do. First he lives on the Moon and after a year, his mistress, Alice Morgan takes him to live on Mars in this 25th century tale. A new added scene. A novella, updated 12-26-17.
Cat In Space
Price: Free! Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A tiny black and white kitten is rescued. He soon is heading on an adventure of his life to the Moon. Updated 10-25-17
Domino Mysteries
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 192,970. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Located in the 25th century on Mars and Earth, these first three SciFi sagas involve first contact with an alien species, technology of living on Mars, a detective tracking his suspect, and family theft. Most agree the red planet is a dangerous place where accidents and murder can occur.
Fatal Error Death by Innocence
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,440. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
A terrorist is destroying android units in the 25th century. Humans make mistakes. A woman leaves an incriminating letter her mother wrote at the Tucson Police Station. One android is compelled to follow the three laws of robotics and helps the detective solve the crime. This is a tale of truth revealed and how death by an innocent can escalate into murder. Updated 2/17/18
The Pottery Sale - What Lies Beneath
Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off!) Words: 71,470. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Susan Edwards tries a neighbor suggestion to enroll in pottery classes. The annual Pottery Sale helps raise funds for the hospital. Local crime leads to one of the potter's mysterious death. Hobnobby, wants a dwelling of his own, but has to deal with the evil in two worlds.
Desert Shock Secrets Never Stay Hidden
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,190. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
The shock the Tucson police find in the desert is nothing compared to the shock Mother Nature dishes out.
Return There's No Easy Way
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,250. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The two humans and their daughter are heading back home to Mars in the alien ship when they are threatened.
Where Did They Go? - The World of Vesda
Price: $3.99 $1.00 USD. (75% off!) Words: 59,270. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Susan was devastated when her husband dies in a car accident. Missing items, one after another, keeps disappearing around her home until she steps into another world. Soon she realizes who killed her husband.
Found The Lost Ones
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,090. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Space travel had advanced to allow the ahmans to search for their lost brethren. The aliens almost destroyed their world 2000 years ago when they escape to their moons and nearby planet for survival. Some either missed their trajectory or flew out of their solar system to parts unknown.
Crossroads - A Moment of Decision
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,390. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » General
The crew from the Mars base station in the twenty-fifth century returns to Earth for R&R from the long radiation exposure. Old friends meet and soon Alice finds out that someone is stealing her cousins heirlooms. Greed and retribution still occur in the twenty fifth century. Will the cat and dog save the day?
Deflection - A Race Against Time
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,350. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
From a native Navajo boy to Tucson's detective, Alex Blackhawk will cross paths with his enemy until it becomes deadly. When the rich control our country's highest office, what happens when the President unleashes a terrifying weapon. Does the suspect of three murders have a connection to maintain power? Detective Blackhawk will have to go to Mars to find out.
Similar - But Not the Same
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,130. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
As humans settle on Mars three hundred years in the future, another species of hominins are beginning to save theirs. Alice packs up her cat and leaves the Moon for a new future on Mars. Interviews are held between humans and aliens. Mars can be a dangerous place, murder and accidents can happen.