Interview with Nicolas Z Porter

Describe your desk
At the moment, single-pedestal oak, stained a warm brown, five feet wide by almost three feet deep. The drawers are that deep as well. Two small drawers at left and center, three taller drawers down the right side. On it are The American Heritage College Dictionary (4th edition), Pressfield's The War of Art, Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary, Stanbrough's Beyond the Masks and Hemingway's Complete Stories: The Finca Vigia Edition.
When did you first start writing?
When I was five, I began describing things I saw from the side window of the back seat of my father's '57 Chevy.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a collection of short fiction. I enjoy writing short fiction because it's a dying art. However, I'm also working on a post-apocalyptic novel that contains not even one zombie, vampire, etc. Humans are difficult enough without throwing in things that can't be killed or won't remain so.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My good friend Harvey Stanbrough led me to Smashwords. He insisted. Here I am.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The challenge of saying things in a new way. The knowledge that a great story will stick with the reader.
What are you working on next?
Whatever story occurs—the world is full of them, you know—and that novel I mentioned. Or another one.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ernest Hemingway, Ray Bradbury, Jack Williamson.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The lack of whiskey or the lure of the pen.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Fishing, hunting, experiencing life and doing everything I can to annoy those who believe for some reason they're entitled to a "fair share" without earning it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a silly story about how Capitol Hill was formed. Difficult to recall exact details. I was six.
What is your writing process?
I sit, I write. When I get stuck, I write the next sentence, then write the next sentence. As a result, my subconscious has realized I won't allow it to get stuck, so it doesn't anymore. I and my friend Gervasio Arrancado have this in common.
How do you approach cover design?
Harvey Stanbrough designs all my covers for me, both for ebooks and print.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything by my friend Gervasio Arrancado, anything by Hemingway, anything by Ron Wick (I love mysteries but don't care to write them). I also enjoy the poetry of Howard Nemerov, Anthony Hecht, Wilfred Owen and William Baer. I heartily recommend them. If you want to become a great fiction writer, learn the ropes of poetry, and I don't mean broken prose.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What's an e-reading device?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I just write. The more stories and other works I have out there the more easily readers can find my work.
Published 2014-06-14.
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Books by This Author

The Shaman
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Two men are on a camping trip in their favorite remote spot. Nearby is an ancient pueblocito in a crevice in a cliff above the Gila River. Was the pueblocito home to a shaman? It's a great place to explore, theorize and slather philosopy across the desert. Especially after the shaman makes an appearance.
The Necklace
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A routine interview with a murder suspect. Given the preponderance of evidence against him, probably he'll either lawyer-up or confess. Either way will mean an early day for the detective. But sometimes there's more evidence than you expect.
A Special Treat
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A weary man sits in his recliner in his living room. He's waited all week for his special TV show, and it's on. It's the first episode of a new season. Then someone starts knocking at his door. We can forgive him for not answering immediately, can't we? Well, can't we?
The Stipplesuit
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,380. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In this intense SF short story, Wesley Smithfield-Rush III, PhD, came aboard a shuttle as part of a space archaeology team to conduct an archaeological survey and inventory of an abandoned transport before it was recovered. It was an easy, routine way to keep his hand in and show off how much he knows. What harm could it do?
Saving the Baby
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
In this intense short story by Nicolas Z Porter, Gunnery Sergeant Ben Crowley is trapped between past and present, but what's so bad about trying to save a baby?
The Common Good: A Collection
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,400. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In this collection of five stories, you'll find a hit-woman who inadvertently recruits a bored youth into service; a story of pure, extremely adulterated human nature; an incident in a waiting room; a living vision on a pier in the dark; a cautionary tale that is uniquely and unfortunately American.
Elegant Gestures: A Collection
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,660. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In Elegant Gestures: A Collection you'll discover a ghost story; a young mother-to-be, maybe, who is nothing short of mental; proof that one man's god is another man's monster; a family coven; and the rag-draped bones of a reluctant prophet, perhaps, moving along the street cursing your life with his existence. Oddly enough, without him, you wouldn't have the freedom to avoid him.
Fire & Ice: A Collection
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 23,700. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A hit-woman who inadvertently recruits a bored youth; pure, extremely adulterated human nature; an incident in a waiting room; a living vision on a dark pier; a uniquely American cautionary tale; a ghost story; a young mother-to-be who is mental; proof that one man's god is another man's monster; a family coven; and the rag-draped bones of a reluctant prophet, cursing your life with his existence.
One Late Afternoon in Lower Alabama: A Collection
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,790. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Five Intense short stories. Visit Pamplona, watch as a smart-aleck is trained in the best possible way; a young mother-to-be and her escort say goodbye in a bus terminal; enter a village on patrol to the sound of fireworks... or is it? In southern Alabama, things move at their own pace and are very seldom what they seem. These character-driven stories will remind you of Hemingway's later works.
Old Suits: A Collection
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 21,350. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Literature » Literary
These are ten intense short stories from backwoods fishing in Montana to war in Southeast Asia to the rural south to Pamplona and more... so much more. Literary and genre alike, these character-driven short stories will remind you of Hemingway's works in his later years.
Adobe Walls
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,510. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Wes Crowley, a former Texas Ranger and US marshal from Santa Fe, has at long last given up his search to find a turncoat... and then he does.
One Late Afternoon in Lower Alabama
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,360. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Horror » Crime
In southern Alabama, things move at their own pace and are very seldom what they seem. Come along on this intense short story by Nick Porter.
Ivan Hogue
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,780. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
An interplanetary hunter storms into a tavern on a mining outpost on Andula. He's looking for a beast, or a man... or maybe a spirit. He isn't quite sure.
An Elegant Gesture
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,050. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
A fortune teller, a bent, crippled old man, a post-apocalyptic setting—what could go wrong? In this intense short story, Nick Porter stretches his capable hand to science fiction.
A Settled Grave
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,860. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
This is an intense psychological suspense story by Nicolas Z Porter. Having just buried one child, how far will you go to get another one?
A Vanilla Shake for Martha
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,990. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
In this wonderfully descriptive short story by Nick Porter, an elderly woman and her husband take a journey through a small west-Texas town and her memories.
Fire & Ice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,360. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A homeless veteran wanders the streets, struggling with his ghosts as he vascillates between The World and his own reality, reliving the day he watched his best friend die.
The Waiting Room
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,040. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
In the waiting room of a psychologist's office, a man engages a woman in a conversation about personal responsibility and the mores of society.
The Moral of the Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,690. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A stranger visits a peaceful village and is welcomed. Why is he there? Is it a test? Only time will tell....
Marie
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,660. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Charlie Porter, 25, is stuck in the small town of Stillman where nothing exciting ever happens. Or does it? Everybody gets at least one chance to change their lives. Will Charlie take his?
One Evening on the Pier
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,240. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Nick wanders almost every evening to the end of the pier. That's where the fabric is thinnest between this world and the world where the stories reside.
The Common Good: An American Fairy Tale
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,200. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Ellyn Cochran comes to find that everything is not always as it seems, even in the liberal fairytale world she hoped for.
Consuela & Other Tales
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,920. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
If you enjoy Hemingway's descriptive narrative, you will enjoy these five intense short stories. Ranging from the rural midwest to a small town in the deep south to the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico to the back-country trout streams of Michigan to a steamy jungle in Southeast Asia, they will lead the reader on a rollercoaster ride of emotion.
Do What's Right: A Continuation of Bird Huntin’
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,690. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
This is an intense short story that continues the story begun in Nick Porter's "Bird Huntin'." Two ten year old boys are the best of friends. One has a need that only his friend can fulfill. The other must pay the price for doing what's right.
Training Macon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,310. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
This is a short story. Training can take many forms, from a good old-fashioned thumping to much worse treatment (that will leave you smiling).
Old Suits
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,770. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
In this short story, a writer and his friend travel to Pamplona for the running of the bulls, the friend's attempt to truly live just one more time.
Consuela
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
This is an intense short story from Nick Porter. Consuela goes about her morning chores on the farm she and her husband have shared and worked for better than 50 years. But this morning he seems to be sleeping longer than usual.
Quite a Thing
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,610. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
This is an intense short story, a tale of war. Along with your companions, you're entering a village to the sounds of fireworks, or maybe bullets. You feel tired, fatigued, decide to rest for a bit, as it turns out, alongside an old woman who reminds you of your mother.
Keep Calm & Carry On
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A sniper team is out to get the guy they've been hunting, and who's been hunting them, for several days. Who knew trout fishing on a wild river in the deep woods of America could have such an impact on an intense, deadly mission?
A Shiny Life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,800. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is a short story. An elderly woman is last seen on a soggy, dreary day by two of her neighbors who are playing checkers on a porch. Neither of the men ostensibly know her all that well. But maybe one knows her better than he lets on. A young family comes to town a few days later looking for the woman, and they're even less familiar with her than the men are.
At the Bus Station
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,730. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is a short story. A young couple arrive in a bus terminal. Both are nervous at their impending separation. We assume it's a sad time for both, but is it? Are they running from a problem, or merely solving it in a different way?
Bird Huntin'
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,170. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
This is a warm tale of friendship that takes a turn down a dark path.
Six Years in May
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,510. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
After the Inter-Arab War of 2139, there came The Purge. Now Jonathan Kirski, who believes his parents abandoned him, mines the mass graves in the Siberian fields for the bones of his ancestors, and the only clue he has to the truth are his recurring nightmares. In that frozen tundra, the bodies don't decay. The faces remain, staring, accusing.
The Oldest Debt
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
A literary psychological suspense short story. Euthanasia, morality, right, wrong... how do you repay the oldest debt? How can you make anyone understand that you have to pay? Everyone learns that what seemed important an hour ago really wasn't important at all.