Interview with Nathan McGrath

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been a storyteller, writing and telling stories. In high school I volunteered to help in prechool and schools and improvised stories to groups of children. I filled textbooks with stories and stretched homework out into stories
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is great. One place to distribute my books to all ebook stores. What's not to love?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Throwing my characters into different situations and seeing how they deal with it. Unexpected dialogue and interactions between them. I also enjoy researching bits of detail I would never think of in my everyday life. For example this morning I was researching whether goats and chickens could share the same space. Last week I was researching the background that shaped Bram Stokers writing of Dracula - not the Myth side but Bram Stokers life at the time he wrote it.
What do your fans mean to you?
I value my fan's feedback, it makes a big difference to my stories
What are you working on next?
I'm working on 'Vampires. A Rough Guide' A sequel to Magic. A Rough Guide'
Who are your favorite authors?
my favourite authors are Kim Stanley-Robinson, Ursula LeGuin, Steve Englehart, Jim Starlin, Stephen King.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Nothing inspires me to get out of bed, it just happens involuntarily. I'm not a lie in bed person
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I walk the dogs and cook.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover books to read in the course of my research
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first long story I wrote was of a guy called Ray Fantasy and a group of three friends. Ray could fly and he could turn inanimate objects into flowers, plants or trees. I know, weird, but I was only 12-13
What is your writing process?
I get up in the morning, walk the dogs then have breakfast. During this time I go over the story in my mind; elaborating and/or filling in gaps in the storyline. I don't think about how the characters are going to deal with the challenges, obstacles or situations, I leave that to unfold as I write. The way they deal with it can open up new and unexpected plotlines I then have to figure out how to deal with. So writing is a relationship with the characters.
Published 2017-11-01.
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Books by This Author

Magic. A Rough Guide
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 82,590. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Urban
Creative power in the hands of ordinary people was never going to go down well with Government, corporations or Religion - that's why magic was made a terrorist offence. Bad decision. When Lizzy escapes from a prison laboratory for magicians and her powers begin to return, she decides to fight back and free the other girls - unaware that a darker ancient evil, is at play
Lightning Seed
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 72,090. Language: British English. Published: October 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Earth is icebound. Millions have perished. In the remains of a lawless America, The Followers, an extremist alliance, believe they can fix the weather and save the world - but at a deadly cost. With all communications down, a veteran and a teen with amnesia set out to stop them. Gripping, Sci-Fi action from the Author of Nanopunk. "the action takes your breath away"
Nanopunk
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 86,360. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In a dystopian world recovering from the Big Freeze, Alister accidentally absorbs nanobots that give him phenomenal hacking abilities. When he inadvertently links to the world's most powerful supercomputer It's not long before an international gang of cyber-activists, find out and try to recruit him. Then Secret Services, and a ruthless Private Military Corporation go after him - dead or alive.