Interview with Nathaniel Sewell

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love my other professional career, professional liability insurance. I have spent 20 plus years primarily in medical malpractice insurance underwriting and brokerage. I think every day is a bit different, and is never dull. And from my work experience I developed an interest in the science behind bioengineering, genetics and quantum physics. After I read several articles about the effect of life trauma on the human bodies gene expression, I was all in, and I continue to learn about new discoveries. My guilty pleasure is watching Ancient Aliens, but my favorite television show is Through the Wormhole.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read books based on the author, and recommendations from friends. I rarely read reviews. And I tend not to read other fiction because I don't want to absorb other writing styles and ideas. So, read historical novels, memoirs and the like.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't, I do remember telling a friend of mine I like to write. He told me that most famous writers are DEAD. I guess that's why I studied Finance and Economics, and my professional career has been in the medical malpractice insurance niche.
What is your writing process?
I write something everyday. If I am into a novel, I'll get up at 4 am and write for 3 hours, and then go to my other work. I don't think either as a 'job', but careers I enjoy. I also tend to think Hemingway's recommendation to stop writing, even if you have more to give, so the story will continue to emerge from you subconscious. I've never had a writing block moment, but I do worry about my terrible grammar.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember that had an immediate impact was Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I think an author should write with a purpose, and not waste time with 'bubble gum for the mind'.
How do you approach cover design?
It has to tell about the story. I am quite aware the Bobby's Socks cover might scare people away, but if they realize what the story is about, they might read the book, but at least they are prepared for the content. The cover for Fishing for Light, being a satire, I thought an innocent baby, with arms open would express the main character Eddie Wilcox and I added 'a Satire', to provide the potential reader the book theme and intention. I think it is about respecting the reader.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean. It is a simple, straight at you story about people and why we all have a different journey. In part, Fishing for Light, comes from this books influence, as in seeking or fishing for your purpose, to find meaning and understanding your destiny.
Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Both novels altered my thinking, and allowed me to dream, and think at depth.
Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut, it was quite political, and opened my mind to the possibility that I might write. I was given the novel at a class for underachievers my high school guidance counselor had recommended for a summer class. I guess my teachers could not figure me out, but thought I had the potential to do something other than stare at fire.
Death in the Afternoon, by Ernest Hemingway. It is a raw, simply written non-fiction work that 'stuck' with me. I think a good book should 'stick in your gut', and cause the reader to wonder about the characters.
What do you read for pleasure?
Grammar books by Constance Hale, her book, Sin and Syntax, is written in a conversation tone, and gave me the confidence that I could actually write a novel, and not worry about my grammar. I read anything by Malcolm Gladwell, David McCullough and Erik Larson.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle. I'd love to try other modern conveniences, but that take money, I am careful about spending money.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The folks at Standoutbooks.com have helped me with their online, digital marketing plan. I think it is really tough to get media attention and help with book sales because there is a mountain of content out there, it is like screaming into a hurricane.

I think it is vital that an author be well prepared with a solid book, air tight story and respect the newspaper, radio or television show. After all they have a product driven by ratings, and then advertising revenue, so you better add to their business if you want them to help your business.
Describe your desk
My desk is a cherry veneered, tempered glass covered piece of hand crafted art. Behind me is the matching credenza and hutch. It is typically a mess, with random paper, bills, and notes scattered into various piles, but I know where everything is placed, as in like my wacky brain, it is full of interconnected neurons that combined seem to be able to let this carbon based life form exist.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Lexington, Kentucky - I wrote about why I use a pen name, non de plume (if you want to be fancy) - Nathaniel Sewell. At my author website, nathanielsewell.com.
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Growing up, I rarely told my friends about them. I didn’t think they would understand, you see, the city of Lexington, Kentucky would make for a perfect setting for a daytime soap opera. “Genoa City, it ain’t got nothin’ on us!” I mean you have all the major vices, tobacco, bourbon, horses, gambling, lots of wealth, a litany of ‘wanna be’, within the back loop of the Bible belt. And sprinkle in the fact I grew up a Southern Baptist, and my grandfather had a thriving Brethren Missionary ministry. And I have several familial sugar plums I could add to this complicated history, but I think you’ll get the point I am making. (I guess it might make for an interesting novel, hmm, hmm?)
Published 2014-01-28.
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Books by This Author

Fishing for Light
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 107,690. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
How do you take your coffee? Ms Prosperina is a genetic monster trying to take over the world by spiking the coffee at her Starry Eyed Coffee Hut chain … and she’ll stop at nothing. It’s up to her unwitting creator, the geneticist Professor Quan, to stop her. In an attempt to correct his mistake, Professor Quan creates a network of people with the power of true love genetically coded within them.