Interview with Nathan P Mercer

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Unfortunately, I had a younger brother who had an accident and passed away in 2007. When we went to remove his things from his house (he was single), we found the first chapter of a book he had started to write. He also had written a beautiful poem when he was in eighth grade. I wanted my brother to be "published", so I thought if I could write a book that would do his poem justice, we could both be published together.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that my book is something that might be able to motivate someone to accomplish their goals is a great feeling. If I can contribute, even in some small way, to making one person's life a little better - this would be worth every second I have put into this book.
How do you approach cover design?
I am extremely happy with my cover for "How the Tortoise Became Fast." I went to Shutterstock and purchased a picture that fit my book perfectly. It almost found me! When my 15 year old daughter told me she loved it - I knew I had a winner!
What do your fans mean to you?
Do I have "fans"? I am just an average Joe. I know what it means to work hard and often feel like there is little reward. I want to always be accessible to anyone who would call themselves a "fan" of anything I have written. That would truly be a humbling experience.
What are you working on next?
An illustrated children's book, and a series based on my book "How the Tortoise Became Fast."
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My mortgage.......
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually just by cruising the website and seeing something different that catches my eye.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Huge Pittsburgh Pirates fan, computer games, golf, and playing the game "Munchkin" with my kids!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My first "big-boy book" was "A Spell for Chameleon", the first book in the Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony. I think it now is over 30 books in the series! I have some catching up to do!
What is something "different" about you?
The number of different careers (or mini-careers) that I have had: Marine Corps Reserves, public school teacher, manager at an auto dealership, mortgage broker, back to the car business, buggy pusher at Target, and a skills development trainer. I guess I should add fledgling author to that list. I really need to figure out what I want to be when I grow up!
Published 2014-01-11.
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Books by This Author

Tommy the Tortoise's Wish for Speed
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,510. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Tommy the Tortoise always wanted to be fast like all of the other creatures in the forest. Wishing for it didn’t seem to be working. But then Tommy got the help of his Grandpa and some other forest friends. Tommy learned from them that taking action and having a plan can help those wishes become a reality. Join Tommy the Tortoise as he gets ready for his race against the hare!
How the Tortoise Became Fast: A Fable to Follow to Achieve Your Goals
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,340. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal success, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
Everyone knows that tortoise beat the hare in the race. Very few people know how the tortoise prepared for that moment. Join Tommy the Tortoise on his journey that transformed him into the "fastest" creature in the forest. The same process that works for tortoises has been proven effective for humans as well. Like any journey, you cannot get to where you want to go until you start.