Nicholas was born and currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an author of science fiction and fantasy. He graduated from St George's Grammar in 2014 and is in his first year at the University of Cape Town, studying Politics, Philosophy and Economic History.
Nicholas' first book, Fall of Zona Nox was published in 2013. He has also written a zombie-fiction called Cape Zero which was published in 2014.
Libertarianism, politics, philosophy and history all play a huge role in influencing Nicholas' work. He also writes non-fiction essays and articles for his blog and other websites.
Nicholas spends his time playing video games, reading, watching anime and complaining about the government.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up comfortably in a Cape Tonian middle-class English household. My family was highly religious prior to my birth, but has since become highly secular (sometimes scathing of religion). I try to be tolerant of other world views (well, most of them) but this sense of being anti-overbearing religion does enter into my work. My parents have always been somewhat liberal in their parenting, a fact which my sister and I jokingly suggest has lead to our conservative outlook on life. My background has had subtle influences on my writing, but I cannot claim any tragic upbringing or dark relations which have lead to my usually dark and depressing tone. If anything, I blame anime.
When did you first start writing?
I only began truly writing in earnest in 2009 when the limitations of a quest creating expansion to the now almost forgotten game 'Spore' left me wanting. I decided to place the world I created in book form and began writing what was supposed to be a stand alone military sci-fi about an unlikely thief who becomes a military hero. The idea evolved from there until it evolved to become what is hopefully a realistic and dark, but intriguing view of our future and that of the galaxy.
A gritty sci-fi set in an unforgiving world. Follow a young master thief as he is forced to survive alien invasion, gang warfare and corporate politics in a world in which moral fibre is as dry as its desert. A conflict in which will reveal the truth of not only the world he lives in, but himself.