Interview with Author, Nicholas Sansbury Smith

The following is an interview done with Nicholas Sansbury Smith, author of the Extinction Series, Hell Divers Series, Trackers Series and ORBS.

Smith is an excellent author, one I have followed for a while starting with the Extinction Series.  I cannot speak highly enough of Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s creativity and his genuine ability to mesmerize the reader/listener while effectively inducing horror with each word.  What makes his series so captivating and horrifying is the realness of an EMP attack and the likely consequences – he blends and molds his stories so expertly that one cannot distinguish between reality or fiction!  Check out his books on Amazon and Audible.com!

 

What were your goals and intentions in this series of books, and how well do you feel you achieved them?  

I always say that I write Post-Apocalyptic fiction for 2 reasons. 1. Entertainment. 2. As a warning that if we’re not careful we could lose everything. I think my stories do a little bit of both.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

Survival and action. My characters are always facing challenges that we would face in a post-apocalyptic event. Action is a significant part of my stories because these challenges would require characters to fight for survival.

What was the hardest part of writing these books?

Coming up with unique angles. There is so much PA fiction out there right now it’s difficult to find something new and even harder to determine whether readers would enjoy the new angle.

What did you enjoy most about writing these books?

The fact people are reading them. I still wake up almost every day thinking I’m living in a dream. I never thought people would enjoy my books and I’m very grateful to my readers for giving my work a chance.

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your books?

I worked for Homeland Security and Emergency Management when I wrote my first post-apocalyptic novel, a genre I’ve always loved. My background in disaster management and mitigation really helped me write with experience. I think that has given me an advantage in this genre.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing. Even when I was a little kid I was coming up with these crazy stories in my mind and putting them on paper through words or art. My mom said I was born with an active imagination. Writing provides an outlet to get those ideas out of my mind and to share them with the reader.

How long have you been writing?

Professionally, for six years, but I’ve been writing since I started reading.

What inspires you?

I just love sharing my stories with readers. That’s the biggest inspiration, coming up with new ideas excites me more than anything, and anticipating what readers will think of my stories is great motivation.

What do you like to read in your free time?

I read what I write—post-apocalyptic fiction, but I also enjoy historical fiction like Killing Rommel by Steven Pressfield, or his Tides of War, and Gates of Fire.

What projects are you working on at the present?

A secret project, more Hell Divers, and an Extinction Cycle spin-off. Might be doing a Trackers spin-off soon too, and I have two new series coming out in 2019-2020.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I always dreamed of making a career of this but I didn’t think it was possible until I found Kindle Direct Publishing. That’s when I got serious about writing and turning this into a full-time gig. Since 2013 I’ve published over 20 books and have a small press.

What question do you wish that someone would ask about your books, but nobody has?

Good question—I’m not sure. I’ll leave that to the reader to figure out. : )

The four series you have now for readers/listeners do you plan to stay with this genre or are you looking into another genre?

I’m definitely sticking with post-apocalyptic fiction for now.

Do you have a pseudonym?

Nope. Nicholas Sansbury Smith is my legal name and I used my middle name to help stand out a bit since there are so many Nick Smith’s out there.

 

 

Interview with Barbara Underwood, Author of the Rhuna Series

Interview with Barbara Underwood

 

What were your goals and intentions in this series of books, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
My goal was to present information and theories about “Ancient Mysteries” such as Atlantis and the building of pyramids and other megaliths all over the world in an enjoyable fictional setting.  It was also my intention to include social issues that have shaped mankind’s past and continue to confront people in our day.

So far, at the completion of the fourth book in the series, I am pleasantly surprised to see how well the series is developing and that it encompasses many subjects that I wanted to share with my readers.

What are some of the references that you used while researching these books?

My interest in ancient mysteries began after reading Thor Heyerdahl’s books about his discoveries of megaliths on Pacific islands, and how they appear to be connected to megaliths in the Americas and other continents.  From then on, I read countless books on the subject, tending more and more into the New Age and esoteric/occult area, where fascinating theories began to spark my imagination.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

The easy-to-read style and viewpoint from the main character, Rhuna, even though it is written in the third person.  Readers see the world through her eyes, and relate to her because she her thoughts and feelings are clearly expressed.

What was the hardest part of writing these books?

Keeping track of each character, especially as the series developed and more characters were added.  Intertwining each character’s goals or actions with the main plot and subplots is also challenging.

What did you enjoy most about writing these books?

Letting the characters develop themselves, once personality and their circumstances were established.

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your books?
As mentioned above, reading Thor Heyerdahl’s books sparked my interest in the subject of ancient civilizations and how many things are still unexplained by conventional history and science.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

Perhaps from my father, who could express himself better with the written word than speaking face to face.  He also read books to me as a child, but other than that, I can’t think of any particular thing or person that inspired me to write.  It was something I just enjoyed doing since early school days.
How long have you been writing?

Since early school days.  Writing something for a school project in 5th or 6th grade wasn’t enough, so I began to write about things in my spare time.  Later, I began writing letters to penpals all over the world, and as an adult I became involved in various things which allowed me to write newsletters or reviews, while still writing accounts of my travels or other experiences to share with penpals.

What inspires you?

The mysteries of ancient civilizations and the concepts found in New Age and esoteric works:  it makes me want to write about the fabulous wonders of the world in which we live.

What do you like to read in your free time?

Currently, I enjoy reading the two series by Charles Todd, namely Inspector Rutledge and Bess Crawford mysteries set in the WW! period; The Pendergast series by Preston and Charles, the gaslight mysteries by Victoria Thompson, all books by Sarah Rayne, and the Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton.

What projects are you working on at the present?
I’ve just finished the fourth book in the Rhuna series, and I’m preparing ideas for the fifth book, as well as one or two short stories, also featuring Rhuna.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

It crossed my mind several times during school days, but I took serious steps towards it in my mid-twenties when I began a correspondence course in professional writing.

What question do you wish that someone would ask about your books, but nobody has?

How much of myself and my own life experiences do I put into my stories.  The answer is quite a lot!

 

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