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!


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.



Author Interview with Tahlia Newland, The Locksmith’s Secret

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We are delighted that Charla has chosen to interview Tahlia Newland who is the author of, The Locksmith’s Secret, our medallion honoree at indieBRAG. To be awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion ®, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, The Locksmith’s Secret, merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.




I had the immense pleasure of contacting author, Tahlia Newland, for an interview concerning her book The Locksmith’s Secret. Ms. Newland is based in Australia. – Charla
What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
The Locksmith’s Secret was planned as a sequel to Worlds Within Worlds. I wanted to finish the romance that I began in the first book and also to explore more of the same concepts—that of a person being made up of several strands of experience including past lives, imagination, dreams and spiritual experiences. I think I achieved this pretty well.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?
I’ve been told that my writing makes people feel as if they’re in the scene with the characters, but other than that, I guess it’s the metaphysical aspects of all my work. There is always some spiritual or mental level to my stories.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Getting the different strands to weave together so it feels like one story.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I love the ephemeral city—a vacant transparent city floating in space and existing only by the grace of the lines of light that draw it like a sketch. Ella spends most of her time there trying to get to the locksmith who is the only other soul in the whole city, and he’s several floors up in a building with no doors. The story thread, particularly the end, is a symbol of what is actually happening in her real life.

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?
There’s a strong emancipation theme in the book, and that’s just something that I’ve always been concerned about, and the idea of a person having many strands to their existence is also a subject that has fascinated me for years. So I guess these interests just came out in the book.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one, how do you balance them?
My books are all fantasy or magical realism with a touch of romance. I like these genres because they have lots of scope for powerful metaphysics.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
I’ve been an avid reader since I was a young child. I saw books as a doorway to worlds that I would never see any other way. Now I can share the worlds of my imagination with others.

How long have you been writing?
Since 2007. My first publication was in 2010.

What inspires you?
Ideas and mental images.

What do you like to read in your free time?
Fantasy and sci-fi and sometimes really good lit fiction or a cozy mystery.

What projects are you working on at the present?
My energy at the moment is going into a pod and video cast called Happiness Hints, which is on You Tube, Podbean, Stitcher and iTunes. I put out a show every week, so it’s taking all my writing time for the moment. If it doesn’t take off after a few months, I’ll go back to writing.

What do your plans for future projects include?
I have a steampunk book ¾ done (The Rise of the Aether Mages) and an adult fantasy romance in the works.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I never wanted to be a writer, it just happened when I got inspired for The Diamond Peak Series. Inspiration drove me to learn what I needed to learn in order to write well.

How do you find or make time to write?
I’m under-employed so I have plenty of time. When I’m in the midst of a project I get up early and write before the day gets going.

What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has?
Is mind really that powerful? The answer is ‘yes.’

What book would you like to write but haven’t or can’t yet?
I would like to finish Captive, which is the fantasy romance I mentioned above, but it’s a tricky one because the protagonist is taken for a ‘personal’ slave, so it’s a subject matter that needs to be handled carefully. The theme of the book is that real freedom comes from mental freedom. I’ve written two drafts, but haven’t felt ready to finish it yet. It needs a time when I can really focus on it.


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