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.