My second post today is a Meet the Author interview with Nathan Snow. We’re discussing being sensible if he won the lottery, which charities he’d donate to and why, fantastic advice for any debut authors and his debut novel, You’ll Be Back released Feb 2020……
Tell us a bit about yourself:
Fast approaching 39 years old, from Manchester. Been writing fiction for about 25 years, debut novel ‘You’ll Be Back’ released Feb 2020.
What inspired you to start writing and where do you get your ideas?
I have always loved writing stories, I wrote my first story for fun when I was 14. I studied Creative Writing for four years in my twenties and it was just the most natural thing in the world for me. I try to build a likeable central character and then build a situation for that character. Given that my books are supposed to be true to life rather than sci-fi for example, I like to put the character in a situation that would be possible.
How long does it take you to write a book?
You’ll Be Back took two years. I’m not sure how long the next one will take, the pandemic has had a huge impact on pretty much every indie author I know.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
A radio DJ, my parents didn’t want me to do it though. When researching the book, I found out that nowadays it is less secure than ever, so I wanted to reflect that in Nick’s story.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I still work full time, I’m an instructional designer. I’ve worked in retail, call centres and been a PA.
Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
My life outside of writing tends to resolve around motorsport and music. I’ve just bought a house that needs a fair amount of work but I wouldn’t call working on that something that I enjoy.
Name one book you think everyone should read and tell us why?
The 86 Fix by Keith A Pearson. It was the book that made me want to write a time travel book (which my next book will be) and it’s an added bonus that Keith is a really great guy.
You win a million pounds – you give half to charity. Which charity do you pick and why? What would you do with the rest of the money?
Can I choose two? If so, one would be a local hospice that I fundraise for, it was where my father in law was treated when he was alive. The other would be Epilepsy UK as I lost my sister to Epilepsy 4 1/2 years ago.
The rest of the money? Well that’s quite straightforward, if a little too sensible. Pay off my mortgage, get the work finished on the house, go on a really great holiday and pay for one for my parents as well. Buy a newer car and then stick the rest of the money in the bank. I wish I could say I would do something more interesting but I’m way too sensible for that.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you (that you’re willing to share?!)
The one thing that springs to mind was when I was in the town centre with my wife. A random small child came up to me and was shouting “Daddy!” His mother just walked away with him nonchalantly.
Do you feel it’s more important to have a) strong characters b) a mind-blowing plot or c) amazing settings?
Characters, a book can be set in the most mundane place but you want to have characters your readers care about.
What is your favourite genre to read and why?
I don’t like to pin myself down to one genre, I’m currently going between time travel, crime and travel.
As a debut author, you wrote your book alongside a day job. What advice would you give to an aspiring author wanting to do the same?
I would sit them down and tell them three things:
Don’t go into writing expecting to earn a fortune. Actually, scrub that. Don’t go into writing expecting to earn a profit. Treat every sale like a success.
Take your time and enjoy it. If your debut novel takes a few years, that is totally fine. You won’t want to write every day, nor will life allow you to. Be realistic with yourself. Enjoy writing and enjoy developing your social media presence
Reviews are great, but don’t expect every sale to yield a review, and don’t expect every review to be positive. Make sure you have a thick skin and keep yourself grounded.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
You’ll Be Back is the story of Nick. He moved to London for his girlfriend Nat’s career. She cheats on him and he moves back to Manchester. He then has a school reunion and a wedding, all alongside writing his latest novel.
You can find You’ll be Back on Amazon.
final words from chelle…
Thanks so much for your interview Nathan. I’m so glad I can support indie authors too, as it must be tough starting out! Hopefully this pandemic won’t have too much of an impact on your next novel, and you can use the time to write. I love the story of the kid running up to you shouting ‘Daddy’ – must have been a heart stopping moment!!
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Enjoy your Saturday!