I am a father, husband, musician, chef, soldier, dreamer, and geek. Oh, and I write stuff too!
Your debut novel, Veiled Empire, is published by Voyager. It looks pretty interesting: How would you introduce it to a potential reader? Is it part of a series?
I’d say it’s got a decent blend of classic and modern styles, both in tone and content, and is packed with action. It is part of a (forthcoming) series, but it can also be read as a standalone.
What inspired you to write the novel and series? And where do you draw your inspiration from in general?
Inspiration is such a tricky thing, because it can come from anywhere. Veiled Empire began as a (terrible) short story I wrote ages ago, but the characters and world stuck with me, and I eventually decided to form them into a novel.
How were you introduced to genre fiction?
Narnia, probably, followed shortly thereafter by Lord of the Rings. I honestly don’t remember a time I wasn’t knee deep in fantasy or sci-fi of some kind.
How do you like being a writer and working within the publishing industry?
I’ve always loved telling stories, so this is kind of a lifelong dream of mine. I feel so blessed to have stumbled into the good graces of my phenomenal agent and editor.
Do you have any specific working, writing, researching practices?
I outline. Extensively. I tried “pantsing” it for the longest time and always wrote myself into corners. Once I got a firm grasp on story structure, I was able to finish my first book. And then my second shortly after.
When did you realize you wanted to be an author, and what was your first foray into writing? Do you still look back on it fondly?
I’ve been writing stories since I my age was in the single digits. My first major attempt at writing came when I was nine or ten. It was a military sci-fi story about an elite group of warriors fighting an endless war against sub-human clones. Never finished it, but it was good practice nonetheless.
What’s your opinion of the genre today, and where do you see your work fitting into it?
It’s more diverse than ever, which is a good thing. Not everyone likes the same thing out of a book, so with the wide array of options available more and more people are giving speculative fiction a try. I think I’m lucky in that Veiled Empire has the potential to appeal to both old and new fans of fantasy.
Do you have any other projects in the pipeline, and what are you working on at the moment?
Right now, I’m about 75% done with the first draft of Shadow Of The Void, the direct sequel to Veiled Empire and the middle book of the forthcoming trilogy.
The Curse Of The Mistwraith by Janny Wurts. So good it hurts.
What’s something readers might be surprised to learn about you?
I hate cherries with a passion. (Sorry cherry lovers!)
What are you most looking forward to in the next twelve months?
Seeing my next book on the shelves, and getting started writing another!
Veiled Empire is published by Voyager Impulse, and is out now. Here’s the synopsis:
The Empire is Shrouded, not only by the barrier that covers the land, but by the lies and oppression of the mierothi regime. Magic is the privilege of the elite, and the people of this shadowed country have forgotten what it means to hope under their rule.
But there are some who would resist, with plans put into motion millennia before. For returned to the Empire is a valynkar, servant of the god of light, and with him come the strength and cunning that could tip the scales to end the Emperor’s reign. He has gathered a group of heroes ready to ignite the flame of rebellion and fight against the dark power that has ruled for nearly two thousand years. A power that has champions of its own.
Nathan Garrison’s Veiled Empire throws a mythical land into chaos, with races long thought forgotten, and magics only just discovered. Steel and sorcery clash as brave souls vie for freedom and control in this astonishing debut novel.