Nancy A. Nation, pen name: A. Nation
Eight books in the Domino Series:
Similar, But Not the Same - Deflection, A Race Against Time - Crossroads, A Moment of Decision - Found, The Lost Ones - Return, There’s Never an Easy Way -
Desert Shock, Secrets Never Stay Hidden - Fatal Error, Death by Innocence -
(soon) The Eye of the Matrix
Three books in Urban Fantasy series: Where Did They Go? The Pottery Sale and
Why did I pick the name, Domino? Because events just happen one after the other.
Bio: I used to be a Screen printer/Embroiderer and graduated with a BA in Computer
Information Systems. I never used that degree except in creating my own website.
When my husband and I retired, we started traveling between Arizona and Idaho.
In 2011 in Arizona, I found a writing club in the library. By 2013 I self-published the first
book, Similar But Not the Same, a science fiction story set 300 years from now. That
covers the years of developing living space on Mars and the Moon, onto our settlement,
development, and first contact in space.
I have always been an avid reader and loved reading stories from Asimov and Christie
covering science fiction and mysteries, so that became my genre.
I never wrote anything except essays and insurance letters. I always wanted to write
but life and work got in the way. I've always been accused of having a vivid imagination.
Now I'm putting it to good use.
When I first heard about Nanowrimo, I didn’t want to participate because I was afraid
writing it in such a constraint would be too stressful. After much urging from my writing
club, I planned the story out with one word scenes that would later become my chapters
in Where Did They Go? This was the easiest thing I have ever done. I did it in 11 days!
I have wrote so much with my new gained knowledge, that I have published almost eleven
novels in six years. Right now, I won't do traditional publishing just because it takes way
too long to get back to me. You see, I’m 70 and I have to write as much as I can.
Planning: Yes, I am a planner to the extent of capturing an idea that may have occurred in
the newspaper or in my head to extend my series or right now I’m using my current work,
The Eye of the Matrix to start off another series in the young adult sci-fi genre.
I take a slice of real life or non-fiction and weave a story around it. Fatal Error is a prime
example. Do I design my own covers? Yes. I could never find one that CS had that was
about my stories. I use Coreldraw which is something like photoshop.
How long does it take me to write a 70,000+ word book? On the average 2-3 months. Nano
of course, is one month or less. I have learned how to do my own formatting from the
writing club and reuse the template for my next book. I use third person in my sci-fi books,
and first person in my urban fantasy stories. Why? Nano is easier to write in 1st person.
What do I hate about writing? The wait to edit and to hear back from my beta readers. I don’t
mind the editing itself as I use Grammarly and ProWriting Aid, the free ones. I'd like to
have more beta readers. It's a long process to acquire them. Finally I found a real good
one in my writing club. My sister and another friend always find different things for me.
The thing I love about writing is to be able to put my thoughts immediately on paper or the
screen. My father always complained he had learned so much but didn’t know how to
pass that knowledge on. I wish he were still alive and we could write his books together.
Playlists. I don’t do Youtube but on my website, I have recorded excepts for each book
you can download. I haven't got into doing audio yet.
Superpower: When I was young, I wished I could fly so I wouldn’t have to fight traffic. I
almost died of a heart attack ten years ago, so I guess my superpower would be to
stay alive long enough to finish my novels.
My favorite book is Deflection. My MC is a strong Navajo police detective. In this story he
meets one of the younger aliens for the first time while he is in pursuit of the killer(s).
I’m not much of a steamy romance writer but in this story it comes close with the woman
he saves from a rich boyfriend. He’s quiet unless there is something important to say.
he’s smart and willing to take chances in his job to make the world right.
Favorite Food: As long as there is chocolate, I hope I can eat that for the rest of my life. When I was younger
many people kept saying it was bad for me. Now, the science community says its good for you. So there.
My favorite animal used to be horses until I met my first toy poodle. I have had three since
that one and write about one in my urban fantasies. I wrote cats and dogs that speak to
each other in my Domino sci-fi series. Another author did that and I found it enjoyable
to read the animal's perspective. I recently wrote a short prequel to my first book entitled
A Cat on Mars.
Favorite Song: I used to like Good Morning Starshine from Hair. It’s a good uplifting tune to think about
when I walk in the morning. Unfortunately, I don’t listen to a lot of music nowadays. I
like it quiet when I write.
What's Next? Lots of room between Fatal Error and The Eye of the Matrix (10 years) and
after The Cruise, and after The Eye of the Matrix. You won't be disappointed.
Facebook Links: A. Nation Books: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorANation/
A. Nation Author: https://www.facebook.com/AnationWriter/
Webpage: http://anationauthor.com/ There are 5 free short story downloads
Blogs: https://bloggingwrites.weebly.com/ and https://anationbooks.wordpress.com/
Book Links: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ANation
My book Amazon kindle links for each book can be found either in my author page or here.
You can find the links to the other book links above. If readers would give me more reviews
I'd appreciate it.
Cat on Mars - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075TLQ8XC
Similar - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RNM62YQ
Deflection - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PD8LW56
Crossroads - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E9N6FPW
Found - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015Y0OS1M
Return - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EP2C47U
Desert Shock - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZ43IQU
Fatal Error - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073Q86NSM
Eye of the Matrix - Release in January
Where - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019S493BU
Pottery - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N49IECN
Cruise - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077YYJT66