My name is Nancy A. Nation and I write under the pen name of A. Nation
I’m retired, so I have lots of time to write. I used to run a screen print and embroidery business. When I did my first nanowrimo book, Where Did They Go? I thought about the story throughout September and October. I had it written all in my head when I started writing it on the computer in November. As a result, I wrote it in 11 days. Of course, I had it edited and published in December of 2015. I didn’t realize I could do that since I just began writing a few years before.
I currently produce 2-3 books a year. I’m one of those writers who can visualize in my mind what the characters are doing placed in certain locations. To me it’s like watching a movie screen and the characters are playing out their respective roles. I just write down what they are doing.
Something unique/unusual that isn't in your regular bio: “I have been married for 50 years to the same man. If I need to get something done, I research it, and do it. I’m at the point in my life that I can relax, travel, and write.”
Ally: What type of books do you write?
AN: My genres are science fiction, urban fantasy, and travel mysteries. Romance happens but isn’t the focus of my stories. It is implied.
Ally: Why did you write your featured novel?
AN: It was time to explore my darker side with my character and her fantasy friends. Taking off from my second book, The Pottery Sale, this is the fourth novel in the Urban Fantasy Mysteries. Here I introduce a love angle to my main character developed from the third book, The Cruise.
Ally: Describe what makes a good villain. What characteristics will make us love to hate him/her?
AN: Most of my villains are downright evil. They have insulted and hurt others. They are obsessive to the point of taking (or killing) what they think is theirs just for power. Since I said ‘most,’ I have a couple, due to circumstances they could’ve controlled, turned bad. Such as getting rid of witnesses, impulse actions, hit for hire, and covering up a lie. In my featured book, A Witch Comes a Haunting, she’s a magical witch who enjoys power over others and will destroy to get what she wants.
Ally: How did you get that first book or story published?
AN: I didn’t publish my first book for two years because I’m a snowbird and the writing class I attended is in Arizona. I learned everything I could until I was ready to end my story and the class showed me how to self-publish, get beta readers, an editor, and market on Facebook and Amazon. In other words, you need a group with a great tech that knows everything. Since then, I’ve published three books per year, started publishing on Barnes and Noble, Lulu, and updated my own webpage.
Ally: Do you use a professional editor? If not, what do you do to ensure a quality book?
AN: First, I read my draft over and edit to the best of my ability. Then, I use Grammarly and Prowriting aid, and send it to three to four of my excellent beta readers who know grammar and tenses. Then, I send it to my editor. She should be considered a professional but she’s not. She attended college and received a degree in creative writing. She’s extremely thorough, examines every sentence, and points out areas I never considered. I do pay her a small amount, but that is all she wants. While my betas and editor are working on my book, I reread and reread again. Most of the time I catch what my betas have discovered. After all is edited, I give my printed copy to another beta reader who is good at finding plot holes.
Ally: Why did you start writing? Why fiction? What keeps you writing?
AN: I chose fiction to create an alternate world that reflects reality. I have always been accused of having a vivid imagination. This way, I can do as I please. When you are dealing with non-fiction, you have to make sure all of your facts, people, and places are correct. I can do that to a certain extent in fiction without someone coming after me. Like I said, I’m retired. I have a lot of time on my hands and enjoy writing. Even when I’m traveling, I keep a diary to use as a notebook for my next book. What keeps me writing? When I see readers buying my books, giving me a good review, and asking me when the next one will come out.
Ally: What is your next writing project?
AN: To finish my next travel mystery coming out in the Spring of 2020, and another sci-fi the end of the Summer in 2020. After reading a real life drama occurring in my hometown, I might write a novella about that. All the short stories I attached to my newsletter will be compiled into another book. Then there is the outtake story….I’ll let you think about those for now.
Ally: Which quick answer questions did you pick to answer?
- a. favorite book: all of the Agatha Christie books
- b. favorite movie: Haven
- c. What comes to your first - character or plot? Mostly characters, as they drive to the plot.
- d. A guilty pleasure: chocolate
- e. favorite after five drink: Moscato
- f. If you couldn't write anymore, what would you want to do? Hire a writer.
- g. typical breakfast – boiled egg, fruit, and a slice of date nut bread
- h. favorite place to write – my office
A Witch Comes a Haunting
Genre: urban fantasy
Release Date: Sep 30, 2019
Springtime brings the usual rain, sun, snow and even hail to this small town in Idaho. The river is rising, spiders are hatching, and basements are flooding. But are they the result of normal Spring occurrences?
Strange deaths and a construction siege motivate Susan to hatch a plan to stop a witch from killing her friend and destroying her town.
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