Only a few more weeks until graduation! That means that RIM can get back to its regularly scheduled program. In the meantime, though, author Nate D. Burleigh decided to come keep me company.
E: Hello, Nate. Welcome to Erindipity. I bought some new refreshments to avoid any…unpleasantness. Would you care for some?
N: Sure, smells delish.
E: Your book is Sustenance. What inspired you to write it and when did it come out?
N: I’ll answer you in reverse. Rainstorm Press published Sustenance for the second time on March 31st 2012. So, been out over a year now. It was originally published in the UK by a now defunct publishing company. Prior to about 5 years ago, I’ve never really written anything or even thought I could be a writer. It wasn’t until I was coaxed into writing down a story I was telling my kids one night that I actually realized I might be good at it. The story went on to be my first published work and enticed me to pull out and dust off an old autobiographical journal I started about 13 years prior while working as a tech support specialist. That journal warped into Sustenance.
E: Can you tell us a little something about it?
N: Sustenance is a supernatural thriller set in the late 80s which follows 17-year old Coert as he battles the most notorious Succubus of all time, Lilith. Coert awakens a dormant gene during a fight with another student which leads to a visit from the shadows. This entity begins training Coert on how to gain sustenance by draining the energy of others to feed his insatiable hunger. While resistant to the change, Coert begins to realize that his teacher is also his savior and only chance to defeat Lilith. Sustenance draws in readers of every genre, satisfying their need, while offering a dynamic story of love, sacrifice and a twisted rite of passage.
E: What are you currently working on?
N: I’ve just finished my second novel Progeny‘s final edit and am waiting on the Art Work. While I’m waiting on that, I’ve been polishing up the manuscript for my third novel, The First. Both are supernatural thrillers. Progeny has a Sci-Fi component to it and The First is Horror. Also beginning to work on my Young Adult series, Elfen.
E: Who are your biggest influences?
N: The usual suspects, Double K’s (King, Koontze), Ann Rice, Laurel K. Hamilton, Tolkien.
E: Are you strictly a horror writer, or have you written in other genres?
N: I consider myself a Speculative Fiction Author who specializes in horror. My passion is the supernatural creatures. Not so much ghosts.
E: If any of your stories could be made into a film, which one would it be and who would you cast as the leads?
N: That’s a tough one. I’d like all of them to become movies, but Progeny has the big Summer blockbuster action. I’d cast Angelina Jolie as the mother and have to find a bunch of young unknowns for some of the kids. Would love the evil brothers to be played by some well known character actors. Maybe Ed Lauter, Tim Curry, and James Cromwell.
E: Any parting advice for people who are just starting out?
N: Keep to it. Remember, writing almost always has an audience. But you won’t find that audience unless you get your stuff out there for others to read. I recommend writing communities like FanStory.com. They are a great way to get your work critiqued.