The Last Revenge
Book 2 in The Last Hero Trilogy
Published by Solstice Publishing
Young: Hi Nathaniel, tell us about your latest book? And can you give us a teaser?
Nathaniel Danes (N.D.): Book 2, The Last Revenge, in my Sci-Fi series, The Last Hero Trilogy just came out on April 30.
In this installment the main character dives deeper into the lesser regions of his soul as he wages a new breed of war on those responsible for taking his family away from him. There’s massive space and land battles and lots of emotion.
Young: What other books/short stories have you written?
N.D.: Right now my only other book out there is the first book in the series, The Last Hero. It came out in October of last year and has been getting great reviews.
I’ve written the first two books in another Sci-Fi series but I’m holding off on them until my current series is concluded.
Young: Do you publish in e-book, print, or both?
N.D.: My main focus is the ebook market but my novels do have a print option via print-on-demand.
Young: Where can readers find your books?
N.D.: I’m exclusively on Kindle right now and am part of the Kindle Unlimited program.
Young: What do you think are the biggest challenges for the type of writing that you do?
N.D.: My series falls in the military sub-genre of Sci-Fi, which can be difficult because many of my readers have actual military experience. They can be unforgiving in how combat situations are written. Thankfully, my editors are vets and they make sure I’m in line with what my readers expect.
Young: How did you get started in writing?
N.D.: I’ve always had an overactive imagination and wanted to share them but I’m also dyslexic so my writing skills lagged far behind. College, grad school, and a day job that demands a lot of writing sharpened by skills over the years. Now I can finely start to share my universes.
Young: Where and How can readers get in touch with you?
N.D.: The best way it through my gmail account, email@example.com. Twitter is also good at @NathanielDanes.
Young: So with your latest work released/or being released, what comes next? What can we expect from you in the future?
N.D.: Now that book 2 in the trilogy was released on April 30, I’m working hard to get the final instalment out by December or January, The Last Stand of the 1st Legion.
Young: How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
N.D.: My experience as a father is what gives my novels their heart. I love my wife, parents, God, country but I wasn’t prepared for the gut punch of raw emotion I got when I held my daughter for the first time. Her entrance into the world added depth to my writing. Without her, my books would just be another shoot ‘em space adventure.
Young: Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
N.D.: I try to keep a schedule but between life, work, and parenthood, I have to just go with the flow and get done what I can when I can.
Young: What is your routine once you start writing a book?
N.D.: I begin with a general premise in my head and just start writing to let the story develop on the fly. It’s more fun that way for me because I don’t even know how things are going to exactly play out.
Young: What about you in general? What is it that makes you tick? Makes you you? Things you like to do and what prompted you into writing?
N.D.: I’m losing my sight to a genetic disorder and I use my imagination as an escape. It’s relaxing to dream of worlds where I don’t have any limitations. My condition also prevented me from pursuing the military I always wanted. My writing is a way for me to explore what could have been ifI was born in another time, when my eyes could’ve been fixed from the start.
Young: Among your own books, have you a favourite book? Favourite Hero or Heroine?
N.D.: The first novel in the series, The Last Hero, because the character based on my daughter plays a big part in the plot.
Young: Where do you see yourself in five years?
N.D.: Best selling New York Times author wouldn’t hurt. Hey, a man has to have dreams right?
Young: What kind of research do you when writing one of your works?
N.D.: With my writing I generally have to research theoretical physics and military history.
Young: What does your significant other think of your writing?
N.D.: She’s not a SciFi fan. I’m not sure she knows the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars. With that said, she appreciates the emotion of my writing and where it come from.
Young: Do you ever ask them for advice or ideas to go into your works?
N.D.: Can’t say I do. Its just really not her cup of tea.
Young: Have you ever experienced Writer's Block? If so how did you work through it?
N.D.: Certainly. I find the best way to deal with it is to put the book down and do something else. Sometimes you have to let inspiration come to you. Having a few drinks and just writing through the problem can work to. I recommend you go back through those scenes before getting to far away from them though.
Young: Who are some of your favourite authors to read?
N.D.: Jay Allan, B.V. Larson, and Vaughn Heppner are a few of the SciFi authors I’ve been reading a lot these pasted years. They’ve got great imaginations.
Young: Anything else you'd like to tell our readers?
N.D.: Thank you! There are a LOT of books out there and it’s a great honor when someone chooses to read something I’ve written.
Young: Lastly do you have any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
N.D.: Just to keep writing and to write something you’d want to read yourself. Don’t force something to fit a current trend.
The Last Revenge
Book two of The Last Hero trilogy
Blood demands blood.
Driven by grief to the darkest recesses of his soul, Trent Maxwell lives and fights for one reason, revenge.
As hidden agendas plot, Trent embarks on an unholy quest to marshal the forces he needs to exact the heavy toll his broken heart demands.
The largest fleets and armies ever assembled in space collide. A river of blood soaks the galaxy, but when is enough, enough?
He tried hiding his pain with a grim look of determination draped across his face. It was good enough to fool most people, but not Amanda. In her eyes he saw she understood that the veneer of bravado concealed a mountain of pain.
She wrapped her arms around him, the soft embrace eased his aching soul.
“I’m sorry,” he said.
She pulled back, keeping ahold of his shoulders. “Whatever for?”
He took her face into his hands. “You deserve better.” Her brown almond-shaped eyes gazed back at him. “You deserve to have a life, a real life of your own. Back on Earth’s Fist, I said our war was over, that we could settle down. Things have changed, though. I can’t quit the fight and I don’t know when I’ll be able to. You should…”
She pulled his hand down, gripping them hard. “Stop. Don’t say it. You have nothing to apologize to me for. I’m not going anywhere. You’re my family now, my life. If you can’t quit the fight, then I can’t quit the fight.”
Nathaniel Danes is a self-diagnosed sci-fi junkie and, according to his wife, has an over active imagination. Mostly blind, he writes to create universes where he has no limitations. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Washington, DC area.