Today we visit with Nick Giannaras, a chiropractor by profession who somehow, between his work and several hobbies, manages to find time to write Young Adult novels. The first two books in his Relics of Nanthara series are available from MuseIt Up Publishing and the third is expected to be released soon.
Let’s hear about it from Nick himself:
Q. How long have you been writing?
A. I’ve been writing actively for five years.
Q. When did you feel called to write?
A. When a lady spoke into my life, saying that there were untapped talents that needed to be revealed. I haven’t stopped since.
Q. Where do you get your ideas for your stories?
A. My first novel actually came from an old Dungeons & Dragons game I ran years ago. The rest come in various ways: a title, a song, a movie, a verbal idea from my kids, and pure imagination.
Q. What are your thoughts on critique groups?
A. They are good ideas and can be very helpful, since they hold a plethora of skilled people who can contribute in many ways.
Q. Was it hard to develop a writing style?
A. Nope. When I type, it flows as it is given to me.
Q. Who is your favorite author?
A. I don’t have a favorite, but I do own multiple books from Dennis L. McKiernan, Graham Taylor, and Donita K. Paul.
Q. Have you dealt with writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?
A. Hmmm, the main way I deal with it is I sit down with my wife and verbally discuss the story up to the sticking point. On many occasions she has come up with an idea or a tidbit that sparks new ideas for the story to continue. Gotta love her!
A. Yes. In my trilogy, Relics of Nanthara, I’ve found several of my traits in more than one character. Odd that it played out like that, but I try to spread the love.
Q. Were there any scenes you found difficult to write? Made you angry or made you cry?
A. There wasn’t anything too difficult to write. Although the scene of the alliance fleeing Annotin after their confrontation was a bit unnerving as I pictured myself in the scene.
Q. Do you use outlines or let the story develop on its own?
A. I’ve done both. Most of the time, it flows on its own.
Q. What do you want your readers to take from your book(s)?
A. I want their hearts touched by what the characters experience nto the point of wanting to change their own lives for the better. Although it is YA, I try not to sugarcoat the stories, and I am not afraid to portray real world strife and horror in my stories. It’s not hidden from the kids today, so why hide the truth in words?
Q. Can you share any upcoming projects with us?
A. Currently, I am finishing up Relics of Nanthara: Dawn of the Apocalypse, Book 3 in the trilogy, and I have several other projects in the works at various stages of completion. One is a Sci-Fi superhero, The Nuclear Fist Chronicles; three take place in Nanthara, The Onyx Tomes (taking place 30 years after the trilogy); Sons of the Trident (most likely a trilogy); and We Came To Die (a mercenary seeking revenge after being left for dead). I also have a historical fiction, Enemy Within The Ranks.
Q. With a full schedule, how do you find time to write?
A. I write in between patients, at home during quiet times, and when the kids are in bed. Even when we go out of town, the laptop is with me.
Q. When creating a character, where do you begin? Do you give them a background even if it may never be mentioned in the storyline?
A. The name usually comes out first with an image of the character in my head. The background usually comes later.
A. Don’t write for money. If God is part of your life, write for Him. That is, write with a purpose, a message. Bless God in your work, and watch what He’ll do for you. I’ve seen it in my practice and in all things I do, and I’ve never been sorry.
Q. Where can readers find your books and contact information?
A. For The Relics of Nanthara trilogy, my website is relicsofnanthara.weebly.com. Once the others show, I will either create a separate site or link them.
Q. Do you spend time in prayer before you write or begin a project?
A. Most of the time, I actually wear a prayer shawl when I write. And I do pray at times, asking God what he has for me or perhaps a direction to take.
Q. What is your writing routine? Do you need peace and quiet, soft music, or does it matter?
A. I prefer quiet with music relating to the genre/story I’m writing about playing softly in the background. It helps get the juices flowing.
Thank you, Nick, for joining us today!