Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the bestselling author of the Orbs and Extinction Cycle series. He worked for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management in disaster mitigation before switching careers to focus on his one true passion–writing. A three-time Kindle All-Star, several of Smith’s titles have reached the top 50 on the overall Kindle bestseller list and as high as #1 in the Audible store. Hell Divers, the first book in his new trilogy, will release in July 2016. When he isn’t writing or daydreaming about the apocalypse, he’s training for triathlons or traveling the world. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa, with his dog and a house full of books.
Why did you decide to become a writer?
I don’t know how I really decided to become a writer. It kind of just happened. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but never thought it was possible until I wrote Orbs. I self-published the book with minimal expectations and the next thing I know it went viral. I signed with a literary agent, and a publisher. I decided to resign from my job and write full-time because I loved the craft.
Who/what are your writing inspirations?
Other authors like Joe Haldeman
Favorite writing food / snack?
Coffee and Redbull. I don’t really eat when I write.
What do you hope readers take away most from your writing?
I write post-apocalyptic fiction for two reasons. The first is to entertain and tell the stories of average people trying to survive. The other is as a warning—that if we don’t make some major changes to our world, we will end up destroying it. Either from war, or pollution, or an engineered virus. I think that’s why the genre is so hot. People are terrified of what could happen and that is also entertaining in a way.
Who’s the favorite character of yours that you’ve written and why?
Probably Corporal Joe Fitzpatrick in the Extinction Cycle. He is a wounded warrior and he continues to amaze me with his resilience. Despite the fact someone seems to always try and kill him, he remains a good, honest man.
What is your writing style? Outliner/Planner or Seat of the Pantser?
Definitely Outliner. That’s how I write thrillers. I don’t think you can really be a Pantser if you write thrillers. The pacing is just too hard. Unless you’re a genius, and I’m not. : )
If someone wanted to become a writer, what tips would you give to them?
Work on your story until you can’t read it anymore. Then figure out how you want to publish. Lots of people think too much about how to get published, but the first step is writing a damn good story.
Have you ever purchased something from a late-night infomercial? If so, what?
Haha. No. I don’t stay up late anymore unless I’m writing.
If you could collaborate with any other author (living, dead, or undead) who would that be and why?
George Orwell. I’d love to ask him what he thinks of our world now.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you do?
I’d probably go into law enforcement. That’s what I would have done if I could do it all over again, and write on the side.
Coke, Pepsi, or?
Sprite. If I drink pop, it’s got to be a Sprite.
What’s one thing people should know and/or don’t know about you?
I have hobbit feet. For reals.
Is there a character that has the most “You” in them? Or the opposite of you?
In the Extinction Cycle I think Fitz definitely has some of me in him. Beckham does as well. So does Ellis. I’m not much like X in Hell Divers though. That was a hard character to write.
If we lived in a Fahrenheit 451 culture, which book would you want to memorize?
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. My favorite book of all time.
Has anyone written a fan fiction based on your work?
Yup, Amazon is about to launch a kindle world of the Extinction Cycle. I think we have 12 authors signed on so far to write fan fiction set in that world.
The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction…Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force Team, codenamed Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top secret Medical Corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet–a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.After barely escaping with his life, Beckham returns to Fort Bragg in the midst of a new type of war. The virus is already spreading… As cities fall, Team Ghost is ordered to keep CDC virologist Dr. Kate Lovato alive long enough to find a cure. What she uncovers will change everything.Total extinction is just on the horizon, but will the cure be worse than the virus?
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