Nathaniel Swift interview
A little introduction:
Hi, I’m Nat! In addition to BLUE SKIES (my short story for the ACCIDENTAL TIME TRAVELERS COLLECTIVE), I’m writing a time travel novel, a science fiction series about kids who move to Mars and save the universe with some help from Winnie-the-Pooh, and haiku for my kids. I’m a K-8 drama and video arts teacher, and I’ve been a professional actor, director, and theatre producer in Chicago for over twenty years, with a long and successful run as the Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre Company. I live with two fun kids, a sweet cat named Sister Agnes Grace, and my very supportive wife, on the north side of Chicago within walking distance of Wrigley Field.
When did your love of books begin?
My love of books began earlier than I can remember; my parents were avid readers and some of my earliest memories are of sitting on a lap listening to the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, Peter Rabbit, and many others.
When did you start to have the wish to become an author?
In second or third grade, I remember writing a story for a class assignment about a couple of kids who somehow get transported inside their favorite pinball game and have to find a way back to the real world while dodging balls and flippers. I remember the pride of having written what I thought was an awesome story, and thinking this was something I wanted to keep doing forever.
How have you found the process for becoming an author?
What would you say to those wanting to become an author?
Don’t take advice from me, mostly. But if you’re going to anyway, I’d say read a lot, write a lot, and have fun with both. Trust yourself, challenge yourself, and take pride in the idea that you’re creating something out of nothing. It’s kind of magical, really.
Tell us about your book/books:
What do you love about the writing/reading community?
I feel like I’m just getting started, but in the last year I’ve found an amazingly supportive, generous, and fun community of writers and readers on Twitter. I’ve found myself caught up in conversations about great books, debates about the Oxford comma, and lots of sharing of brilliant excerpts. I wish I had known about this years ago.
If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?
Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you.
Where can people connect with you?