Inkling Interview: Nathaniel Kaine
Goodness, I’ve been looking forward to this interview since this writer gave me the green light. He is an exceptional writer. I remember, early into connecting with the #writerscommunity, he tweeted these beautiful excerpts of his works and I would just LIKE each one until I was sure he was going to think I was stalker. Seriously though, the skill it takes to write so captivatingly in 240-character confinements never ceases to amaze me and I’m really looking forward to learning more about this writer. Please welcome: Nathaniel Kaine.
Hi Nathaniel, can you tell us where are you at in your writing journey, and how did you get there?
I’ve been writing for a long time, most of my life, and after a long hiatus, I returned to writing full time, as much as life would allow, for the past year and a half. Currently, I have book one of my John Hunter Series, The Veteran, ready for publishing and am actively querying agents. Book two of the series, The Operator, is being edited, and I’m writing book three, The Russians. I’m also involved in other side projects; short stories, graphic novel development, and a few stories from different genres; horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.
Ooh, I love the overall tone I get from this series. Can you pitch one of these projects?
After returning to a normal life and finding peace, highly decorated war veteran and family man John Hunter is forced to kill again. The events that follow bring great danger to his family. Pursued by the Russian Mafia, blackmailed by an international shadow organization, and hunted by a white supremacist group, he must return to his past and revive those skills hidden away, recalling those abilities needed to survive in order to protect his family. His journey into the abyss, reliving old memories and awakening those demons that haunted him for so long, will put his family in even greater danger — a danger from within.
Wow, I’m instantly intrigued. Call me a sucker for vet stories. Of course as writers, we’re often most shaped by what we read, so I have to ask: what’s your favorite book, the one with frayed edges and a cracked spine that you read over and over anyway?
I’m torn between two classics, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, and Jack London’s “Call of the Wild.”
Both excellent choices, though I admit, I struggled with Moby Dick’s length! Now I want to ask Nathaniel: what is your favorite/least favorite part of the writing process?
My favorite part is when the words flow and I’m able to let the story out. The least favorite part is when I’m unable to write for whatever reason. The rest of it; editing, revising, getting feedback, querying is all part of the process.
Agreed! Now inspiration is part of the process too. In fact, it might be the very first step. Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
I get a lot of inspiration from my past for this series. For other works such as my short stories, it’s situational. It may be something I read, a conversation I have, or something that just pops into my head, “Hey, wouldn’t this be a great idea for a story?” There’s always something going on in this world about which something can be written.
Absolutely! And funnily enough, rhetorical questions and conversations are a huge source of inspiration for me. One thing I struggle with though, is finding inspiration at the right times as I manage...well, life. How do you manage life and other responsibilities alongside your writing?
As I have many responsibilities other than my writing which take precedence, it’s not too difficult to manage. I’ve set my priorities, and although I would love to have more time to write, taking care of my business is my primary concern. It lowers my stress level which enables me to have time, albeit limited on occasion, to focus more on my writing without worrying about my responsibilities. It’s a juggling act, that changes depending on circumstances and events.
I really appreciate that you’ve struck a healthy balance. That’s something I’m still learning myself. Now Nathaniel, what’s the toughest thing you think you’ve learned about writing that you wish others knew?
Perseverance - never stop writing, and don’t hesitate to ask for help. There are a lot of writers and editors who will gladly throw information your way.
This is true!
If you’re writing, and you’re serious about your writing, do yourself a favor and have an editor, whether paid or not. You will never be able to find all the issues with your manuscript by yourself, no matter how good of a writer you are.
Absolutely. And it’s worth mentioning (thanks, Twitter) that NO, you do NOT need to pay someone exorbitant amounts of money to critique your work and you do NOT need to go into debt to pursue your dreams. As Nathaniel said, there’s a community more than happy to help. (End Rant). Now, onto a fun question, Nathaniel: Would you rather have the power to be invisible, or fly?
Simply because of my innate curiosity about human nature, I would love to be invisible to hear people’s honest conversations. To be the proverbial fly on the wall.
Ooh, that’s even better. I do worry though that I’d hear too much! Now Nathaniel, one of my aims in these interviews is to talk to writers from ALL backgrounds about their journey and see what advice they can share, especially to aspiring writers who may not be seeing themselves in current literature. What advice do you have for these aspiring writers from underrepresented backgrounds?
Write YOUR story. Write YOUR truth.
Don’t let anyone tell you what you should or shouldn’t write. Keep it real and people will read your work.
Thank you. I have another fun question for you: If your life was a movie, what would it be called and what genre would it fall under?
I will never be able to say I led a boring life.
When I read this question, I thought of the Tom Cochrane/Rascal Flatts song, “Life is a Highway” and I think that would make a great title for a movie about my life. It would be a Thriller Comedic Tragedy, filled with all types of twists and turns.
Well, our friendship just strengthened. I love that song (both versions, friends). And now a bonus question! You have an ever-replenishing goblet of your favorite thing to drink, what’s in the goblet?
I’d have to go with water. From that water, I can make other things. It’s like life. It’s all about the base ingredients you put together to make what you want.