Tell us a little about yourself. You are legally blind and write very complex science fiction. Can you tell readers and potential authors like yourself what you do to put these wonderful stories into a book?
For starters, I am the last person I thought would ever write a novel. While I’ve always had a very active imagination, I’m also dyslexic and wasn’t able to read or write effectively until late in high school. My writing skill started to catch up to my creativity during college, grad school and finally took off after years in a profession that requires clear and articulate communication.
My imagination stayed health into adulthood because I’ve used it as a copping mechanism. In short, going blind sucks. I’m down to 10 percent in perfect lighting and pretty much totally blind in dim conditions. This places a lot of limitations on me and I escape into my mind, building worlds and complex stories where I can do anything. Once my writing abilities developed, the stories got anxious and wanted to be released.
Fortunately, my loss of sight has also coincided with advances in technology that makes it easier for me to write. Many people are surprised to hear that the The Last Hero trilogy was written on an iPad. The last two books in fact were 100 percent typed by thumbs on an iPad mini. It’s a flexible platform for the visually impaired to use.
Your stories are considered space opera. Can you tell us why you chose this genre?
I believe in writing what you want to read yourself. I’ve always been a big scifi fan. I find the idea of the future to me an exciting angle to explore. I love to follow the lates high end tech headlines to follow mankinds continuing march forward.
My novels also have a heavy military theme to them because I spent a good deal of my early life preparing for a career in the Army. I studies military history extensively and after my medical discharge, once my condition was discovered, that impulse was still there. Writing is a way for me to exercise this part of me that was denied because of my disease.
Now that you have finished The Last Hero Trilogy, what is next?
I’ve actually already written the initial drafts of the first two books in another series but I plan to keep them on the sidelines for now. I want to work on another trilogy that revolves around the idea that in the future, where the ability to process large quantities of data from multiple sources is the key to warfare, woman have replaced men as elite warriors because of their natural multi-tasking abilities. I’ve read the US Air Force discovered this during experimentation with aircraft run via brainwaves instead of manual controls. It should be an interesting exploration and I’ve 3 chapters into the first draft. Hope to have it out by the end of 2016.
Can you explain what impact the Last Hero Trilogy has had on your life now that it’s an exciting trilogy?
It has certainly shocked a lot of old friends and family who still think of me as that kid who knew a lot of trivia facts but couldn’t write his name. For now, that’s about it. Still waiting to make the New York Times bestseller list and buy my beach house with my Solstice royalty check.
Where can your fans find you online?
I’m on many social media channels
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NathanielDanes Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nathaniel-Danes/1528587637363979?sk=likes
Are in person appearances in your future?
I hope so but those opportunities will have to come to me. Between writing, doing some online promo stuff, my day job and family, I really don’t have the time to search out those audiences.