>An Interview With Nate Southard
For you reading pleasure today folks, please allow me to present an interview with the rather damn fine US horror author Nate Southard
If you’re a writer, I’d tell you to be prepared. There are a lot of opportunities to learn and to pitch your stories. You can shake a lot of hands and meet people who will really help your career. You don’t want to go into something like that without doing a little preparation. Work on your pitching skills and your people skills.
I’m a writer. Since I really started taking this seriously about seven years ago, I’ve had two novels — Red Sky and Scavengers — published. I’ve also seen the release of three graphic novels, a trio of novels, a short story collection, and dozens of short stories. I live in Austin, Texas and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I have weird facial hair, and I slouch a little more than I should.
6. I first came across your name and your work, through Brian Keene’s message board. in fact I was one of the lucky ones to have a personalised story added to their copy of Broken Skin. I also heard on the gravevine, that Brian gave a wonderful and impassioned speech about passing the torch to the new breed of writers, and your name was mentioned by him. How does feel to have that kind of responsibility put onto you?
I’d say it’s an opportunity rather than a responsibility. Having Brian say something like that can be a huge boon, but it’s not like anybody has to believe him. Fans will do what they want, and all we can do is tell the best stories we can and hope the fans respond. If the book-buying public says, “No thanks, Brian. We’d rather just keep buying your stuff,” it’s not like we can make them change. If anything, I feel like I’m getting a turn at bat. All I can do is swing as hard and true as I can and hope the bat connects.
It’s a huge honor. Brian’s got his own career and his own success, and the last thing he needs to be doing is banging the drum for a guy like me. The fact that he is leading the charge is probably the biggest compliment I’ve ever received. It really makes you think you might just be doing something right.
It sold out its print run, but then again, it wasn’t a huge print run. Most importantly, it introduced new people to my work, and it got some people talking. I’m trying to build an audience, and that sort of thing is important. I’d like to see an e-release or a nice paperback, but I haven’t had any offers for either, yet. We’ll see what the future brings.
For me, I knew how I wanted the book to open and close, and I had an idea of what stories I wanted toward the front of the book and toward the back of the book. From there, it was just a matter of tinkering with the order until it felt right. I didn’t beat myself up over it, but it’s still a far from random order.
It varies depending on the project, really. With Shrews, he wrote the first draft and then shot the entire thing over to me so I could crank out the next draft. Lee liked to write a few thousand words and then send it to me for the next few thousand.
It takes a fair amount of trust to work on a graphic novel, unless you’re an artist who can write. You can write as detailed a script as you can, and the artist still might see something else in his head. While the same holds true for a prose novel, you don’t have an artist cementing the image for you.
15. Can you tell us anything about your work with Deadite Press?
First up, they’ll be releasing a new trade paperback and ebook edition of my novella Just Like Hell. It’s my most hard-hitting and sought after piece, so I’m glad we’ll be seeing it available on Amazon and the like. I really want more than the 150 people who ordered the first edition to be able to read it.
At World Horror, my zombie novel Scavengers was released by Creeping Hemlock Press. It’s my first paperback novel, and I’m ridiculously proud of it. My claustrophobic apolcalypse novella This Little Light of Mine was also released by Burning Effigy Press, and Thunderstorm Books released Focus, a demonic action story by Lee Thomas and myself.
There’s a lot coming up later in the year, only some of which I can talk about. Deadite’s re-releasing Just Like Hell, of course, and my novel Red Sky will see a German release. I also have a demonic possession novella coming out this summer, and my short story “The Blisters on My Heart” will appear in Ellen Datlow’s anthology Supernatural Noir. After that, who knows? I’m just gonna run as far and fast as I can, and I’m gonna tell the best stories I can along the way.
Thanks Nate it has been a pleasure doing this interview. I highly recommend getting on to the Southard band wagon he is an author who is going to be huge.