Today I’m excited to welcome N.W. Harris to Books & Such! His action-packed, YA post-apocalyptic novel, The Last Orphans, was released October 9, 2014. If you missed my review, check it out here.
Teri: Tell us about your writing background.
N.W.: I consider myself an artist. I like to paint, sculpt, build, anything that allows me creative outlet. Writing is the ultimate outlet for me. I choose to write YA because it is what I’ve always loved to read the most. I like YA characters, how much conflict they have in their lives, and I feel like I have something unique to offer in the genre.
T: What was it that planted the seed for The Last Orphans?
N: I grew up in the South, and I love science fiction. I’ve always wanted to write a story that merges the two—that takes small-town kids and puts them in an extraordinary situation. I wanted to show the tenacity and strength of those polite people who live in the backwoods of America, and I wanted to use the setting in which I was raised in a novel.
T: What do you like best and least about your protagonist, Shane?
N: I like his indomitable spirit best, they way he keeps fighting and will not stop until he succeeds. The thing I like least about him is how he needs to find his motivation for doing what he has to do in others–he doesn’t fight for himself, he only survives for Kelly.
T: How many books are you planning for the series and when can we expect the next one?
N: Ah, good question. I want this to be a longer series, but the story has a finite timeline in my head. In other words, I know where it will end. I’m certain it will be more than four books, that’s all I can say at the moment.
T: What is your writing style? (ex: planner, panster)
N: I really try to be a planner. Unfortunately, many of my outlines get thrown in the trash once the story gets going. I end up shooting from the hip a lot and then have to do major rewrites of scenes that don’t work because of not planning. Each book I write, I try to invest more energy into the outline stage. With an outline, the writing goes much faster and the book tends to get off to the publisher in less time. All that said, I’m definitely more the panster type.
T: What are you working on right now?
N: I just sent The Harvest, The Last Orphans #2 to the publisher. So I’m taking a deep breath, doing some marketing, and working on the outline for book three (determined to be a planner dang it!).
T: Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
N: I am a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do (and will be getting my black belt on Dec 5 🙂
I love fried chicken and biscuits and make them from scratch at least once a month.
I love running.
I hate bell peppers.
I want to move to Maui someday.
T: This is one of my son’s favs – if you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
N: I’d go for the super-healing ability that Wolverine has. Kinda makes him immortal, and he never gets sick.
T: Where can fans find you?
N: If you type in nwharrisbooks just about anywhere, you will find me. Here are some links, please stop by and say hi!
Thanks so much for the interview and letting us learn more about you and The Last Orphans!