Interview with A. Nation

Author of Desert Shock - Secrets Never Stay Hidden

I'm retired and writing as much as I can. I have 24 novels and several novellas published. My genres are science fiction, urban fantasy, and travel mysteries.
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How would you describe <Desert Shock> to a new reader?
  • It's a science fiction crime thriller.
What was the inspiration behind <Desert Shock> ?
  • I read in the newspaper about a rich woman who had died on her massage table in an up scale penthouse. But to make it scarier, I also read about a strange murder in Idaho. I put these two and added a third to move my character on.
Which authors do you admire? How have they influenced your writing style?
  • Isaac Asimov and Agatha Christie. I have read other sci-fi authors but these two stand out the most.
Can you tell us a little about the locations in your book?
  • It starts out in Tucson, Arizona and leads to Washington D.C.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
  • Read as much as you can so you understand the grammar.
What's your writing process?
  • Thinking about the next scene all day, sitting down after breakfast and write it out
Which character in <Desert Shock> has had the greatest impact on readers?
  • The twist in the end. "I was thrust into a world that was inescapable until the end of the book. A. Nation knows how to set a stage! I loved the twists and turns, loved the characters, and the overall story was satisfying in the end."
If <Desert Shock> were to be adapted for TV or film, who would you see in the lead role? Who did you have in your mind’s eye when you wrote him/her?
  • Dwayne Johnson
How have readers responded to <Desert Shock>?
  • Most can't believe I have such a dark mind, but they love it.
Where next? What are you working on now?
  • I just finished the second book in the Quest series, Eye of the Throne. This was an exciting one to write.
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The shock the Tucson police find in the desert is nothing compared to the shock Mother Nature dishes out. Three murders and who is behind them.