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Chillin' With Sci-Fi Author NATHAN HYSTAD

Today on the Witch Haunt, I bring you Canadian author of The Survivors and The Resistance series who writes in both sci-fi and horror genres. RED CREEK was a great read! Please welcome Nathan Hystad!

WH: Hi, Nathan! Welcome to the Witch Haunt. Please give us all a brief introduction of your fabulous self:

NH: I’m an author from western Canada, where I’m covered in snow for 5 months, so it gives me a lot of time to hunker down and write. I’ve written somewhere around 15 novels, most of them Science Fiction, but I also have a love of the horror genre.

WH: We love both, so that works out. :) What dream career do you have besides writing/publishing?

NH: I’m a full time author now, so I have already reached my goal in that sense, but now I have bigger and far crazier dreams.

WH: Which will remain a secret. Hmm...

Your SURVIVORS series is doing really well and is now up to 6 books (OLD ENEMY released on Nov. 16, same as my CITY OF SPELLS :))! How many more Survivor novels can we expect to see and when do you decide when a series has run its course?

NH: Survivors is very special to me. I wrote The Event a couple years before I released it, since I wanted to release 3 books quickly. So while working full time, I spent those years writing books two and three before releasing. It’s 6 books now (books 5 and 6 coming out in audio March 5th) and I’m writing books 7 and 8 back to back right now. Covers are done, and they look awesome!

I have at least 10 planned, and I might even do a spin-off series when that’s done.

My newest series, The Resistance, is 3 books, with book 3 coming out mid-March, and doing something new, and not in first person POV, was a ton of fun.

WH: Ten planned! Wow. Yes, the covers look kickass! And changing POV narrative is a fun way to challenge yourself as a writer. So, you’ve written in both the sci-fi and horror genres. Do you have a preference?

NH: They are so different. I just finished writing my second horror novel, Return to Red Creek and I loved writing it. It feels so natural to write horror for me, and I do plan on writing another one this year, but for the time being, I’m focusing on my science fiction since it pays the bills.

WH: I hear you. You have to do that first then find time for your passion projects in between. If you could interview any author, gone or alive, who would it be?

NH: That’s a great question. I read a lot and have for a long time, mostly in thriller, fantasy, horror and science fiction. I’d have to say two of my favorites are Stephen King and Robin Hobb, and since there are a lot of King resources out there, I’d have to say Hobb. Her fantasy books are my favs, and I’d love to pick her brain about writing first person, writing series within the same universe, and habits.

WH: You know I'm ashamed to say I haven't read a single one of Hobb's books yet, and I have to undo that mess ASAP. So, Nathan, how have you changed as a person from your early life until now?

NH: I’ve always written stories, since I was a little duffer writing My Secret Identity fan fiction. I grew up seeing my mother with a great work ethic, and think I took that ethic into my own adult life. From being a young man working 6 days a week to pay the bills, to being thirty eight and writing books from a living, I still work hard, and though I may be a different person, there are a lot of the same traits coursing through me.

WH: Of course, and what a great feeling to be doing what you love! Off-topic here, but fun questions (for me). How do you like your coffee? Do you have a favorite libation? What’s your favorite dessert? I can tell a lot about people from their food choices.

NH: Good ones! I do love coffee. I use a dash of real cream, or use the bulletproof style a few times a week for the added goodness. I’ve turned into a red wine drinker as I’ve aged, and prefer a good California Cab Sav these days. I don’t eat dessert per se, but I do like popcorn! Maybe a little too much.

WH: Healthy, low-carb choices. Sensible! So, let’s say the horror/sci-fi genre is like high school. Where would you fit in?

NH: High School is horror, that’s for sure! I was a jock who liked to read, so a bit of an oddball. I’d probably hang out with the space opera kids, the ones with dreams of distant stars, and not the military sci-fi ones as much. I’d also stay clear of any teachers that smile too much. They’re the ones inhabited by the monsters. Always.

WH: LOL. I can testify to that personally. The smilers are always the weirdos. What is the witchiest thing about you (we’re all a little witchy)?

NH: Ha. I’m not sure. I do enjoy some cedar sage incense burning as I write, and my wife may have a few crystals around the house…

WH: Interesting that you burn sage yet you're not sure at the same time. Burning sage is a VERY witchy way of clearing negative energy!

What do you feel makes a compelling sci-fi or horror novel?

NH: Characters. I think they make pretty much any good book, regardless of genre. I prefer my SciFi smart and fun, not necessarily all action and hard science. For horror I prefer ominous, suspense and a slow burn, rather than guts and gore. But whatever you do, write good characters. As a reader, I need to connect to the characters being represented, to cheer them on, or if they’re deplorable, cheer against.

WH: Oh, me as well. Slow-burn, build that suspense. My kind of horror. What is the most awesome thing happening in your life right now that you’d like to share with us?

NH: That I get to write books every day of my life! I get to have a new release once a month, and celebrate audio book releases. It’s amazing, and I’m grateful for it every single day.

WH: Fabulous! What’s next for you? We can’t wait to see what you have coming up!

NH: I’m publishing the last book in my newest Science Fiction series in March. The Resistance is comprised of: Rift, Revenge, Return, and tells the tale of Earth’s first invasion, told from the other side of a Rift in space. It’s been a blast, and readers have been super positive about it so far.

Then Audible Studios will be producing Return to Red Creek. The first book, Red Creek, was just released in audio, and is narrated by Will Damron. He is a huge talent, and I was so happy to be able to choose him to read the book. I also have a Post-Apocalyptic SciFi series being written with a collaborator, Devon C Ford. The Rise series will be coming out late Summer 2019 (tentatively).

All amazing stuff, Nathan! Well, thank you so much for sitting with me today and sharing a little bit about yourself and your awesome books. We look forward to the new series coming out this month (Happy Book Birthday, by the way) and can't wait to see what you have in store story-wise.

To follow Nathan, visit the following links:

* Website: www.nathanhystad.com

* Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Nathan-Hystad/e/B00Y93ZST2

* Latest release:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ML75B5H

* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NathanHystadAuthor

Nathan Hystad is a science fiction and horror author from Canada. He’s known for his best-selling Survivors series, and more recently The Resistance. Subscribe to his Newsletter at www.nathanhystad.com to keep up to date with his releases and to get a short story, A Time and a Space for free.

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