After reading through some of this man’s answers, I look forward to reading this work. He’s influenced by some of my favorite writers!
Nathan M. Beauchamp writes speculative fiction ranging from hard science fiction to transgressive horror. His short fiction has appeared in Spark, Pantheon Magazine, The Exigencies Anthology, and numerous other fine magazines and anthologies. He holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Western State University and lives in Chicago with his wife and two young boys. CHIMERA is his debut novel.*
*Nathan wrote Chimere with his best friend and co-writer Joshua Russell, hence the pseudonym “N.J. Tanger.”
On the verge of extinction, the Stephen’s Point colony must take desperate measures to save themselves. Without communication or resupply from Earth for the last fifteen years, the colony has but one chance to survive: restore the ancient starship Chimera and train a young crew to pilot her. The fate of the entire colony rests on the shoulders of a pair of misfits: Theo Puck, a sixteen-year-old hacker with a gift for speaking to machines, and fifteen-year-old Selena Samuelson, a brash but talented pilot with a dark secret in her past.
Twitter: @nmbeauchamp https://twitter.com/nmbeauchamp
E-mail: Nathan (at) uebooks (dot) com
What do you do to keep your spirits up through a bad review?
I look at my positive reviews. It’s unrealistic to expect every reader to like your book. I focus on those that enjoy my work, on my fans. I read every negative review in detail to see if there’s anything I can learn from it to apply to my next book. Often negative reviews can teach you something if you let them. Those that are a simple “I hated it” sort of thing, I ignore. If the reviewer didn’t give the courtesy of explaining why they didn’t like my book, I’m not going to give them two seconds of my time worrying about their review.
What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your story?
In terms of literary inspiration, I’d say Anne McCaffrey’s The Ship Who Sang and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. Aspects of each make an appearance in Chimera. Second to that, my father. He passed away unexpectedly last march. He passed on to me his lifelong love of learning and insatiable curiosity which are good traits for a writer to possess.
Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?
Too many to list here. My wife, Heidi, for starters. She’s been a rock through a long, three year process. Also my writers’ group. Without those guys, I’d never have gotten my debut novel completed. My cadre of friends, my Western State MFA cohort, my program director Russell Davis, just to name a few.
Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life?
Yes. Don’t let other people tell you what you can and can’t do. Don’t let others tell you that there’s a single “right” way to do things. I believe that self-publishers (I prefer the term “indie” because it suggests unique and valuable in a way that “self” does not) should take themselves seriously and not skimp on things like editing and art. Putting out a self-published book has taught me the value of working with other professionals and of working as part of a team. Writing can be seen as a solitary act, but when done well, it requires at minimum a good cover designer and an editor.
What’s your favorite color?
Blue—I mean yellow! Sorry, I’m a huge Monty Python fan—kudos to anyone who gets the reference: you have impeccable taste.