There might be a slight resemblances to Quentin Tarantino, enough to get me free drinks at bars, being called out by DJs and having random people come up to me expecting an autograph. This is a younger me and I’ve aged to a closer resemblance I think, but the Great Director’s career is not what I’m about. My name is Nathan Reese Maher, author of “Secrets of the CitySpire”, “Rubberband Lazer”, “Tales of Enoch”, “Porcelain Masques”, “Sticks & Stones – The Free RPG” and soon “Spooks! Welcome to the Great Beyond” a table top roleplaying game that focuses on you, the player, taking on roles of people who has crossed over from this life into the next as the spooky dead.
I’ve written since I can remember, small prose, poetry, short stories and novels. I remember going to Young Writer’s Conferences here in Iowa as well as listening to speaches and lectures from upstart authors and publishers. This was all back in grade school mind you, and when I reached the junior college years I was always a part of creative writing programs and magazines. I’ve had a few poems published, but we all know that poetry is the righteous path of the destitute so, while successful in writings, not successful in the pocket book. I attended the University of Iowa and studied Dance, Anthropology and English Literature. My emphasis was Ballet, of all things, Gothic Literature, Creative Writing and Classics. I graduated with a BA and after 3 failed attempts at entering the University of Iowa’s Creative Writing Program for Graduates, I decided that I would strike out on my own for publication.
Like many other indie authors today, I’ve ran into several road blocks with agents and publishing companys. From my understandings the writing world is flooded with submissions and dime novels being sold at 99 cents each. Sometimes it feels that it’s hard to shine when you are buried beneath a pile of tarnished coins, and I’m sure there are a lot of you out there that can relate. My goal now is to find readership, to acquire a loyal fan base who are interested in unfiltered ideas.