Nathan Guardian is a lifelong writer. He has written for local newspapers and literary magazines and holds a degree in English. Wicked Women is the first of an original three-book series about New England witches.
Tell us the story of your book’s title. Was it easy to find, or did it take forever?
Wicked Women screams witchcraft, but it also implies wicked or sinful acts. Although most of the women in the story do cross the line many times, they aren’t inherently wicked. They are actually quite the opposite, and are instead fighting a battle between good and evil.
Who/what made you want to write? Was there a particular person, or particular writers/works/art forms that influenced you?
I’ve been inspired by writers like Nathanial Hawthorne, Dean Koontz, and Maya Angelou. I loved so many of the literary and poetic geniuses from our history, like Jack London, Charles Dickens, and Emily Dickinson. My motivation to write has come from the impact I’ve felt by reading their work. I’ve always thought, “Wow, I’d love to do that too,” to make someone feel all the things I felt when reading so many great books.
What other professions have you worked in? What’s something about you that your readers wouldn’t know?
My book deals with things like psychokinesis and ghosts. These things don’t just pique my curiosity—I’ve experienced both.
What was the most rewarding/meaningful part of publishing your book?
It’s the start of a new, lifelong adventure with an ending I cannot yet see. But I dream. Oh yes, I dream.
If your book had a soundtrack, what are some songs that would be on it?
Loreena McKennitt: Nightride Across the Caucasus, Skellig, Ce He Mise Le Ulaingt, Penelope’s Song, and anything by Adrian von Ziegler.
What new writing projects are you currently working on? Or, other projects that are not writing?
I expect to be finished with Book 2 of my Wicked Women series by October of 2023.
How was working with Atmosphere Press? What would you tell other writers who want to publish?
I loved each step of the process. I especially liked working with editor and writer Colleen Alles. She was thorough, patient, and very kind.