Getting personal with Nicholas Catron
Nicholas Catron is a Washington state resident born and raised. He is 36 years old and is married with 3 children. He is a devoted husband and father. He works as an electrician during the day and writes in the evening. His passion is writing and he is working hard to make that dream come true. In his spare time he enjoyed video games, hiking in the mountains, reading and smoking a good cigar. Not only does he write stories but also poetry. He says my muse comes and demands my hands and I write.
His favorite author is Alexandre Dumas but he at this point in time his writing is influenced by William Gibson. He loves to read and will pick up most anything lying around and will read three books at once. He also enjoys researching obscure topics just for the heck of it and draws a little.
Please welcome Nicholas Catron to Roadie Notes………
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I’m pretty sure, throughout grade school, I was forced to write a story or two that I don’t remember. Wasn’t exactly into writing back then. I think the first story I wrote was back in like 2010. It was a flash fiction piece about a demon sent to scout out a battlefield when an angel destroys his world and reminds him of who he used to be. I was inspired by the Tool song Right InTwo, which the story is aptly titled.
2. How many books have you written?
I’ve written quite a few short stories but as far as full-length novels, three. Two are collecting dust in a computer folder somewhere, never to see the light of day again.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
Pedophilia or anything along those lines.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
36 years old, three kids (two boys and girl), married for almost three years and I work as an electrician. I used to work in the graphic design field and cooked in a few restaurants as well.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
My most recent, Apostate. It’s the only novel I’ve written that survived the editing and revision process. Each one before, taught me how to write. I basically had to start from scratch since I didn’t go to college.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I’m a talker. I talk a lot. I’ve always told stories, just never wrote them down. One day, it just clicked in my brain: I’m supposed to write. So, I started and now here I am, wondering just how far I can take this.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Depends on the mood. Read. Definitely read. Play video games, go exploring, watch movies, engage in intellectually stimulating conversations, talk to random strangers at bars (rarely happens these days). The list could go on and on. Write, obviously.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I usually write in my room with the door closed. Depending on the part of the process, it’s either quiet or I put my headphones on and listen to one song on repeat. Tool is helpful, so are the Deftones. I like Gwar for fight scenes but Gang Gang Dance’s Lotus is excellent for tuning the world out and letting my creativity flow.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Well, I would like to be better. To understand how to weave conflict, emotion and controversy seamlessly.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
My dream, what I think about daily, what I practically obsess about, is to be able to make my living as a writer. To make more money than I do now, writing. To be able to transition from working construction to writing from home.
12. Where do you live?
Washington state, on the eastside of the westside. Not Seattle but close enough.
Nope. I’m allergic to animals.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
My poetry is definitely cathartic for me. Helps me let out whatever is hiding inside. As far as my stories, they’re what I want to read. I love the fact that the worlds and people I dream up on the inside, come to life on the page and take a life of their own.
15. What is coming next for you?
I’m currently outlining my next novel, a cyberpunk dystopian tale of redemption and revenge. So damn excited about it!
16. Where do you get your ideas?
That, I couldn’t say. They just flit in and out of my brain like butterflies through a garden. Almost as if some creature is typing away and saves them to my brain. When I sit down to write, or take notes, the words come out on their own, I’m just the conduit.
You can connect with Nicholas Catron here:
Instagram – @nickcwrites
Twitter – @nickcwrites
Nicholas Catron has work so to be released in Blood Puddles: Silent Screams in Liquid Darkness and has poems published on a blog called Vita Brevis Literature.
You can read some of his poems here:
It’s this empty that spreads,
deep through the veins of our lives.
And they end. Disappear.
Like shadows in a moonless night.
What words could console a whisper,
when shouting is the cry that we keep?
Only then, when we’ve lost everything,
could we see.
Could we hope to change our direction.
Could we ever wake to our gruesome truth:
We are Death incarnate,
devils in humanity’s skin.
Cannibal wolves that carve up the lambs,
only to prey on the pack.
Should we not cut out our cancer?
Cut out ourselves?
Or continue on, spreading the decay,
feeding the worms.
Our glass eyes see only the lie.
And it’s that, which we have left behind,
the slumbering silence of moonlight,
calling out to our faltering name.
The essence of our long-standing footprint,
washed away by devouring tides,
lost to the sands of some memory,
leaving this ache in the folds of our mind.
I’d wait for the fire to foster,
a conflagration of life inside skin,
but concrete, plastic and violence,
has left me slowly dying from within.