Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Interview with author Nicholas Nash

The Girl At The Bar

1.      What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
I’ve always found the field of cancer research very interesting. There are so many new developments that the average person is not aware of. The biotech industry is enjoying its golden age in terms of finding modalities to cure cancer. I wanted to highlight some of that in my book while adding a human story around it.  I also enjoy reading mysteries and hence decided to write one – one that I would enjoy reading. Blend all these elements and what do you get? A mystery thriller set in the backdrop of cancer research.

2.      What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
My book is called The Girl At The Bar. The book starts off with the disappearance of a top cancer researcher, Rebecca Chase, after she has a one-night stand with someone she meets in a bar. The book is a classic whodunit with a lot of twists and turns. I cover the topic of cancer as a disease and the latest developments in cancer research in the a manner that the reader can follow. That said, the book is about people, how they think and how they react in situations. I wrote the book trying to keep the reader at the edge right up to the end. I hope readers of the book feel the same way. Readers who love fast-paced, edge-of-their-seat, medical thrillers will love this book.

3.      What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
I wrote the book trying to keep the reader at the edge right up to the end. I enjoyed all the research that went into the book. There are so many small facts and interesting tit bits that I found while doing my research and I strung them all together into the book, be it some obscure facts about cancer, the Chinese underworld in New York or some fancy computer programs that play a key role in the book. I hope readers enjoy learning about all the new strides the biotech industry is making right now. It is truly fascinating.

4.      What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
Being a first time author, I don’t think I’m still in the place where I should be doling out advice to fellow writers. I could maybe share with you what I told myself when I was writing my book.  
“Write what you love about, not necessarily thinking about what the reader wants or trying to please your imaginary idea of the ideal reader base. You have a unique story to tell, so tell that story in the best way possible and your readers will appreciate the originality and honesty of your imagination.”

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
In the book industry it looks like eBook sales are growing though print books are still popular. Indie bookstores are popping up everywhere. According to the American Booksellers Association, the number of member independent bookstores has increased more than 20% from 1,651 in 2009 to 2,094 in 2014. Audio book sales have also been increasing steadily. I believe it is great that authors can self-publish right now.

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
The biggest challenge in writing about cancer research is being able to synthesize all of this into plain language that a regular reader could understand and appreciate. That was the toughest part of the research. I was constantly afraid that readers would lose me if I became too technical in my descriptions, so that kept me on guard whenever I wrote about cancer in the book.   

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
There is some truly groundbreaking research and developments taking place in the quest to cure cancer that the average person is not aware of. The biotech industry in general is making huge advances in finding unique cures for cancer. I wanted to highlight the work that I have been reading about. The biotech industry, particularly on the research side, is heavily dominated by men. However, there are several strong well-rounded women who are instrumental in the industry either as researchers, CEOs or biotech investors. Rebecca is in some respects a composite of these real-life women who play a key role in the progress we’ve made in the war on cancer. I believe The Girl At The Bar will help readers learn a lot about the mysterious world of cancer. Pair that with a roller coaster mystery and this will be a book readers will be happy they picked up.

Nicholas Nash is the exciting new author of The Girl At The Bar, a psychological thriller about the mysterious disappearance of a brilliant cancer researcher and the quest to find her. Nicholas resides in the concrete jungle of Manhattan in New York City with his wife and three children. An accomplished finance professional, he has a passion for reading fiction and non-fiction books which inspired him to write an intriguing thriller. For more info, please see:   

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