Featured Interview With M. E. Nash
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in Florida, growing up as a Navy Brat. My families travels ended in Albuquerque, NM, in 1971. I’m still living in the Land of Enchantment enjoying the local cuisine and wide variety of wilderness available here. I consider myself a native and have no plans or desire to move anywhere else.
My dog, Crock, is a husky Basset/Dachshund mix. I call him my whack-a-do. He is very stubborn with a big heart. As far as training goes we’ve come to an understanding we both are happy with. But Crock is a great dog and my best friend, after my wife of course.
I enjoy my time with my wife, children, and Crock. When I am not camping or writing, I enjoy playing board games in the evenings with my wife and daughter. Every few weeks, I play Dungeons and Dragons with my son, younger brother, and friends. When the extended family gets together we make delicious food, play cards, enjoying each other’s company and catch up with our busy lives.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
When I was younger I read books like the Hardy Boys and required reading for school. My fascination with books started to gain ground in high school. Finding science fiction and fantasy books in my teenage years.
I started writing seriously this year. My wife convinced me to write about camping, something I have tremendous knowledge in. Now I have two books out on Amazon, KDP and Audible. Before that I wrote in my daily journal, and free writing journal. I still write in my journal, and free write every morning.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite author is Issac Asimov. The next favorite is JRR Tolkien. These authors should give you a hint as to my favorite genres, sci-fi and fantasy. I enjoy reading these genres, sparking my imagination.
For inspiration I have to go with Jerry B. Jenkins. I’ve been listening to his YouTube videos on writing. They are very informative helping me in my quest to become a better writer. I have some of the same habits as Jerry. I get my morning routine done, taking about three hours. Afterward, I sit down and write with a clear mind, focused on the book. Once I sit down to write I’d rather not get up, keeping my mind on the book. And just as inspiring is Maia Szalavitz who wrote Unbroken Brain. Her attention to detail and unrelenting style of writing inspired me to always do more research and provide my readers with comprehensive information. I picked up her book to do research on addiction, and was drawn in by her writing and format of information.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Forty years of camping experience became the inspiration for both of my books. As a new author, this gave me a great starting point.
The first book’s title is Campground Hound Follow the Hound with a Leash to Happy Camping Beginning Your Camping Adventures. This book was written with beginning campers in mind. Giving them a solid starting point to their camping experience. With easy to follow steps for successful camping.
The name of the latest book is Campground Hound Follow the Hound to New Adventures in Camping. Inspiration for this book came in the form of a progressive idea. After following the Hound to beginning camping, you can follow the Hound to other adventures.
There are nine different types of camping in book two. Including chapters on first aid, backpacking, Dutch oven cooking, and minimalist camping.
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