Nathaniel Munoz Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Photography by Antonio De Jesus Florida Issue 18
The Nomination: Nathaniel Muñoz is an 18-year-old science-fiction novelist, published poet, and YouTuber. He has opened a publishing company, the Muñoz Publishing House, and will have his first novel released in June. On his YouTube channel, he provides writing advice for fellow aspiring novelists.
How did your interest in writing poetry and fiction begin? In Ms. Silverio’s 7th Grade Language-Arts class at Good Shepherd Catholic School, I was given various assignments to write creatively. These assignments included creating both works of poetry and fiction. Through these assignments, I discovered my passion for writing and my love for words.
What is your favorite piece of work you have written and why? Presently, my favorite completed piece of work is my soon-to-be-published novel, Elvort. Elvort has allowed me to sharpen my writing skills, meet various others in the writing community, and has motivated me to open my own publishing company, the Muñoz Publishing House.
Tell me about the plot of your first novel, Elvort, that is being released in June.
Earth is in ruins. After the Great Collapse, poverty, crime, and disease became as common as oxygen in the air. One of the few people who hoard the world's money, Abraham Gatlin, creates an enormous enclosed circular community. In Elvort, people can live in a simulation of a different era of their choice. However, in order to enter, Gatlin brainwashes his new citizens to live as people of the selected era. They are given the mentality and speech of that era, in addition to a storyline to abide by. Louis Harpp, the protagonist, experienced a power outage during the entry process. He entered his era with knowledge from outside Elvort. His friend Breck Wilder doesn't recognize him. Realizing that Elvort is a place where people are swept from everything that made them, Louis must set out to reclaim his friend and life.
Why did you want to start a Youtube channel? In an attempt to grow my author platform and engage with fellow writers outside of Miami, FL, I started my AuthorTube YouTube channel to provide writing advice and open up various outlets for networking.
What types of books do you plan on continuing to write and publish in the future? I am currently working on two literary works. The first, Perception, is a superhero-type novel about a teen with the power to manipulate perception. The second, a story about the Coolie Trade that brought Chinese people as slaves to Cuba in the 1800s. After these next two projects, I hope to continue expanding my horizons and further push my writing career forward.
Nathaniel will be featured in Issue 18 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.
Interview with Zoe D'Angelo \ Submitted by Lauren Hudson Nomination and Photography by Cynthia Schoettker Kentucky
The Nomination: Lauren Hudson has become a playwright, award-winning screenwriter, and a four-time published author, including books in her Ascension and Students Leading America Series. An Independent Author of the Year, state champion mock trial attorney, Cappie-nominated actress, and all-region soccer player, Lauren Hudson attributes her success to faith and God’s blessings.
How did you become interested in writing books?
For as long as I can remember, I have read practically everything I can get my hands on. When I was 13, my Dad asked me if I wanted to co-author a teaching book with him. Soon after, the book went national, which gave me the opportunity to pursue a young adult fantasy series of novels.
Tell me about your two series of books?
The series that I am working on with my dad is called the Students Leading America Series, which combines fiction and nonfiction to teach teens about business, government, and life in general. The second book, entitled It Can Be Done, comes out this spring.
However, my true love lies in The Ascension Series. This young adult fantasy series tells the stories of triplets who can see the past, present, and future. The final book in the series, The Redemption, will be released in 2020.
Where do you acquire inspiration for books?
I truly believe that it is easier to write about what you know, so I draw inspiration from themes with which I am familiar. For me, it’s family and faith. In fact, nearly all the stories in both series combine family with an emphasis on hope and optimism for a better future.
Tell me a little bit about being an Independent Author of the Year.
Although being Independent Author of the Year has gotten the word out about the books, the publicity is not the reason I write. When I see a young reader bring well-loved copies of my books to my signings, I remember why I tell the stories that I do. I think that is a part of every author’s dream – to have people love your characters as much as you love them.
Tell me a little bit about your side projects in playwriting and film screenplays?
In the 6th grade, I discovered a passion for theater. I was able to pursue this passion by adapting the first book in the Students Leading America Series into a play and the books in The Ascension Series into screenplays. The latter did well at film festivals across the country and I hope the series comes to the big or small screen soon.
How did you become interested in soccer?
I’ve been involved in soccer for nearly my entire life; my parents put me in recreational soccer when I was just 4 years old. What I really loved about the sport is the teamwork and competition that it encourages. When a group of young ladies come together with an unselfish style of play and a desire to win, they have the ability to be unstoppable both on and off the field.
What are your plans for the future?
Currently, I am studying neuroscience and biology at the University of Kentucky. After graduation, I plan to attend medical school to help families in need by becoming a pediatric oncologist.