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.