Rocky Mountain Writer #27

Nathan Lowell & Going Your Own Way


The podcast today is with Nathan Lowell, a member of IPAL writer who clearly starts by taking what’s typical and turning it inside out.

Nathan Lowell goes his own way.

Nathan has been writing for only nine years yet has developed multiple series under the broad category of speculative fiction. As you’ll see, he sets a hard-charging pace for his daily production.

Nathan has developed a large and adoring audience. His latest title, In Ashes Born, came out in September of last year and already has drawn 400 reviews on Amazon, carrying a rock solid five-star rating.

Nathan Lowell was born in Portland, Maine, in 1952. He grew up in an agricultural community in rural Maine and spent time working on fishing boats along the coast. His first literary success came with the publication of a poem while still in elementary school. That early success was followed by forty years of attempt, rejection, failure, and ultimately giving up on the dream of writing science fiction.

In 2007, with the rise of podcast fiction, he started writing again. He completed his first successful novel – Quarter Share – in January, 2007, and podcast it through over February and March, 2007. Since then he has written eight novels, several short stories, and a novella. His podcast novels have been finalists in the Parsec Award five times, and he’s won Parsec Awards for Speculative Fiction (long form) twice — 2010 and 2011.

He holds a BS in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from SUNY/Buffalo (92), an MA in Educational Technology (98), and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology with specializations in Distance Education, Interactive Media, and Instructional Design (04). He lives Colorado with wife, two daughters, and a trio of feline companions.

Nathan Lowell


Intro music courtesy of Moby Gratis
Outro music courtesy of Dan-o-Songs

For suggestions about content or to comment on the show, email Mark Stevens. Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

Host Mark Stevens:

Mark Stevens
Mark Stevens is the 2016 RMFW Writer of the Year. He writes the Allison Coil Mystery Series, including Antler Dust (2007), Buried by the Roan (2011), Trapline (2014), and Lake of Fire (2015). Buried by the Roan, Trapline, and Lake of Fire were all finalists for the Colorado Book Award; Trapline won. Trapline also won the 2015 award in genre fiction from the Colorado Authors League. Kirkus Reviews called Lake of Fire "irresistible." More about Mark on his website.

2 thoughts on “Rocky Mountain Writer #27

  1. I skipped something important in my talking about marketing efforts. My mailing list.

    Very important piece of the puzzle.

    (also, I miss-spoke when I said I had over 5mil downloads near the end there. That should have been “page-reads” – a metric Amazon uses to count how much of an author’s work has been read via Kindle Unlimited. I only sold about 8000 units that month. Those would have been “downloads”. Sorry about that. Mouth and brain frequently get out of sync.)

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