I’m Nicholas Austin, an adventure author based in Austin, TX.
Before I tell you who I am, let me ask you two questions. Do you hate when a great story ends? Do you feel like you’ve lost a friend when there’s no more journey to follow for your favorite character? If you answered yes to either of these questions, welcome. Now, let me tell you why you’ve come to the right place.
Alright (*cracks neck*) someone hold my beer while I go off…
Breaking Bad was the beginning of something powerful for me. I was hooked from the very beginning as the twists and turns had me doling out my aunt and uncle’s Netflix account login to everyone I knew. There was no way I could contain my excitement when I found out (spoiler), and when (spoiler), and (spoiler). So I didn’t, even after the account password changed because I passed it around so many times. ;D
Now, I’m no meth-cooking science teacher, nor am I a father, husband, or resident of New Mexico. But the simultaneous love and hate I felt while watching Walter White evolve was quite simply… familiar. For all the times he built people up only to let them down. All the carnage and pain he left in his wake. Everything this man went through just to figure out one thing: who really is Walter White?
It’s a question we all ask ourselves with our name inserted in place of his. Who am I? What is my why? And am I even prepared to find out? Vince Gilligan became my hero when he presented to us, in the most explosive way possible, a journey to find the answers. He allowed me to hope, to wonder, and to learn more about myself through fantastic characters in a fantastic lens.
This is why I write.
Because I don’t want the next me to miss being inspired and excited enough to share their logins. I do it because I want to create characters so compelling and plot twists so earth shattering, you couldn’t ever forget or recover from them. Spoilers so rich it kills you not to tell your friends, while still giving you tremendous satisfaction for having seen the story unfold first. If you hadn’t, you wouldn’t have been the pioneer who found this treasure you can now share.
You, dear reader, deserve the thrills and sorrow and satisfaction I’ve felt. You deserve them over and over, delivered to you on a silver fucking platter. My “why” is so you can have stories to grow alongside the way I’ve grown with the ones I’ve loved. And maybe, just maybe, they’ll help you find your own “why” along the way too.
So again, welcome, thanks from the bottom of my heart for joining me, and please, pass me back my goddamn beer.
A few fun facts about me:
Though I’m now based in Austin, TX I actually grew up in (on?) Long Island, NY. I came to Austin to attend the University of Texas, from which I received my undergraduate degree. During my time there I was involved as a writer/editor for several scholastic newsletter publications as well.
I’m extremely pleased to say Crimson River and Crystal Eyes, the first two novels in the Civilands series, are now available in e-book and paperback! Book 3 of the series: Crescent Heart is next to be released March 2018!
Beyond my work as an author/writer I enjoy hiking with my border-collie / lab mix Luna, watching sports (New York Rangers hockey and Texas Longhorns football!), spending time with friends and family, and playing music.