Published July 19th, 2013
Nitro City, 2033.
Leon "Catwalk" Caliber left his cop job in DC behind, heading to the City of Angels to earn a living off the grid. He took a few odd jobs that called for his particular skill set – extortion, espionage, and the occasional hit – and managed to carve out a niche for himself among the Downtown dwellers.
All the changed when a new breed of MetaHuman cyborg appeared on the streets with explosive violence. Cat’s quiet existence is sent into turmoil when he finds himself right in the crosshairs. He must evade the assassin squads sent by a vengeful pimp, uncover the origin of these mysterious new mechs, and keep the cops off of his tail. Simple enough, except that the cybernetic technology that powers his body threatens to sever his humanity at any moment.
Can the killer with a conscience find a cure, solve the case, get the girl, and live to see another day?
How easy (or difficult) is it to write a book of this genre? Which was the biggest challenge?
I’ve been immersed in sci-fi my entire life. I grew up on “Star Wars” movies, an even comics back in the late 70’s. I’ve owned anime movies from VHS to movies on demand. I played RPG’s like Gamma World, Shadowrun, and Cyberpunk 2020. Writing this wasn’t difficult at all. The whole process was like sharing something fascinating with all your friends.
Loving the genre was easy. Writing was tough because it involved learning new skills like proofing, editing, and engaging beta readers and accountability partners. After all that, there had to be a moment where you realize that you can turn the editing process into an infinity loop. At one point, you have to consider that turkey cooked and ready for people to devour it.
The biggest challenge involved writing by the rules. I managed to sidestep some usual writer pitfalls like fear of speaking, promoting, and marketing. I’m fortunate to have spent most of my life on stage as a musician and speaker, and I’ve been told I’ve never met a microphone I didn’t love. Many writers I know simply want to write and hand off the post-published efforts to a staff. I don’t mind any of the promo stuff, which is good, because my staff consists of my blushing bride, Stacia, and myself.
My advice to any aspiring writers would be this – WRITE! Finish whatever it is that you’re writing. It will not be perfect the first time around. If anyone tells you that it is, seek other opinions ASAP. Every time I put this book into another person’s hands, I was rewarded with constructive criticism. The story improved and the characters grew as a result. Find an accountability partner. Find a coach. Get together with other writers. Never be afraid to share your work with others. (Just choose them wisely!)
Thanks for the chance to share my voice with everyone. Please check out my first sci-fi novel, “Catwalk: Messiah” out now, and stay tuned for “Ichi”, the first book in the Urban Samurai Chronicles that Stacia and I are writing together.
Nick grew up on sci-fi, horror flicks, Dungeons and Dragons, good music, and recycled comic books. He has been published internationally as a comic book author and musician. He’s spent over half his life on stage from New York to Las Vegas. He is outspoken, supportive, and willing to take a good kick to the ribs for the right cause. When not touring the world, Nick lives at home with his blushing bride (and co-author), Dr. Stacia Kelly, their son, and a rotating roster of cats and dogs.