Friday Night Drinks with… Nathan Sritharan

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It’s the beginning of the weekend and time for another Friday Night Drink. Tonight I am delighted to welcome to the blog, author… Nathan Sritharan.

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Welcome Nathan and thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?

Thank you for having me, I’m enjoying a Japanese whiskey, Hibiki, on the rocks of course.

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If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?

The night would likely start out in the cinema for either a comedy or Marvel movie, from here we’d go for dinner, ideally for a curry and we’d end the night at a brew house for a few craft beers.

Sounds perfect, I’m looking forward to all those things as soon as we are allowed again! If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?

I’m a huge fan of comedy and excellent writers so it would have to be Eddie Murphy and Tina Fey. The only downside to this would be me laughing so much that I’d likely spit out my drink.

So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?

I’m currently working on my 2nd book, the follow up to my debut novel, however trying to write this last year with constant lockdowns, working from home and my 3rd son being born has been incredibly difficult. The 2nd book is part of a trilogy I’ve been working on for years, I finally published Book One early last year but COVID has really thrown a spanner into the works.

What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?

My proudest moment has been finishing and holding a physical copy of my first book in my hands. It was something I’d been planning and working on for years and to finally feel the book and see the cover was beyond anything I could imagine.

The biggest challenge was researching the self-publishing process and figuring out the best way to promote and market my work. If I’m  honest I think this is something that will be a constant learning curve as there will always be better way to present yourself and your product.

What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!

I’ve never been one for wanting millions of pounds (however nice that would be), my ambitions lie in wanting to be a successful writer, preferably being able to write as a full time profession. I love creating stories and creative content so a writing job I could do at home which allows me to balance my work with my family would be the dream.

What are have planned that you are really excited about?

Since last March and the first lockdown my wife and I have made a list of ALL of the things we’ve wanted to do which we’ve been unable to do. This has ranged from going to a water park or theme park to going to a variety of musical festivals and of course going on holidays both in and out of England.

 I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?

I spent 2 weeks in Thailand for my brothers in-laws wedding, we travelled to a small island called Koh Chang, the food and scenery were out of this world. Although I did love Bangkok as well the smaller island was a literal paradise.

Koh Chang

I’ve always been fascinated with Brazil and I’m not sure why, as a kid it looked like such a glorious place to visit, beautiful beaches and of course the rain forest were both very appealing to me. I’d generally love to explore all of South America.

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Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself.

I’ve been and still am a HUGE wrestling fan, I consider it the best soap opera ever made. It has equal parts drama, comedy and athleticism and it’s fortunately something I can share with my kids.

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Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?

Anything by Lucy V Hay, I know that isn’t one book but her work is fantastic. Not only does she produce beautifully crafted stories The Coven being her latest release, she also offers incredibly insightful and helpful advice for writers and authors. I’ve been following her work for years now.

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Let me repeat myself, so we can be very clear. Women are not the enemy. We must protect them from themselves, as much as we must protect ourselves.

Imagine a world in which witchcraft is real. In which mothers hand down power to their daughters, power that is used harmlessly and peacefully.

Then imagine that the US President is a populist demagogue who decides that all witches must be imprisoned for their own safety, as well as the safety of those around them – creating a world in which to be female is one step away from being criminal…

As witches across the world are rounded up, one young woman discovers a power she did not know she had. It’s a dangerous force and it puts her top of the list in a global witch hunt.

But she – and the women around her – won’t give in easily. Not while all of women’s power is under threat.

I actually have a copy of this waiting on my TBR, I have heard great things about it. So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?

I’ve yet to find a failsafe plan to preventing a hangover, however I’ve found stodgy food and plenty of water before bed helps reduce hangover symptoms the next day.

I weirdly find exercise (swimming or running) the next day can help shake off a hangover, I’m sure there’s a science to that but it does help me, the hardest part is finding the energy to actually get up and go. Also, a beer and something spicy helps with the hangover.

After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?

Relaxing by a pool or by a beach with a few beers and some friends and family would be perfect for me most weekends, throw in some group games and I’m a happy man.

Thank you so much for hanging out with me this evening, Nathan, it has been great fun.

Nathan’s debut novel, The Big Smoke, is out now in paperback and ebook formats and you can buy a copy here.

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The Big Smoke is set in a modern day dystopian London, after years of mistreatment towards those who work hard to keep the country afloat the country slowly descends into chaos after the 2011 London Riots, when a revolution takes over the city and other major cities around the country.

Throughout this time of anarchy and uncertainty one woman, who refers to herself as THE BOSS, rises up from angry YouTube vlogger to the Prime Minister of Britain who eventually isolates the city of London from the rest of the country with a giant fence. After years of promising to make the country a better place for all, corruption and power take over and she loses track of her original intentions, gang warfare breaks out in the city and London becomes divided between supporters of The Boss and those who resist her.

With nobody able to escape, the city is left in a constant state of civil war with no end in sight. NICK KING, the second in command to The Boss, who has been with her since humble beginnings, can no longer sit and do nothing as The Boss continues to destroy the city she swore to save. He goes on a daring mission with his sister in tow to escape the city and bring The Boss down once and for all.

Nathan Sritharan is a husband and a father of two who was born and raised in London. Coming from a mixed race Sri Lankan/British background, Nathan grew up in a very diverse world. He was exposed to a variety of cultures and a wide array of cinema and TV, quite often viewing content he shouldn’t have been, however, he attributes his early introduction to media to his vivid imagination and creative storytelling.

Nathan always had a fascination with compelling storytelling and a particular interest in how stories were put together, specifically how characters and subplots were interwoven within a story. Nathan would often write short stories and poems as a child and later in life he wrote scripts throughout his TV and Film University course. He currently works as a freelance script writer for an independent film company, a trainee Relationship Counsellor and for the NHS. Despite Nathan’s occasional blunder with spelling and grammar, which he faults to a failing and inflexible school system, a severely dyslexic mother and a father whose second language is broken English, he has always been very good at putting stories together and coming up with unique ideas, the proof of this being in the number of awards he has won for his writing at secondary school and University.   

Nathan spent most of his life doing what he felt needed to be done of him, going to college, graduating from University and finding a career he would be in until retirement. When he wanted to break away from this pattern he wasn’t given much in the way of support and felt restricted by an unhelpful system, a system he saw restrict so many other people around him. It wasn’t until Nathan was forced out of the “traditional” patterns of life did he get an opportunity to start looking at his own path, which unfortunately still came with constraints out of his control, including being evicted and forced into temporary housing with his family, through no fault of their own.

Nathan’s writing brings together his love of storytelling and the atrocious behaviour and treatment he has seen impact hard working people every day.

Find about more about Nathan via his website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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