G.M Nair is a fantasy author known for his sense of humor. His Duckett and Dyer series will have you laughing till you cry. When I originally reviewed his first book, Duckett & Dyer: Dicks For Hire the first words I could think of were “Good Lord. Where do I start?” All I knew was that where the story started was certainly not where it was going to end.
About the Author
G.M. Nair is a crazy person who should never be taken seriously. Despite possessing both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a job as an Aviation and Aerospace Consultant, he has written comedy for the stage and screen, and is the author of the highly un-lucrative Duckett & Dyer: Dicks For Hire series of novels.
G.M. Nair lives in New York City and in a constant state of delusion.
We already have your official bio, now we want to challenge you to describe yourself in ten words or less…Go!
I’m the kind of guy who’d correct ‘less’ to ‘fewer’.
Who or what are your inspirations when it comes to writing? Is it a particular author or authors, art, history, culture, current events, something else? How have they influenced your work?
I draw my inspirations from everything I loved to read and watch growing up. The works of authors like Douglas Adams, Agatha Christie, and Isaac Asimov, along with TV shows and Movies like Doctor Who, Psych, Bill and Ted, Big Trouble in Little China and a host of others just feed into my repository of stories and style, which is then emptied into a big blender when I add my own personal twists to the material.
I try to write stuff that I would want to read (as niche an audience as there ever was), so I try to make my writing read as a love letter to those things that inspire me.
What do you love about self-publishing and on the flipside what drives you nuts about it? What aspects of self-publishing do you excel at and in what ways do you struggle?
The best part about self-publishing is the amount of control I have over my final product. I like to insert a lot of jokes in my covers and front matter that really wouldn’t pass the filter of traditional publishing – especially the fake blurbs and reviews. It’s nice being able to give my books a little extra zazz without any restrictions.
And I think that’s where I excel at self-pubbing, producing a unique, quirky product with a decent amount of detailed polish.
On the other hand, I absolutely hate the marketing aspect of self-publishing. All my humor is tongue in-cheek and self-deprecating, and that’s the only way I know how to communicate with the world. So it makes self-promotion very difficult for me. I’ve had good luck with twitter, though, but (a) that will only get you so far and (b) it’s an infuriating hellsite.
What does your daily writing process look like? What do you do to get in the writing zone? How many hours do you write or do you go for a word count? Tell us everything!
Honestly, I wish I had a daily writing process, because it’d make me sound like a more focus person. But there’s really no routine or rituals I have. I just try to sit down as much as I can, whenever I can and bang out a vomit draft in a few months. Then I just then go back and constantly tweak it until I’m satisfied.
What do you think makes a good story?
I think a good story sucks you in and doesn’t let you go until you’re hanging on the final words. Whether it be through voice, concepts, or plot, a good story grabs your interest and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Also, lasers. All good stories have lasers.
When did you first learn that language had power?
The first time I accidentally cursed in front of my mom as a kid. I saw true power that day, and it hurts.
Are you a reader, and if so, which book inspired you?
I’m gonna go with the obvious one and say The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy. It’s the gold standard for sci-fi comedies and deservedly so. It does a lot of things that haven’t really been seen before or since and was a huge inspiration to me growing up. It showed me you can still have a well-built, interesting, elaborate story that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Do you have a set writing schedule?
I’d like to say I have the discipline to schedule some writing every day, but right now I’m filling out interview questions instead of working on a new manuscript.
Do current events affect your writing, or do you try and keep life and your stories separate?
Woof. This is probably more relevant than ever. But, personally, I’ve made a conscious decision to keep real life and my stories separate. There’s a reason I set Duckett & Dyer: Dicks For Hire in the far off year of 2013, and it’s because I knew that the frivolous fun adventure stories I wanted to write wouldn’t necessarily fly with everything going on post-2016.
If you could have dinner with any three figures from fiction, who would they be and why?
Godzilla, King Kong, and Ultraman. Because I want dinner and a show.
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I s2g every interview Nair does is hilarious xD His humor elevates the books so much, and he’s truly a gem of humorous sci-fi (a fantastic genre imo). I thrived on that Hitchhiker’s shoutout btw.