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N. M. Rudolph

Location: Willow Grove, PA, United States

Gender: M

Member Since: July 2018

Last online: December 2018

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Nathan Rudolph is an enigma trapped inside an everyday, friendly bloke. Roughly half the time, he frets about trivial things. The other half of the time, though, he has limitless dreams. And not just his own dreams; he has dreams for everyone. He would believe in your dreams too if you let him hear enough about them.

It is as likely as not that he loves to hear his own voice, but, depending on the day, you would love to hear his voice too. He wraps together contradictory things like math and poetry as if they flowed from the same fountain — and you can almost believe him.

Though it is an uphill battle, he tries to see the good in everyone. He always seeks to add people to his patchwork family. Growing up with four brothers and, in his younger years, too many neighbors to count, he developed a strong sense of community — maybe even a strong need for community. Nathan dove into a couple catastrophes. He has never been ashamed to admit the hardship of his broken marriage, but he places great value on the growing power of adversity.

Nowadays, he is trying to build a tutoring business while writing a book and keeping up with his many hobbies.

What makes you special as a writer? People often feel comfortable talking about their lives with me. I especially love to hear their stories: their hopes and their fears. This allows me to inherit others’ experiences. Every time I hear a new dream or a new dread, it adds a layer to all that I can imagine in my own life and the lives of my characters.

Who or what inspires you to write? I have been inspired by other authors. I have been inspired by my own, aching need to be heard and understood. I have been inspired by the heartaches of others. I have been inspired by love and loathing. I have been inspired by formal writing prompts. I have been inspired by mythology, math, science, and religion. I have been inspired by the desire to test out a literary device, the weather, my emotions, requests, strange incidents, conversations, arguments, quotations, and poems.

What constitutes a great novel? A great novel creates new worlds that you’ve always known but never knew how to articulate. The best novels contain those sentences or scenes that you repeat to yourself to explain what’s going on in your life or that you recite to others to help them understand you. They can be realistic, they can be fantastic, but they always teach you something about yourself and the world around you that couldn’t be captured outside of fiction.

What is your favorite part about the writing process? I love getting to know my characters and, at the same time, getting to know myself. Sometimes, I think my characters are just facets of me. Sometimes, they seem to make their own choices. Sometimes, I can’t tell if I’m influencing my characters’ behaviors or they’re influencing mine. It goes both ways I suppose. Overall, it is delightful discovering more about myself and the world around me as I watch their stories unfold and occasionally help guide them.


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