Hi there. And welcome to my study. When I'm not planning history lessons, or marking high school papers, it's between these walls that I plot my stories. Some involve the future, some the past, some are for adults, some are for kids, but they always take me to some place far away, an exciting one, a dangerous one, never a locale where you'd want to vacation, but one which you'd love to tour nonetheless.
It's a funny thing. I have studied a lot of history, both ancient and modern. I love reading about science and digesting hard facts. But when it comes to explaining the world around me, and bringing all my thoughts together, I prefer to write fiction, not history or journalism. Fiction is in some sense lying, yet my lies (in my eyes at least) seem more convincing than the truth itself. Certainly, they're much more interesting to spin!
Whom do I write for? Who's the right candidate for my lies... that is, my stories? If you'd like to read how the past and future mix, you might be interested in Laughing Wolf, a story about the last Latin speaker (in the year 2213) who discovers that our future depends upon Latin. If you wish to read about the Holocaust and rock 'n roll - believe me, it isn't what you'd expect -then my adult novel Dead Man's Float might be your thing. Unless you like tales about Neanderthals bent on world domination, or the story of a locksmith and his friendship with two man-sized frogs. Join me in my study. Come meet the characters who've been born in this room, and spend time with some of my favorite people, schemers, dreamers and anarchists. Welcome to nicholasmaes.com!