Nicholas Snelling really hopes you’re not expecting him to write his ‘author profile’ in the third-person. Who does that, he wonders? He cannot think of anything more cringe-worthy…
Nick’s day gig is an award-winning creative director in the advertising world. That said, please don't hold that against him because everyone knows AdLand creatives are obnoxious narcissists, arguably even worse than people who habitually refer to themselves in the third person.
Nick is also a writer, and has scribbled all sorts of stuff, both online and in print, for everyone from the Sydney Morning Herald to Mumbrella and even Metalsucks, to list a few of the less insalubrious publications. Nick is also a film and TVC director, and a screenplay writer.
For the last seven years ago, Nick has embarked upon penning writing a ‘post-post-apocalyptic grim-dark steampunk samurai fantasy series’ that possesses (he hopes) something of a literary flair. The first of these novels is called The Wyvern and the Wolf, and it will form part of a larger series.
Whenever anyone asks Nick what the books are about, his response is to repeat a line from one of the book's earliest reviews (and what has since become his dumbed-down elevator pitch): ‘Imagine Game of Thrones meets Cormac McCarthy except with ninja, samurai, steampunk technology, evil priests, monsters and a whole bunch more.’
At which point, a few people’s eyes might glaze over, while others edge politely away. But a lot more say, ‘That sounds EXACTLY like something I’d love to read!’
Interestingly, the fantasy series represents a unique, creative partnership with Stevic Mackay of the band Twelve Foot Ninja, Mackay's manager Dave MacGregor, and their new publishing venture The Venn Gents. The first novel will be released in conjunction with Twelve Foot Ninja’s new album, VENGEANCE.
Nick has also just authored his first children’s book, BAREBUM BILLY, about a little boy who loves to strip off and run around in the nude, much to the abject horror of his neurotic toy robot, the embarrassment of his long-suffering parents, and the fury of various conservative folk.