A Loser Like Me

A Loser Like Me by [Burton, Nathan]

In the distant future, an ordinary girl from Mars has an extraordinary dream: to be the greatest bank robber the Galaxy has ever known! Experience Beth’s exciting journey first hand as she recounts how she overcame various obstacles and inconceivable odds to finally achieve her unlikely ambition.

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Q&A with author Nathan Burton

In your own words, how would you pitch this to a studio if they were interested in turning this book into a film?

I would pitch it as a unique perspective on a heist movie, set in the future. It’s an underdog tale that revolves around a girl realising her lifelong ambition and going against all the doubters and obstacles that come her way.

What inspired you to write from a female’s point of view?

At the time, I had a few ideas in my head for the next book I wanted to write and I thought it would be interesting if one of them had a female protagonist as my previous books revolved around males. When I settled on the idea of doing a novel about a bank robbery, I thought it would be a cool challenge to not only have it revolve around a female protagonist, but to be told directly from her point of view as well. I think I made the right choice as normally when you think about this genre, you tend to associate it with men, but there’s no real reason why it should be that way.

The bank robbery is so fantastic and elaborate! How did you manage to research this?

In terms of the actual robbery, I wanted it to be refreshing. I didn’t want it to be too familiar to other stories that I had read/seen before so I just wanted to make sure it included certain factors (crew assembly, a hitch in the plan, an item that was introduced earlier that would prove to be helpful later, etc) I also thought back to stories I had read from other genres and how I always enjoyed the parts that focused on the ambition/preparation aspect.

I love all the characters in this book. Who was your favorite? (Because everyone is amazing, you can pick more than one!!)

Ooh, that’s a tough one. In terms of writing, I would say that The Interloper was my favourite. I enjoyed constructing his persona from the ground up.

Which demographic are you hoping to reach out to? I felt like this could be YA, but it could also be so many others. What do you think?

I’m hoping to reach out to an audience aged 13 and upwards. The themes covered in the novel aren’t too explicit and I think people of that age would enjoy the different types of characters within it.

What surprised you the most while writing this book?

I was surprised by how long I managed to get the planning section of the heist to go. It was important to me that the foundation to the heist had enough time to do it justice and allow for an interesting enough build up so the reader can feel satisfied with the main event.

I love how genuine and loveable each character/criminal is, which is hard to do. Great job at making each one relatable and likeable! They’re criminals, but there’s a heart to each and everyone of them. What was that process like for you?

It was very important for me to highlight the flaws/virtues of the characters involved. This goes double for the main character, Beth. I wanted the reader to realise that her illegal ambition didn’t necessarily come from a place of malice. The team consists of genuine people with genuine feelings and dreams. It was really fun for me to explore the ramifications of these qualities.

What inspired you to come up with the name for the book?

I wanted a title that highlights how the main character views herself as an underdog, yet strives for greatness anyway. Beth is well aware of how society sees her and what expectations they have of her. She owns that and uses it as fuel for her ambition.

Lastly, because I am a film nerd, I have to ask, what are some of your favorite movies?

The Star Wars franchise will always be my favourite, without a doubt. Other favourite films of mine include Marvel movies, The Fifth Element and Sword of the Stranger.

About the Author

My name is Nathan Burton and I am an author from Northolt in West London. I am mainly a sci-fi writer, due to my love of shows and movies such as The Fifth Element, Star Wars and Doctor Who. However, my writing is also influenced by love of anime and comic books, particularly ones created by Marvel.

I’ve been writing since I started Sixth Form and hope to continue writing for years to come. It’s always satisfying to see a storyline come together and observe a world beginning to form from the contents of my imagination!

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