Born and raised in Manchester and heavily influenced by music, film and literature, N.J. has aspired to work in and around the creative arts since his teenage years. It was only when he hit his late twenties that life took a fortunate turn and gave him the opportunity to fulfil those dreams. He was invited to write for a local online music fanzine, naturally jumping at the chance to review and interview underground bands on the rock music scene. It quickly became apparent from feedback that he had a natural flair for creative writing within the industry, and he continues to be a writer and reviewer on the scene to this day.
Over the years, his involvement with music continued to progress and he now co-hosts and co-runs the Sonic Bandwagon radio show on Stockport radio station, Pure 107.8FM. This enthusiasm for music has become an integral part of his writing, very evident in his first novel, Lost in Manchester, Found in Vegas.
I’ll be talking to N.J. about the novel, his music writing, and his influences. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.
Catch the show on Saturday at 2pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).
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