I once had to write a short bio for a local newspaper because of an award I won in high school (Foreign Language Sterling Scholar). The sample biographies they gave me were really boring, so I wrote instead, “To love, to hate, to be hated. To be Nathaniel Hardman.” The people giving me the award were NOT amused and demanded I write a normal biography or they would take the award back. I wrote the boring bio (“Nathaniel Hardman is the son of blah blah and blah blah and was born in yada yada…”), but I still think the short one was better.
So I won't bore you with that kind of biography. Instead, here are some quick factoids about me:
For my sixteenth birthday, my sister Heather (one of my eight siblings) gave me a unicycle. I never got amazing at it, but I did get good enough to race in the first ever Unicycle Utah Triathlon. Sometimes I still get it out and chase my kids on it -- they ride their bikes around our cul-de-sac, and they're faster than I am, but I can make sharper turns, and my hands are free, so I can sometimes tag them as they go by.
When I was nineteen, I embarked on a two-year proselytizing mission for my church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was assigned to Chile (Santiago and the Quinta Región). It was a fantastic experience, and I came away with a great love for Chile and its people (and a great recipe for empanadas).
I've wanted to be a writer since I was a little kid (since reading Fat Men from Space by Daniel Pinkwater in third grade), but I got my bachelor's in statistics and my master's in business. I did take a class on poetry writing along the way though, and it's had a surprisingly big impact on my writing style.
My debut novel SCHOOL has sold millions of copies worldwide and has been translated into more than a dozen languages (this bullet point is post-dated 1/1/2023).
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