|Adam Niswander was an Arizona based writer. He is best know for The Sham Cycle novels, The Charm, The Serpent Slayers, The Hound Hunters, and The War of the Whisperers. Adam was also the author of the critically acclaimed The Sand Dwellers, The Cost of the Cure and The Repository. At the time of his death he was working on a new novel.
Born in Flushing, New York in 1946, Adam came to Arizona in 1977. During hs lifetime Adam was a writer, an actor, a Vietnam vet, a bookstore owner, a past president of the Central Arizona Speculative Fiction Society (CASFS) and a minister in the Macro Society Community Church of the Macro Society Community which he helped create. He was a regular on the local convention scene and with his long time friend, Mark Boniece, founded MythosCon, a tribute to H.P. Lovecraft, in 2010.
In recent years Adam's health had declined and he died April 12, 2012 at the VA Hospital in Phoenx AZ.
He will be missed
Tributes and Memories of Adam
Adam Niswander's Last Story Writing Advice
An Appreciation by Mike Griffin
I visited Adam in hospice a few weeks before he died, to drop off some typing paper for him. He was hard at work on a new novel and showed me part of a chapter. He only had two questions for me after I read it: does it make sense, and is it not hokey? I agreed with both questions and confessed that while I am good at analysis, I am bad at judging a story. He gave me his final advice about writing then: what matters is if it intrigues you enough to want to keep reading (yes it did). He cut through a Gordian knot and gave me some simple principles. Combine those three points and you get the essence of how to write: does it make sense and is it not hokey but intriguing enough to make you keep reading. Thank you, Adam.