About the Author
Nathan Daniels lives with psychological disorders including Agoraphobia, Borderline Personality Disorder, Insomnia, and OCD. Abused in his youth, orphaned and homeless as a teenager, he became self-abusive and suicidal as an adult. Against all odds he has survived, and now advocates for suicide prevention and
awareness through his writing.
• How did your book come to life?
I started writing as a self-prescribed form of therapy, and honestly had no idea that what I was writing
would become “Surviving the Fourth Cycle” someday. I was suicidal, had already been hospitalized, and
was running out of options for therapy. I would spend, sometimes 10 hours a day scribbling away in
notebooks… in my basement, trying to unlock the secrets of my mind and save my life. A year, and
thousands of hand-written pages later, I realized I had something that resembled a book.
•What other books are most similar to yours?
I’m an avid reader, and I don’t think I’ve ever read anything similar to Surviving the Fourth Cycle, which
truly is a unique book. With that being said, I can name some of my favorite non-fiction that deals with
similar subject matter. For a heart-wrenching story about severe abuse, I would recommend “A Child
Called It” by Dave Pelzer… definitely one of the most horrific cases of child abuse I’ve ever read. I’m
also a big fan of Andy Behrman’s “Electroboy", which is a great book if you want an unapologetic and
real insight into what it’s like to live with mental illness. Finally, a great book about self-discovery and
gaining control of your life is, “The Third Sunrise,” by Natalie Champagne, a talented new author from
•Why do you think your readers are going to enjoy your book?
This is a very real and honest, first-person account, of what it’s like to lose your mind along with your
will to live. This book captures my journey, as I overcome the suicidal tendencies I’ve battled for twenty
years and learn to live with my mental illness.I think people who suffer from similar afflictions will feel less alone in the world when they read mybook, and be reminded that the human soul can survive great adversity. For those who don’t suffer with these ailments, I offer a genuine insight into what it’s like to live with widely misunderstood disorders like Agoraphobia and Social Anxiety Disorder.Also, Surviving the Fourth Cycle isn’t a negative experience at all. I do go into great detail about being avictim of sexual abuse, social isolation, losing my mom to cancer… and my dad two months later tobronchial pneumonia –being orphaned and homeless as a teenager, mental illness, self-abuse, and suicide.In the end, however, my story is about surviving these things, embracing the love of my family, and finally living my life.There are also some things you might not expect in a book like this. For example; my experience staying in a well-known haunted house, how close I came to being a professional wrestler and an American Gladiator, my views on parenthood, and an incredible love story… that proves true love can weather any storm.
•How long did it take you to write your book?
I spent approximately a year writing in depth journal entries about my daily struggles, and extremely
personal essays about the experiences and relationships in my life. It took another three months to weave
these ingredients together into something that would be reader-friendly and (hopefully) entertaining. I
then spent a couple more months re-writing the final draft until it was as good as I felt I could get it.• Who designed the cover? I came up with the idea for the image of a chain breaking against a simple white background. The chain breaking can represent completely opposite concepts, strength or weakness, depending on how you look at it. Ultimately, it’s a symbol of breaking the chains that bound me, letting go of my past, and finally being free from the beckoning of the graveyard.
A cover designer named Todd Engel, who works with my publisher, Booklocker.com, brought my idea to
•What are you doing to market the book? Are you using social media?
The most important thing, is having a website to showcase what the book’s all about, and that’s
I definitely use social media to share my story, and get the word out about my book. I’m active on all the
major networks; Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, MySpace, Pinterest, Youtube, and even sites for
book lovers like GoodReads.com. I also write articles on a wide range of content, relevant to my book,
and share them on a regular basis through sites like SelfGrowth.com. I’m active on a couple poetry sites
too, like AllPoetry.com, where I enter my poems in contests and am able to promote my book through my
profile pages. My favorite thing to do is write blogs for a great site called therealsupermumblog.com. I
also have three video trailers for Surviving the Fourth Cycle that can be seen on my Youtube channel.
• In two sentences or less can you tell readers something unique about your book?
The journal entries that appear in Surviving the Fourth Cycle are completely authentic, copied directly out
of my notebooks, and most of them were written at times when I would have been considered clinically
insane (I was often ignoring visual and audio hallucinations when I would write). I never try to paint a
certain picture of myself, or make myself out to be “good” or “bad” I just tell my story, as is, completely
uncensored and without the woe-is-me attitude that you might expect in a book like this.
• List three adjectives that describe your book as a whole:
Honest. Emotional. Insightful.
• Where can a reader purchase your book?
You can purchase Surviving the Fourth Cycle directly through my publisher, (you can read the first two
chapters here as well), at…
The book is also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and most online bookstores.
After a turbulent childhood filled with traumatic events, including the death of his parents, Nathan
Daniels downward spiraled into hopeless despair and thoughts of suicide. Orphaned and homeless, he
miraculously clawed his way out of the bottom of the barrel and lived a relatively normal life for nearly
five years before he felt himself starting to slip into a familiar darkness. A cycle had begun that would
continue to repeat itself throughout his life with ever-growing intensity and threats.
Surviving the Fourth Cycle swings pendulously back and forth between two stories that ultimately bleed
You will experience the author's most recent battle with mental illness through raw and honest journal
entries that give you a rare "fly on the wall" perspective from a truly haunted mind. At the same time,
Nathan rips his closet door off its hinges and lets all the skeletons come rattling out through a series of
writings that are, in essence, the chapters of his life. You are in for a bumpy ride as he picks through the
bones in these extremely personal essays that examine the intense relationships and experiences that have
led to both his struggle to function in society, and his ability to persevere.