Friday, 5 July 2013
Author Interview: Bobby Nash
When not distracted by shiny objects, Bobby Nash, the 2013 Pulp Ark Award Winner for Best Author, writes a little of everything including novels, short stories, comic books, novellas, graphic novels, screenplays, and even a little pulp fiction just for good measure. Visit Bobby at www.bobbynash.com.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
BN: I usually have a general idea where the story is going and have plots bouncing around in my head. Sometimes I even jot down notes. What I don’t do is detailed outlines. I’ve tried to do them, but once I get that done I find myself losing interest in writing the actual prose because I feel I’ve already told the story in the outline.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
BN: Constantly, and I’m so happy when they do. Sometimes those pesky characters have made a story better because they wouldn’t do what I wanted them to do. This caused me to have to examine the story and see what happens next.
What is your favourite food?
BN: Like “who is your favorite author?” this one probably changes from day to day. Today, I'’ have to say pepperoni pizza.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
BN: Definitely a night owl. Morning is when I generally go to bed.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
BN: I would love to travel outside of the United States, which I have not yet done. Plus, there is still a lot of the U.S.A. I’ve not seen yet so there are a lot of places I’d like to visit.
Do distant places feature in your books?
BN: Sometimes. I have written stories that take place on other planets, in different dimension, halfway around the world, and just down the street.
Do you listen to music while writing?
BN: I use music as background noise when I’m writing. It’s nice to know it’s there, but I start to tune it out once I get into writing.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
BN: The latest book to released featuring my work is The Big Bad: An Anthology of Evil from Dark Oak Press. The Big Bad is the brainchild of John Hartness, a fantastic writer in his own right. He put together this anthology focusing on the baddest of the bad and invited me to contribute a story.
My story is called “Lowlife.”
When Jack Sebastian walked out of prison there was nothing waiting for him but a long stretch of empty road and a long walk in triple digit temps under a blazing sun. When the old man offered him a ride he dared not refuse. That decision was the start of the longest ride of Jack Sebastian’s life.
The Big Bad: An Anthology of Evil is available as a hardcover, paperback, and ebook. There are links at www.bobbynash.com under the Short Stories/Novellas tab.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
BN: Probably the biggest lesson learned is that there is more to being a writer than writing. Since I started writing professionally I’ve learned marketing, promotion, public speaking, planning, scheduling, sales, how to write press releases, website creation, audio production, and so much more. Writing has become a part of the overall job of being a writer.
Is there anything you would do differently?
BN: If I had to do it all over again, I would have probably gotten serious about treating writing like a career earlier. It might have saved me some headaches along the way.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
BN: Oh, so many things. Inspiration is everywhere. First and foremost, I get inspired by my peers, my friends, and other creative people I meet. Seeing others succeed inspires me to be the best I can be.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
BN: If your intention is to write for a living then you have to treat it like a job instead of a hobby. That means sleepless nights when short deadlines come calling, and they will. It means sitting at home writing while your family and friends are out enjoying themselves. It means setting a schedule and sticking to it. Most importantly, it means meeting deadlines.
What are three words that describe you?
BN: Tired Writer Guy
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
BN: This one is a lot like the favorite food question in that the answer changes from day to day. I tend to go through fazes where a certain book or author rises to the top.
Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book
BN: I have several projects scheduled to come out this year, but don’t have firm dates from the publishers as yet. I believe the next thing coming out is The Spider: Extreme Prejudice a pulp anthology from Moonstone Books. Also on tap is Domino Lady “Strange Bedfellows,” a novel for Moonstone Books, Fight Card: Barefoot Bones a novel from Fight Card Books, Zombies Vs. Robots, a prose anthology from IDW, and more. You can chcek out the coming soon section of www.bobbynash.com for a list of the ones that have been announced.
List of previous books if any
BN: This could be a pretty long list. I’ve had four novels published. Evil Ways (myster/thriller), Deadly Games! (action/thriller), Earthstrike Agenda (sci fi/thriller), and Fantastix (sci fi/super hero). All are still available except Fantastix, which is out of print. I’ve also written shorter pieces for several anthologies as well as comic books and graphic novels. www.bobbynash.com has a full list.
Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.
BN: I’m all over the web, but here are a few places I visit almost daily.