Friday, 5 July 2013

Author Interview: Bobby Nash

About the Author:

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

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 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  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.  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.