Pre-Interview : Bobby Nash is an award-winning author. He writes novels (Snow, Evil Ways, Deadly Games!, Night veil: Crisis at the Crossroads of Infinity), comic books (Edgar Rice Burroughs’ At The Earth’s Core, Domino Lady, Operation: Silver Moon), short fiction (Mama Tried, Domino Lady, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar, The Avenger), and the odd short screenplay (Starship Farragut “Conspiracy of Innocence, Hospital Ship Marie Curie “Under Fire”). Bobby is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers. He occasionally appears in movies and TV shows, usually standing behind your favorite actor and sometimes they let him act. Recently, he was seen in Creep show, Joe Stryker, Doom Patrol, The Outsider, Ozark, Lodge 49, Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters, and more. He also draws from time to time.
He was named Best Author in the 2013 Pulp Ark Awards. Rick Ruby, a character co-created by Bobby & Sean Taylor also snagged Best New Pulp Character of 2013. Bobby has been nominated for the 2014 New Pulp Awards and Pulp Factory Awards for his work. Bobby's novel, Alexandra Holzer's Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt won a Paranormal Literary Award in the 2015 Paranormal Awards. The Bobby Nash penned episode of Starship Farragut "Conspiracy of Innocence" won the Silver Award in the 2015 DC Film Festival. Bobby's novel, Snow Drive was nominated for Best Novel in the 2018 Pulp Factory Awards. Bobby's story in The Ruby Files Vol. 2 "Takedown" won the 2018 Pulp Factory Award for Best Short Story.
1.What inspires you most to write?
Getting the stories out of my head and into the world is a wonderful feeling. Seeing the story come to life is still a thrill for me. Plus, since I became a full-time author, I also find deadlines rather inspiring. Ha! Ha!
2. What is your favorite genre?
I love thrillers. I write a lot of thrillers and often mix ‘n match them with other genres. Mystery/thriller, action/thriller, crime/thriller, sci-fi/thriller, you name it and a thriller can be mixed with it. There’s something fun in the unknown, the mystery and suspense that goes along with a thriller story. I love playing in that genre.
3. Who is one author you admire if any and why?
Okay, this is a tough one. I admire so many authors and what they do that narrowing it down is hard, so much so that I answered all the other questions first then came back to this one. An author who leaps to the top of the list is John Hartness. Not only is John a hard-working writer who spins some of the most hilarious stories I’ve ever read, but he is a great guy and a master at sales and promotion, not only for his books, for the books of others. When he started a publishing company and began publishing other writers, I was not surprised. I was also not surprised at the success Falstaff Books has had since its inception. He isn’t just a writer and publisher, but he’s a teacher, sharing his knowledge at conventions, including the writing conference he started this year called SAGA, and with his YouTube videos and more.
4. How do you overcome blank writing spells?
I find it helpful, if I’m at a place where I’m either not feeling the story or just need a break from a particular story I’m writing (it happens), I simply switch over to another story and it feels fresh and I can keep on working. Then, when I come back to the first story the next day, I’m good to go. That’s why I always have multiple projects in production at any given time.
5. What legal publishing advice can you give?
Legal? I don’t know. Certainly, if you are going to work for a publisher, hire an editor or cover designer, anything like that, sign a contract. Contracts spell out the responsibilities of everyone involved. That way there should be few surprises down the road.
6. How many books have you written, are any a bestseller yet?
I lost count. I know there are over 120 different stories of mine in print between novels, short stories, novellas, comic books, graphic novels, and screenplays. I was first published in 1992 so there’s been a few years to build a nice resume. You can see a list of everything at www.bobbynash.com if you’re interested. If you do count them, let me know the new tally.
7. If you had the opportunity to rewrite one movie script which would it be, why?
No idea. It would have to be something that has never been produced because I would hate to go behind and second guess the original writer’s plot or style. I would prefer to write something original, if possible, as opposed to a remake. Even if you write something with existing characters, an original story is better than retelling one that came before. At least I think so.
8. What are some difficulties you've experienced in your writing career; how do you handle book critiques/criticism?
I’ve had a few setbacks in my career. I’ve had publishers drop the ball on projects, had creative partners stop working or simply disappear, and I’ve had books that flopped. You learn from all these things and try to make better decisions going forward. Of course, not all difficulties can be avoided. Things happen. You deal with them and move on.
As far as criticism and reviews, I thank everyone who takes the time to write reviews, but I never get into debates over the reviews. If a reader does not like it, then they don’t like it. Not all books are for everyone. I still thank them for their time and go on about my day. Readers have opinions and they are valid, whether I agree with them or not. You have to learn how to handle criticism in this profession.
9. What are your best experiences in your writing career?
I love when I meet someone for the first time, and they are familiar with my work. That is a fantastic feeling. Another great one is when someone brings books to a convention or appearance to get them signed. The most well-traveled so far came from Yorkshire, England to Atlanta, Georgia to get signed. That meant a great deal to me. Definitely, one of the best experiences. Also, being nominated for an award is great. Winning is nice too, but just knowing that someone nominated you for something is a tremendous feeling.
10. Do you prefer to write in silence and or have some sort sound in the background?
When I lived alone, I used to write with music playing, nothing specific, just the radio or the music I had on my laptop on shuffle. I do not live alone these days, so I generally write in silence. On occasion, I do put on the headset and listen to music, but not often.
11. What are some encouraging words you'd give to another author/writer?
First and foremost, have fun with your writing. If you’re having fun, it’s a good bet that your reader is going to have fun too. The energy that having fun with your writing infuses into the work is noticeable.
12. How did you decide the pricing of your material; how did you go about promotion/advertising and distribution of your work?
When I work for publishers, I have no input into pricing. On the paperback titles I publish myself through BEN Books, I start with the price it will cost to print each book plus Amazon’s cut and I figure in a small mark up. I also try to keep the costs where I know I can sell them. Selling the Snow novellas at $7 doesn’t leave a large profit, but it helps move those books whereas if I priced them at $10, they might not. I use the same logic for eBooks and hardcovers. Audio book prices are set by Audible based on the run time of the audio. I have no control over those prices, but I think they are more than fair.
13. Why should anyone read your book?
So, I can pay my bills. HA! HA! In all seriousness, I write to entertain. I am not pushing any type of agenda… okay, maybe that bad guys do bad things and Nazi’s are evil… but mostly I aim to entertain. If you’re looking to escape for a little while, I like to think my stories offer a way to do that. I truly love what I do, and I am grateful that I am able to do it. My readership is not huge like King or Rowling, but my fanbase likes my work and they keep coming back, which is amazing. I’m constantly working on ways to increase my readership and get my books in front of potential new readers. Thank you for helping me do that with this interview.
14. Did you have a book coach?
No. I have picked up tips and tricks along the way, gotten pointers from writers and readers, but an actual coach, no.
15. What was your favorite subject in school?
Journalism. I learned a lot studying journalism and working on the school newspaper and yearbook. In fact, many of the design skills I learned are still in use today, only with computers as opposed to doing it by hand.
16. Are you self-published or have an established publishing contract elsewhere?
Both. I’m what they call a Hybrid Author. I work for publishers, writing novels, short stories, and comic books for publishers, usually with company-owned characters, licensed characters, or as part of a themed anthology. I also write and publish my own work through my indie press, BEN Books, which you can find at www.ben-books.com. I do my creator-owned novels and novellas there as well as publish collections of my back catalog of short fiction and special, personal projects. Working this way has proven a nice challenge and a great way to get my work out there.
Thanks for the interview. This was fun.