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Good question. In my novel, Evil Ways, the two brothers who are the main protagonists in the story have mine and my brother’s personalities and quirks. I found that helpful in having their dialogue sound more true than it did on my first pass. Aside from that, I rarely pattern the main characters after a real person, but secondary characters are often based on people I know. At least partially.
Q: What does your antagonist care about most in the world?
Deadly Games!, Darrin Morehouse only cares about one thing, winning the game. The game he’s playing… revenge.
Q: What makes the Domino Lady so appealing to you?
The Domino Lady was the first pre-existing pulp character I wrote and in researching her and reading those original adventures, I fell in love with the character and the world she inhabits. It has all the elements I love. She's a strong woman in a world where that can actually work against her, but she learns how to use it to her advantage. She is intelligent, graceful, and skilled. She has a clear sense of duty and is not afraid to do what needs to be done. She's also flirty, which is fun to write.
Q: We all face times when the words don't flow as easily than usual. What are your tricks for writing yourself out of a corner or blockage?
When the words just aren’t flowing as they should, that’s usually a good indication it’s time to step away from the computer and do something else. Take a walk, clean your kitchen, mow the lawn, go for a drive, fold laundry, anything that doesn’t require a lot of creative thinking. Once relaxed, I find that the ideas start flowing again.
I have several books that have gone out of print. In each case it is because the publisher stops it. The reasons vary.
One early novel of mine called Fantastix was taken down after a month on a POD site because the publisher said it wasn't selling well. This was before I started having a fan base. How much money did we both lose out on because it is not available? Plus, since it was using the publisher's characters, I can't reprint it elsewhere so I basically got screwed. I even tried to buy the rights to the characters so I could put it back out, but the publisher refused to sell.
Q: I like the name sky ranger!!!! Very star wars-ie.
Lance Star: Sky Ranger is a pulp-inspired character. There are 3 anthologies and a comic book out now. Volume 4 of the anthology series is coming in a few months as is another comic and I have a novel in production. Whew. You can learn more about Lance and the Sky Rangers at www.lance-star.com.
Q: Mr. Nash? Yin and Yang the comic looks awesome. But I’m sorry, Yang should have been a gorgeous chubby guy.
Thanks for checking out Yin Yang. When I came on board the project, the characters or Yin, Yang, their boss, and Widowmaker were already established by the publisher. I took those characters and crafted the story around them. It was fun and I think it came out very well. Thanks for checking it out. I believe that Yin Yang is still on sale. Hopefully, one day I will see a penny for my work on it, although I’m not holding my breath. You can learn more about Yin Yang here, here, and here.
I actually started out writing comics. I did several things for small, indie presses. In 2000 I started scripting tales of Marat Mychaels’ Demonslayer for Avatar Press. That project ran for quite some time. I still write comics from time to time and have a graphic novel that is scheduled to go on sale in February called Operation: Silver Moon. If you go to www.bobbynash.com and click the Comics tab at the top of the page you can see the various books I've worked on, some of which are still available for purchase. Sadly, a lot of my comic work is out of print.
Q: Have you considered working for Marvel? Marvel is the house of ideas. They could use you. Come up with some stuff and send it to them.
Marvel a few times with no success. They don't really want me. An editor there once told me that she liked my work and would hire me in a heartbeat if only I had a New York Times Bestselling novel or hit movie to my credit. At the time I had neither. I still don't.
Q: Tell us about your newest work in progress. What are the exciting challenges of this project that drew you to write it?
I’m always juggling a few things. I’m finishing up a screenplay I co-wrote with a friend of mine. Just putting the polish on it. I’m tidying up layouts on the Operation: Silver Moon graphic novel, and writing the first Ghost Gal novel. Plus, there is daily marketing/promotion for soon to be released books (Zombies Vs. Robots: No Man’s Land from IDW and Snow Falls from Bookxy) and prepping for the next episode of the Earth Station One podcast. That’s today’s to do list.
At least two hours, but more when there is a new announcement. I break that up into different times of the day, especially where social media is concerned. If I only post during the day it is very easy to miss those who are only on at night.
Q: What is the most exciting thing to ever happen to you as a writer?
Being nominated and winning the 2013 Pulp Ark Award for Best Author tops that list for me. It was such an enormous shock to find out that I won. I didn’t even realize that someone had nominated me. I was honored to win. It’s also led to a lot of fun as my friends lovingly refer to me now as “The Award-Winning Bobby Nash” all the time.
Q: How much research do you do when you write about your characters in a place you've never been?
It varies depending on the needs of the story, but I try to research pretty heavily for unknown locations.
Q: What’s your Favorite Stephen J. Cannell TV Series?
Q: Do the characters come to you or the does the story form first?
It depends. It can, and has, happened both ways. Sometimes I get an idea for a story and then figure out what character(s) are best suited for it. Other times, I get to know a character and the character defines the story. I’d love to say there’s some science or planning behind it, but really, I just play it by instinct.
When you get to know your characters, they will inform how the story flows. I've had surprising twists happen because I realized my character wouldn't do what I had originally planned and the story took off in a different, usually better, direction.
Q: How many words do you shoot for a day? As you do this for a living an all.
I would love to do around 3,000 words a day. That’s what I shoot for. Sadly, I rarely hit that number. Usually, it’s between 1,000 - 2,000 words a day. Now, I should clarify that the only words I count are the words written for the story. I don’t count press releases, Q&A sessions like this one, podcast updates, website updates, interviews, and the like. If I did, I’m sure my word count would suddenly seem much higher.
I hope so. I certainly try. There is a little bit of me in each of my characters, especially those I create myself. It’s hard not to put those little touches in there to help make that character feel real. If they feel real to me then hopefully they will also feel that way to the readers.
Q: What’s your Favorite Alice Cooper Song?
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Q: How do you keep a story moving forward in hour exposition? How do you increase tension through exposition? Do you have/use patterns in your exposition? Is exposition always from the POV of the scene protagonist? And do you know of good resources addressing this topic?
I have no problem with having two or more characters discussing the issue they face in the story to help get the information out there. That may mean multiple POVs (Point Of View) and that’s okay. I try to use what works best for the story.
I don’t know of any good resources off the top of my head. Sorry.
Q: You are now the main character in the last book you read. Who are you?
I am Raylan Givens. Oh, yeah. I can live with that.
Q: Which Star Trek series have you most recently binge-watched?
Star Trek Deep Space Nine. DS9 is my favorite Star Trek series. Every year or two I break out the DVDs and do a rewatch. I only plan to watch an episode or two when it starts, but I eventually plow through them all.
|I have a system... sort of.|
I keep notes and paste a list of names and short bits of information into the writing program (I write in WORD) below where I’m working so I can make sure I’m spelling the names the same and keeping important details close at hand. Other things come from memory, but I try to write things down as much as possible.
Thanks. I'm getting ready for a few new releases hitting book store shelves this month. You can learn more about all of these at www.bobbynash.com I also post at my FB Author Bobby Nash Page, Twitter, and Google+.
IDW's Zombies Vs. Robots: No Man's Land is in stores 2/26. I did an interview with The Book Cave podcast as part of my promotion for that book this week.
SNOW FALLS will be available later this month at Bookxy and at all other ebook purchasing venues shortly thereafter. This is the first in a series.
The graphic novel, Operation: Silver Moon is on tap to come out either late Feb. or early March. More on that soon.
Q: How do you advise getting the terminology right when writing a period piece? If a writer is working on a tale set in 1930s how can he nail the vernacular?
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Q: What do you do with extra books or books you no longer want?
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As an odd coincidence, I saw this link today on Twitter.
Do a good deed today: leave a book behind for a needy reader.
That has happened to me a time or two. Without naming names, I've met creators where it was not a good experience and when I read the work it triggers that memory. I try not to let it color my opinion of the work, but sometimes it does.
The opposite has also happened. I've met creators whose work I didn't enjoy and found myself liking the person and then liking his or her work more as a result.
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Q: So...what did you read when you were a kid that adults thought was 'beyond you'?
I don't recall being told that anything I was reading as a kid was beyond me. I did have family and friends that wondered why I read some of the things I did, but that was mainly because it wasn't a topic or genre they had any interest in reading. Plus, there were the non-readers who were surprised that anyone would crack open a book. I still run into people who seem surprised to see people reading.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer TV series. I remembered the movie and passed on the show simply because I assumed it would be more of the same. I wouldn’t have given it a look if my brother had not told me how good it was and that he thought I would enjoy it.
Q: What’s your favorite Olympics Event?
I don’t really have one. I don’t generally watch the Olympics. Nothing against them, I’m just not a sports fan. I do admit though, that the sky jumps are pretty darn incredible. Of course, I’m sure my enjoyment of that comes from my favorite scene from For Your Eyes Only.
It’s the only way to get the stories out of my head. I love telling stories. Creating situations and plots is fun for me and my brain is always putting things together. If I didn’t write them I would still create them in my head. I have more plots and ideas than I have time to write them all.
Q: The last TV show you watched is now your life story. What is it?
Q: So who's Ghost Gal?
Ghost Gal is a novel I'm writing for Raven's Head Press that tells the fictionalized exploits of real-life ghost hunters Alexandra Holzer and her father, Hans Holzer. Ghost Gal will be a little bit horror, a little bit pulp, a little bit action, and a whole lot of fun.
|My 1st comic book|
Yeah. I think that is possible. I have comic issues that rank as favorites of mine for various reasons, including a scene I really liked or the creative team. I’ve also met other fans who list favorite issues that just didn’t do anything for me. It’s all subjective, I think.
The first comic I remember owning was amazing Spider-Man # 192, which came in a three pack with issues 193, and 194 also. It was in the middle of the story, but I had no trouble getting right into the action.
I don’t get to read as much as I used to, but I try to knock out a chapter or two on something daily. I am nearing the end of A Ceremony of Losses by David Mack, which is part of the Star Trek: The Fall series. I’m also reading This Girl For Hire, a Honey West novel by G.G. Fickling, partly for research, but also because it’s really good. At The Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs is on tap next, also for research, but I read this as a kid and am looking forward to giving it a re-read. Also on tap is Raylan by Elmore Leonard. I love Justified and am interested in reading some of Dutch’s stories about Raylan Givens.
I used to take a few days off after finishing a project. Now, I breathe a sigh of relief, refill my drink, and jump over to the next project.
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