Interview with short story writer (and novelist) Bobby Nash

Today’s
interview is with short story writer
Bobby
Nash
. We’re chatting about his crime fiction within the anthology MAMA TRIED: Crime Fiction Inspired by Outlaw
Country Music.
Bio:
Bobby Nash is
an award-winning author of novels, comic books, short stories, novellas,
graphic novels, and the occasional screenplay for a number of publishers and
production companies. He is a member in good standing of the International
Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers.
An
award-winning author, Bobby Nash writes novels, comic books, short stories,
novellas, graphic novels, and the occasional screenplay for a number of
publishers and production companies. He is also a member of the International
Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers.
Bobby was named
Best Author in the 2013 Pulp Ark Awards. Rick Ruby, a character co-created by
Bobby and author Sean Taylor also snagged a Pulp Ark Award for Best New Pulp
Character of 2013. Bobby has also been nominated for the 2014 New Pulp Awards
and Pulp Factory Awards for his work. In 2015, Bobby’s novel, Alexandra
Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt won a Paranormal Literary Award in the 2015
Paranormal Awards.
For more
information on Bobby Nash please visit him at www.bobbynash.com.
Welcome, Bobby. What do you enjoy most
about writing short stories?
Short stories
are great fun. They are a good way to dip your creative toe into a genre that
you might not normally write, which is how I wrote a western and a boxing
story. Short stories are also useful when I feel experimental. I can try new
things in short form and see how they work. It is also a chance to work with
some characters I find interesting. Because of short stories I got to write The
Green Hornet. That was cool.

Can you give us a little insight into a
few of your short stories – perhaps some of your favorites?
Writing “Domino
Lady” was a big deal for me, although I did not realize it when I did the first
one. Back then, I was just telling one story about this pulp character from the
1930’s. Little did I know that I would become so associated with the character
as time went on, she’s a character I still write to this day and hope to
continue writing into the future.
“Lance Star:
Sky Ranger” was where my short story writing career really began. The publisher
invited me to write this aviation pulp character and had so much fun with the
format that I wrote more short stories. Before Lance Star, I focused on novels
and comic books. I still write those, but love doing shorts as well.
What genre are you inspired to write in
the most? Why?
I love crime
fiction in general, but there are many sub-genres of crime fiction that allow a
lot of freedom to play. Superheroes, action, thriller, mystery, suspense, cozy,
paranormal, and even sci fi and westerns can all have a crime fiction element
to them. The sky is the limit.
What exciting story are you working on
next?
I am
currently writing a novel for Moonstone Books featuring the classic pulp
character, The Avenger. I’m nearing the finish line on that story. The Avenger
is a crime fighter who forms Justice, Inc. after his wife and daughter vanish
and are killed. The shock causes muscle paralysis, bleaching his skin stark
white in the process, and giving him the ability to change his appearance at
will, making him perfect for undercover work. After that, I have a Lance Star: Sky Ranger novel to put the
finishing touches on and then I’m adapting a comic book series called The
Wraith into novel form. Then, it’s on to Alexandra
Holzer’s Ghost Gal
book 2.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I was in high
school when the storytelling bug really hit hard. I’d dabbled a bit before that
though. I wanted to be a comic book artist so I started writing comic book
stories so I would have something to draw. Turns out that I was better at the
writing side of things than I was at the art so on the advice of a friend, I focused
on the writing and here I am.
How do you research markets for your
work, perhaps as some advice for writers?
Check out the
publisher’s website, look at what types of books they’ve published to see if
your book is what they are looking for, contact some of the authors that
they’ve published (easy enough if they are on social media) and ask questions
(politely, of course), and check them out on Preditors & Editors. That’s
usually a good way to start vetting potential publishers. Also, and this is
very important, read their submission guidelines and follow them. That is your
first impression with a publisher and/or editor. If you can’t follow
instructions there, that can hurt your chances by starting off with a bad
impression.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
Not sure I
have any quirks. Oh, I’m sure I probably have them, but haven’t noticed them
for what they really are yet. I try to sit down and write.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
When I was
young, it changed from week to week. One week I wanted to be a cop, the next a
scientist, an explorer, an astronaut, an artist, an actor, a writer. Sometimes
now I don’t know precisely what I want to be when I grow up.
Anything additional you want to share with
the readers?
I love what I
do. Writing is fun. I love creating worlds and characters that I enjoy spending
time with and then putting them through hell. Good, clean fun.

Thank you for being here today, Bobby.
All the best with your writing!

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