“I love encouraging other creative people, not just writers, (but also) actors, artists, singers. I meet a lot of people at various stages in their careers. It cost me nothing to be encouraging to someone else. It doesn’t hurt me in the least to go, ‘I like what you’re doing.’ Or they’re like, ‘Hey, I’d like some advice on this.’ It cost me nothing to give them advice. And you don’t do it with any expectation of getting anything in return.”
It is hard not to get pulled into Bobby Nash’s energy and enthusiasm. He has the storyteller’s knack of making even mundane things seem interesting.
Bobby Nash is an award-winning author. He writes novels, comic books, short stories, screenplays, and more. Bobby is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers. On occasion, he appears in movies and TV shows where, as he says, he’s “usually standing behind your favorite actor.”
In this interview, Bobby talks about his creative influences, his publishing imprint, and occupying the command chair of the Starship Enterprise.
Starship Farragut “Conspiracy of Innocence” – https://youtu.be/ZetyCEiytL0
Star Trek Continues “Pilgrim of Eternity” – https://youtu.be/3G-ziTBAkbQ
Here’s the question index:
0:46 When did you know you had an interest in writing?
2:50 What spurred you to say, “Hey, I’m going to write a novel”?
6:06 You’ve said that you enjoyed detective TV shows you saw as a child. What would it be about a show like Rockford Files that drew you in?
8:04 Which do you like better: creating a character, or creating a story for that character?
10:25 Do you know your characters going in? For instance, with Abraham Snow, did you know him before you started writing him into the stories, or did you discover him in the process of writing the stories?
12:38 Of all the characters you’ve created, which one’s your favorite?
14:08 Abraham Snow, is he the character that’s literally wounded in his first scene?
18:14 How do you keep coming up with new ideas to write about?
18:30 What is the coal that feeds this burner? What inspires you? How do you get that going?
20:00 Do you have a methodology for capturing those ideas?
20:06 Does the process of working on multiple projects energize you or fatigue you?
21:27 How do you get all this creative work done? What sort of structure or process do you have in place to get work done and move forward?
25:22 Is there a common theme that runs throughout your writings and if so, what is it?
28:16 How do you know when a story is working?
30:02 How strongly do you feel your characters’ emotions?
31:04 You’ve written in a variety of mediums including novels, novellas, short stories, and screenplays, comic strips. Which is your favorite medium?
34:28 You have your own imprint, Ben-Books. How did that come about and what’s your goal for Ben-Books?
38:46 There’s a photo of you sitting in a command chair that looks to be on a Star Trek set.
41:18 It is a fantastic photograph. It’s great to hear this backstory because this feels like there’s something of you as a person coming out just by sitting there.
44:34 What’s your biggest challenge as a creative, and what’s your biggest joy as a creative?
48:32 What do you wish people knew more about you?
50:00 What encouragement would you give to other authors?
56:28 If someone’s interested in reading your work, where’s a good place for them to start?
1:00:32 You are on a variety of platforms including facebook, patreon, twitter, pinterest, instagram, etc. If someone wanted to keep up with you, which one of those platforms would be best?