Interview with Bobby Nash

Hi Bobby Nash, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Bobby Nash : Hi. I'm Bobby Nash. I write novels, comic books, short stories, and have also dabbled in screenplays and audio scripts. I've been known to draw on occasion as well as do a little acting and background work. It's fun work when you can get it. My first published work happened in 1992. My first professional comic book sale was in 2000 and I sold my first novel in 2004 and it was published in 2005. I've been fairly busy since then, having been published over 150 times to date. I've been honored to have my work nominated for and won a few awards as well.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Bobby Nash : Being able to make a decent living by writing is always nice. One of my long term goals is to see the words "New York Times Bestselling Author" in front of my name. That would be nice.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Bobby Nash : I started dabbling with writing as a teenager. I wanted to be a comic book artist and started writing to have things to draw. Eventually, thanks to some tough love advice from a friend, realized I was a better writer than artist, but was splitting my focus trying to do both. I focused on the writing side and sold my first pro story a couple years later. Then, one day, I said those famous last words... "I think I'll write a novel." It's been wide open since then.
Oltobooks : Why do you write?
Bobby Nash : First and foremost, I write because I love it. I love telling stories, creating characters, researching cool things, diving into the human condition, all of that cool stuff. It's fun for me. That's why I started. When it moved from a hobby to a career, I still love it, but I also have deadlines and responsibilities. It's a job I love, but I have to remember it's a job. Thankfully, I still love writing.
Oltobooks : What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Bobby Nash : The stories start forming in my brain and the characters keep talking and talking and talking until I start writing down what they have to say. My characters keep talking today and I keep taking notes. It sounds silly, I know, but my characters keep me going. They still have stories to be told.
Oltobooks : Where do your ideas come from?
Bobby Nash : Anywhere and everywhere. I really don't know for certain. Sometimes ideas hit from hearing someone say something, or catching a news story. Sometimes they come to me fully formed. Other times, they piggyback off of a dream or conversation. Wherever the ideas come from, I hope they never stop.
Oltobooks : What is the hardest thing about writing?
Bobby Nash : The hardest part for me is actually sitting down in the chair and working. There are a lot of distractions and I am a master procrastinator. Once I get started, I do okay, but getting started is the hard part. I'm reminded of the joke that goes "I am a writer. Today, I will write. But first..." and then you go clean the office or something, anything but writing.
Oltobooks : What is the easiest thing about writing?
Bobby Nash : Once I get started and listen to my characters, the words flow. That's a magic I can't explain, but once the creative faucet is on, it's on.
Oltobooks : If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
Bobby Nash : I currently write a few series. I have a novella series featuring Abraham Snow (action/thrillers), Sheriff Tom Myers (Mystery/thrillers), and upcoming Lance Star: Sky Ranger (action/adventure). Novel series include Evil Ways, Evil Intent (FBI Agent Harold Palmer thrillers) and Deadly Games!, Deadly Deals! (John Bartlett & Benjamin West thrillers). Plus, I have other books that I plan to revisit the characters on in the future.
Oltobooks : What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
Bobby Nash : Writing a series is fun. I live revisiting the characters and seeing how their lives unfold. Series writing is fun. new and interesting things happen to them. Then, I put them through hell and see how they deal with it.
Oltobooks : What is your favourite positive saying?
Bobby Nash : "Stay focused!" This is something I remind myself of often.
Oltobooks : Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Bobby Nash : Hopefully, I'll still be writing and will have introduced more readers to my work. Making a living at it would be nice too.
Oltobooks : What advice would you give to your younger self?
Bobby Nash : Stay focused. There was a point in my writing journey when I veered off course and it took me a while to course correct and get back on the path I had laid out to follow. The other is to have fun with it.
Conversation By : Oltobooks Team
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