An award-winning author, Bobby Nash writes novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, and the occasional screenplay for a variety of publishers. A comprehensive list of Bobby’s published titles and upcoming releases can be found at www.bobbynash.com. Bobby is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers.
He 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. 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.
On occasion, Bobby appears in movies and TV shows.
For more information on Bobby Nash please visit him at www.bobbynash.com and across social media. If you see him walking around the con, please say hi and make sure he's not lost.
BN: I’m Bobby Nash. I am a writer of comic books and graphic novels. I also write novels, short fiction, and have dabbled in the occasional screenplay.
2: How did you get into what you do in the comic book field?
BN: My story is odd. Back in the late 90’s, I sat down one Friday night and emailed as many publishers that I could find contact information for on the internet. Out of all of the missives I sent out, I received only 1 reply. They thanked me for writing to them, but were sad to inform me that they were going to be closing up shop soon, but would keep my name on file in case things started up again. Personally, I’ve always assumed “will keep your info on file” was code for toss it in the trash. I guess I was wrong because a year later, that same guy emailed and asked if I was interested in doing a try out. His book had moved to a new publisher and the book’s scripter was moving on to other projects. I tried out, the creator and publisher both liked my work and hired me. That was how I broke it. When I approached my next project, I had to break in all over again. I feel like I’ve had to break into comics several times.
3: What was the first comic book you ever bought? What attracted you to it?
BN: I have a vivid recollection of this event because it changed my life. I was young and my Mom and I were in the check out aisle at Zayre’s, a supermarket store similar to Wal-Mart or K-Mart that is no longer around). There were 3 packs of comics in the aisle and I begged Mom for one that had two Amazing Spider-Man issues in it. I couldn’t tell what the third one was, but I could swear I saw part of Spidey’s costume. I was a huge fan of the Spider-Man cartoons and I loved the character, but had never read a Spider-Man comic book. Mom relented under my onslaught of begging and pleading and I opened up that three pack to reveal Amazing Spider-Man issues 19, 193, and 194. I have never found another 3 pack with consecutive issues before. I devoured these comics. I still have them, but they are well-worn from the reading. I guess we have Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard and Jim Mooney to thank or blame for my pursuit of creating comics because that seed was planted right there.
4: What do you do to get into your creative zone?
BN: I look at the deadline. That usually does it. Ha! Ha! In all seriousness, the hardest part for me is sitting down and getting started. Once I start writing, I’m generally good to go. The hard part is making myself sit down and start.
5: Have you ever doubted your talent? If so, how did you work through your doubt?
BN: Oh, absolutely. I think every creative person has gone through this at least once, most probably a few times. There’s this meme on the internet that sums it up nicely. It starts with (and I’m paraphrasing it from memory) “This is great!” to “This is okay” to “Man, this sucks. I suck. I can’t write” to “I think this is salvageable” to “This is pretty good” until you come full circle with “This is great!” We all doubt ourselves. Whenever I send out a story to a publisher, there’s that small voice in the back of my head that wonders if this is going to be the one where they realize I don’t know what the hell I’m doing.
As far as getting through it, I don’t know the answer. I just push through. Once a script or story leaves me to go to edits, I try to put it out of my mind and move on to the next project. That helps.
6: What is your favorite creation?
BN: Of the characters I’ve created, Abraham Snow is currently my favorite. He’s the title character in my Snow series of digest novels from BEN Books. There are three at present: Snow Falls, Snow Storm, and Snow Drive. Book #4: Snow Trapped will be out in the fall. These are short, novella-sized adventure/thrillers. Each story is a stand-alone, but there are overarching plots that will cover the entire 6 books that make up series one. Series two will work the same way, with 6 books in the series. At least that’s the plan. Series two will depend on how sales for series one goes.
7: Have you ever been faced with negative feedback? How was this reflected in your work, if at all?
BN: Sure. Negative feedback comes with the territory. It is absolutely impossible to create something that everyone will love. No one wants negative feedback, but when I get it, I am still appreciative that the person leaving the feedback not only read the book (hopefully), but that he or she also took the time to sit down and write a review. The trick to remember is never ever argue with them or try to change their opinion. That rarely works.
8: Who is your greatest influence?
BN: This is one of those answers that will change from day to day, but I also have different influences for different things. When I started working conventions as a guest, I looked around at the pros around me and I was highly influenced by guys like George Perez, who treats everyone who comes up to his table like an old friend. In my writing, I am influenced by guys like Van Allen Plexico, who is a workhorse who knows how to build a universe, or guys like Derrick Ferguson, Tommy Hancock, Gary Phillips, and Paul Bishop, who are some of the nicest, most giving writers I know. The author community is filled with so many people who are giving of their time and experience. I am in awe of them.
9: In thinking about the things that you have created, is there something that you hated but the public may have loved?
BN: No particular character springs to mind. There have been stories that I felt were not my best that readers have enjoyed though.
10: If your creative work were edible, what would it taste like