Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ralph's Rants Does Interviews-Welcome Bobby Nash!

Bobby Nash interview

Hi Bobby, how are you? It’s been a while since you were on Ralph’s Rants, glad to see you back again.

BN: Thanks, Ralph. Glad to be back. Thanks for having me.

So what’s new in the world of Bobby Nash? You always have about a hundred things going on so I never know what surprises you have up your sleeve. I think you have somewhere around 20 books out now right?

BN: I do try to keep busy, yeah. (laughs) I don’t have an exact count handy, but I have somewhere around one hundred published stories scattered across novels, anthologies, ebooks, comic books, graphic novels, audio books, and screenplays. I was first published in 1992 and had a few comic books published around that time as well as doing comic strips for a local kids magazine that ran for 12 years. It wasn’t until my first published novel, EVIL WAYS premiered in 2005 that I started to write and get published steadily. Hard to believe that’s been 10 years.

As for what’s new, oh you know how it goes. There’s always a new project or twelve ready to go. I’m currently nearing the end of EVIL INTENT, a novel sequel to EVIL WAYS plus a 10th anniversary EVIL WAYS hardcover edition for my BEN Books imprint. I’m always working on a story for my next Pro Se Signature Series: From The Pen of Bobby Nash story called CRIMSON MOON and writing comic scripts for the forthcoming DOMINO LADY THREESOME comic book series for Moonstone Books. And that’s this week. HA! HA!

So tell us about your newest project, Bobby.

BN: Artist Jamie Chase and I worked on a graphic novel adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ AT THE EARTH’S CORE novel that will be in comic shops on Wednesday, August 19th. It will be available at all other bookselling outlets on September 1st. It is from Sequential Pulp Comics and Dark Horse Comics. I had a great deal of fun working on this one, but also a bit of nervousness. Trying to adapt a well-known and respected author like ERB is a touch scary. Hopefully, the Pellucidar fans will like what we’ve done.

Where is this story set? What era?

BN: AT THE EARTH’S CORE takes place in Pellucidar, the land at the center of the planet Earth. Pellucidar is a thriving ecosystem filled with many races from humans to the most savage of beasts and is ruled by the deadly Mahars. When David Innes and Abner Perry drive their fabled Iron Mole beneath the Earth’s crust, they find themselves trapped in Pellucidar, a land of eternal daylight and danger. How could I not have fun writing that?

Is this an ongoing tale? As in will we see these characters again?

BN: AT THE EARTH’S CORE is the first of Burroughs’ novels set in Pellucidar. Jamie and I are back to work on book #2 now, simply titled PELLUCIDAR. It’s great fun revisiting these characters. If they do well, we hope to be able to adapt all of them. Fingers crossed because Tarzan eventually makes his way to the Earth’s Core, you know?

What drew you to write this story?

BN: This was one of those odd situations where I was hired to work on the book. Once I was signed on, I read the novel and went from there. I’m reading through PELLUCIDAR now and staying just a few chapters ahead of Jamie. Outside of that, it was an easy project to say yes to doing. I read many Edgar Rice Burroughs tales as a kid and loved the sense of adventure found in them. I love writing adventure so it was a delight to play in those worlds ERB created. These stories are classics and I was honored to be invited to be part of them.

You’re one of the busiest and most successful guys around, what else do you have cooking that is going to be coming out soon?

BN: As I mentioned above, AT THE EARTH’S CORE hits this week. Other releases coming up include ESO’S TALES OF THE STATION anthology for the Earth Station One podcast and published by New Legend Productions (I also helped out with the editing on this one), THE BLACK BAT RETURNS from Moonstone Books, SNOW STORM from Stark Raving Press, EVIL INTENT from BEN Books, STRONG WILL from New Legend Productions, V-WARS vol. 5 from IDW, THE RUBY FILES vol. 2 from Airship 27 Productions, plus stories featuring DOMINO LADY, GHOST GAL, THE AVENGER, and more. I don’t know in store dates on all of them yet, but they’re all in some form of production or another.

Are you where you want to be as a writer, Bobby? What I mean is, are you happy the way things are going for you writer-wise?

BN: Never. Or, perhaps I should say, “Yes and no.” Yes, I am very happy with where I am as a writer. I have come a long way from back in 1992 when I had my first story published. I’ve accomplished a lot and am humbled and thrilled to be where I am today. However, the no side of that is that I’m not done. I still have goals to strive toward and I want to continue to do more and be able to support myself with my writing. I also wouldn’t mind seeing the words “New York Times Best Selling” in front of my name, either. That’s a goal, one of many, I’m still working toward.

What to you is the biggest stumbling block to get past as a writer?

BN: There are two.

Time. Time is a big factor. I work a full time day job at present and I have a rather lengthy commute so writing time during the week is short and sometimes non-existent. I spend my weekends writing and doing cons. As you can imagine, there’s never quite enough time to do everything I need to do.

The other stumbling block is me. What’s the old joke? A writer says, “I’ve got a lot of writing to do today so I better get started. But first… let me clean my office.” You can insert almost anything after “But first…” and it’s easy to see how I keep myself away from the writing desk. Deadlines certainly help when it comes to getting past this, but there is also discipline. Once I get in front of the laptop and start writing, I am usually okay. It’s just sitting down that’s the hard part sometimes.

What is the biggest thrill to you as a writer?

BN: Seeing all of my hard work finished and in a physical form I can hold in my hands. Getting that first copy of one of my books is an absolutely amazing feeling. There’s just nothing like it. I hope that’s a sensation that never goes away, no matter how many stories I have published in my lifetime. Second to that, I’ve met some wonderful people who have said some very nice things to me about my books and that is another big thrill. Plus, I’ve gotten to meet many talented people because of my writing. Some of my closest friends are people I’ve met as a result of my writing, whether at a convention, through mutual publishers, social media, and the like. I love the writing community. It is filled with wonderful people.

How far ahead do you plan? What I mean is do you say ‘I‘m going to do this book next and then that one and then that one’? Or do you just do one at a time?

BN: What’s this “plan” thing you speak of? In all seriousness, there is a plan, sort of, most of the time... kinda. I know what projects need to happen and I have a nice white board in my office and a fancy Excel spreadsheet on my computer to help keep track of them. Then I spend my time juggling them as deadlines pop up or galleys or edits come in, which aren’t scheduled most of the time, and I try to juggle as best I can.

Do you think it’s a bad idea to plan far (Several books)  ahead, or do you consider it a strength as a writer?

BN: Oh, it’s absolutely helpful for me. I know all writers have things that work for them, but knowing what needs to be down helps me. The hard part is keeping the new ideas from jumping the line. You have to clamp them down and make them wait. Following your muse is awesome, unless you have a deadline on another story. Plus, if you’re working on a series, it never hurts to have a general idea where you’re going. I have loose plots for future stories with several of my characters stacked up in the corner of my brain just waiting to go. I just have to make the time to get them all done.

What are you strengths as a writer, as you see them?

BN: That’s a good question. I’ve never really thought about it. My writing style is pretty straightforward. I write stories to entertain. I’m not looking to change the world or anything or push an agenda. I write stories that I hope will entertain readers. I guess that’s a strength. I also do my very best not to miss deadlines. I am a writer and I love my job, but I’ve learned to treat it like a job as well, which means writing whether you feel like it or not. It can also mean sleepless nights, weekends spent chained to the writing desk, or whatever it takes to get the job done. It can be a tough job at times, but I absolutely love it.

Finally what does the future hold for Bobby Nash?

BN: Wealth and prosperity. Or so I hope. Ha! Honestly, I don’t know. I have no plans to stop writing any time soon, but the world is a strange place, especially in corporate America. My day job could be gone tomorrow or editors and publishers could stop offering me work. I hope that doesn’t happen, but it is interesting times in which we live. I would love to do more comic books, more novels, and more screenplays. I still have ideas buzzing around in my head and goals not yet met. There’s still a lot of hard work ahead of me, I think.

Bobby, as always it was wonderful having you here and I want to wish you the best of luck in all your endeavors. Feel free to leave our readers your contact information (Web page, twitter handle, facebook page, Amazon Authors page etc.

BN: Thanks, Ralph. This was a lot of fun. I appreciate the opportunity. Here are some links where folks can find me:









Thanks Bobby, looking forward to talking again soon!

BN: You bet, Ralph. Thanks again.


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Ralph's Rants does Interviews-Barbara Doran, Author of the just released 'Claws of the Golden Dragon'

Barbara Doran Interview

Hello Barbara and welcome to Ralph’s rants does interviews

Thanks for having me!

Barbara, tell us a little about yourself; where are you from?

My father was a West Point grad and my mother was a Chinese student who'd been working at the cafeteria my grandmother ran. With dad in the military we've moved around to a number of different places; Chicago, Colorado and Missouri, among others. I've been in the Western Ohio region since my father retired, however. I'm married, with two children, a dog and a cat who claims my only job is to feed her.

How long have you been writing?

I've been telling stories to myself since I was small, and started putting them down on paper as soon as I figured out how to write. Once I started, I never stopped.

Barbara, tell us about your new novel? Is it your first novel?

This is my first published work. I have a number of other works I'm trying to get published, but this is the only pulp… so far.

What is the novel called and what is it about?

"Claws of the Golden Dragon" is set in the town of Strikersport, CA, and is about a series of strange incidents relating to the local Chinatown and the inheritance of one of the main characters. A villain known as The Voice starts causing trouble and in so doing, cause the mysterious masked adventurers, Tiger and Dragon, to step in to protect Chinatown.

What inspired you to write this novel?

"Claws" came out of the idea that so many of the original pulps had some painful attitudes towards Asian characters. If they weren't outright villains they were sneaky, or lazy or simply there for comic relief. I wanted to have a pulp story where there was an Asian presence and they weren't any of those things. (Although I have a feeling Tiger and Dragon are natural comedians, tricksters that they are.)

Who do you consider to be your inspirations to write?

Pulp-wise, I'm a big Shadow fan. I also adore Sherlock Holmes and M.R. James, although they predate the pulp era by a number of years. I've been a comic-book fan for most of my life, with a fondness for Doctor Strange, Tomb of Dracula and Phantom Stranger.

Who are your favorite authors?

Mainstream-SF/Fantasy/Mystery authors I love reading include Terry Pratchett… (GNU Terry Pratchett), P.C. Hodgell, John Scalzi, Diana Wynn Jones, Tamora Pierce and Donna Andrews.

Pulp-wise: Maxwell Grant, Leslie Charteris (Though I'm not sure he qualifies as a true pulp writer) and Edgar Rice Burroughs were among my favorites. I also love Jim Beard's work and am slowly getting to know the other New Fictioneers.

What is your favorite genre to read?

It varies according to mood, but I think I like Fantasy most. I prefer the more intimate types of fantasy, with smaller casts and a need for the heroes to resolve a problem together and to learn a little about themselves. Of course, what I really love are cross-genre pollinations, where you never quite know what you're going to get.

Now tell us all what is your favorite genre to write?

Like my reading, my writing depends on my mood. It's most often fantasy based, in fact, the entire world I work within is based on the idea that magic exists and that there are parallel worlds connected to ours. So even if I'm working on a mystery, if it's set in what I call The Acre, magic's there, though it may or may not be noticed.

Besides your current novel, ‘Claws of the Golden Dragon’, what else are you working on?

I'm currently finishing a mainstream fantasy called "The Sea Wolf and The Falcon", which is set in the early 1600s and is about two young men who get dropped into the Summerlands (fairyland), where they have to help find the murderer of one of that world's Kings and - in the process - discover their own natures.

For Pulps, this November I'll turn back to the world of "Claws" and tell the story about how two of the main characters, Mudan Chang and Connal McLeod, met. 1930's Shanghai will play a big part in the story, which means I get to do loads of research! (I love research.)

How has the experience of being published been to you? Was it wonderful, was it trying? Did you enjoy it? Or are you glad the first one is over and done with?

I've enjoyed it. I've been submitting my longer works to larger publishers for a while with no joy, so Rob giving me a chance has been just great! I'm glad the story's out and available to the public and am really hoping people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Barbara it was wonderful having you here on Ralph’s Rants and I want to wish you all the best. Please leave any other information you may have here, such as your website, your twitter handle, your amazon author’s page and your facebook page.


Twitter: (BarbaraDoran)


As a note for the curious, Sum Ergo Scriptum was originally intended to mean "I am, therefore I write", but my Latin translator forgot that scriptum actually means an unfinished piece of work. This turned out to be a happy mistake, however, because I'm not done yet and don't intend to be for a long time to come.

Thanks again, Barbara, good luck!

Thank you for having me!

You are very welcome!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Your daily Ralph- All things Cagliostro!

This week The Cagliostro Chronicles is on sale! The very first book in the series is on sale in kindle format for only .99 cents! That's right true believers, only .99 cents! Get your copies today at http://tinyurl.com/cagchron 

Also, the first audio book of any of my novels is now out there, and again it's The Cagliostro Chronicles! Get your copy at either the Audible store http://tinyurl.com/cagchronaudible  or on Amazon itself at http://tinyurl.com/cagchronaudio
and don't forget the third installment of the blockbuster series is also out there at http://tinyurl.com/cagchronIII