Through the waning and waxing of life, author Ian Bush and I (PARZZ1VAL) have kept in touch. I remember reading through his first published work, Wishes For the World Around You shortly after graduating high school. That piece will forever hold a place on my favorites shelf, a book for visitors to spot in the kitchen. “I know this dude!” I say.
Claiming the spot of one of the best listeners on our planet, you’re guaranteed to come out of a conversation with him having learned both something of substance, and that good people really do still exist. Follow along to learn about the ever evolving, underrated, indie author.
With all the creative outlets available to you, why write?
To me, writing is one of the few arts that captures all the senses. Nothing against the other arts, but I feel like using words to convey a message to someone is powerful and an art that is not easily created. Another side of that is writing is something anyone can do. Whether or not they do it well is a different story.
With painting, you can slap some paint on a canvass and maybe a nice friend will say “that looks like a sunrise on a hill”, but with writing you can start day one combining sentences to make a new idea or tale, and someone can look at you as this future bestseller.
Finally, writing can be done anywhere. Just like right now. I’m currently writing on the bus during my work commute. I took a quick glance and didn’t notice any photographers, painters, musicians, or cinema directors doing their art on the bus. To be fair, there was one time I saw someone play guitar on a moving train while not holding anything…Now THAT is art if you put your mind to it.
To me, Horror is the most challenging genre. I like the challenge, and I like to make people face their fears.
Tell me about your writing process.
My writing process is very much like ‘divine intervention’. I will see something in my day to day or hear about something interesting. Then, I will start asking questions in my head, flesh out the potential. For example, today on National Public Radio I heard about a woman who participated in a study where a group of people were put on a small boat and was forced to drift back to shore.
This study wanted to examine what happens when random people who live across the world are stranded on a boat together and what the dynamics were and became during that time. Tell me that doesn’t scream Horror to you!
Which piece are you most proud of, and why?
I am equally proud of each piece because something happened with each piece I created. Wishes For the World Around You is my first published piece, and when I read it today I wonder why people gave me a chance with that book! But I’m still proud of it because it was the trailblazer to what I am today.
If I had to pick a piece that I was most proud of, I would have to say Guidelines for Immortality. This book was not very well known, but I am very proud of it because it was my first opportunity to break away from anthologies and do my own thing again. Nothing against anthologies, but I really liked the change of pace at that time.
List some of your favorite writers or pieces and tell how your work has been influenced by them.
My top five favorite writers are:
- R.A. Salvatore
- Ray Bradbury
- Robert E. Howard
- Neil Gaiman
- J.R.R. Tolkien
Salvatore taught me how to show character development with his main character, Drizzt. Ray Bradbury made me think independently with Farenheight 451. Howard showed me how descriptive a world can be. Gaiman showed me how beautiful writing could be. Tolkien showed me how you can hide so many lessons in a book and make it seem like “just a fiction book.”
Where can we find your work?
- Black Bed Sheet Books
- Devolution Z
You can also find more about me in interviews for Off the Chain by Yvonne Mason (Psst! Watch out for our interview with Mason!), D.e.e.L’s Writing and Various Nonsense, as well as in some Battle Creek Enquirer articles.
Hold on, before we finish, what’s a tip you can give to other writers?
Keep writing. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and don’t forget the companionship of authors. You never know what piece is around the corner. You never know what will happen unless you ask the question.
I want the public to know how important it is that my art remains a conversation. The biggest reason I stopped writing was because I lost the conversation with others. I stopped hearing people talk about my books and give me feedback on my books. I know that sounds really selfish, but I never wrote books to tell stories to a wall. The stories I wrote are meant to entertain people and create dialogues and conversations with others. I am slowly getting back into my writing again and I am excited that I have a few stories eating at my conciseness.
If you want to talk to me, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am open to good conversations and helping others with their writing journeys.
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