What a great day it was to spend a bit of time stepping into the mind of Bryan Stubbles. We met in the bizarre, fun, and often times insane world of Twitter. Since then, I have been amazed, inspired, and encouraged by his gift of creativity and his sincere support within the writing community. An accomplished playwright, and an amazingly talented writer with an infectious personality to match. It's safe to say, I am a fan. Take a peek at what he has to say and I'm sure you will be too!
◆ How are you doing on this amazing day?
Pretty good. Thanks for asking.
◆ Writers are known for having thoughts at any given time. When do you have your best ideas?
When I’m not too burdened with real-life responsibilities.
◆ If you had to give a title to the blueprint of your life, what would it be called?
The Case of the Missing Blueprint
◆ Do you remember the first time you brought ink to paper?
Kind of. I remember drawing a comic strip about a mouse traveling down a river when I was like 6. I may have written stuff earlier, but this is what I remember.
◆ Other than writing, tell us what else you love that gets your heart pumping.
A wee bit of everything. History, music, theatre, film, languages, cooking, exploring, volunteering...pretty much anything involving creativity and/or helping others. An office drone job would stop my heart from pumping and that would be sad.
◆ The writing community is a huge network of authors, creators and so much more, do you ever feel pressured to perform based on what others are doing?
No. I love seeing other people’s success, too. We are in the same boat.
◆ Have you ever googled yourself?
Yes. And I think I’ve googled you, too (gasp!).
◆ Writer's block is commonly heard of, but have you ever experienced readers block? If so, how do you pause and reset your brain?
I don’t think I’ve experienced readers block. If I did I’d probably take a break or I’d set smaller reading goals. Or read something better.
◆ You are given free plane tickets to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Now, during the pandemic, probably my hometown in Utah. I miss my parents. No pandemic: Liberia. I’ve always wanted to visit there.
◆ In your opinion, what truly defines a writer?
Writing. You’d be amazed how many folks talk about writing but never seem to write anything.
◆ How many published books do you have and what are you working on next?
I have several published plays. You can buy two of them on Amazon. I have two recently published short horror westerns and several translations (I translate Korean to English and Indonesian to English).
I just completed an English translation of a short story by the Korean author 송지현 (Song Ji-hyeon). It’s pretty interesting and will be published in the online translation journal Nabillera later this year.
I am currently working on a mystery novel set in my hometown in 1997 amongst high schoolers. The tentative title is The Velvet Tears of Your Lies.
I’m also applying for a translation grant from PEN America. I’d like to translate Indonesian author Dhianita Kusuma Pertiwi’s Menanam Gamang. The grant will make it much easier to accomplish. Wish us luck!
If you’re into witches, I have a story about a warlock full of gunfights, lost love and the living dead in this collection: www.amazon.com/Wasatch-Witches-Collection-Utah-Horror/dp/1732244626/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Wasatch+witches&qid=1622806967&sr=8-1
◆ If you could go in reverse, what would you tell the young Bryan Stubbles?
“Around February 2020, there's gonna be a pandemic. Make sure you’re in a place you really want to be in because you’ll be in that neighborhood for over a year.”
◆ Where do you pull your inspiration from?
Everywhere and anywhere. A lot of times it’s predicated on a “what if.” “What if a girl went missing in the suburban Hell of 1997 Utah and only a high school dork could solve it?”
◆ In closing, is there anything else you would like to say?
Never give up.
I love connecting with folks. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @BStubbles
Thank you Bryan, it was a pleasure. Best of luck on obtaining that grant and continued success in all that you do!
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AJ writes & blogs from her home in Indiana. You can also find her work as a contributing writer at www.groovmagazine.com
"This is how you do it; you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." -Neil Gaiman