Writing is a solitary act, but despite that – I have acquired quite a few friends and acquaintances who either dabble in the profession or make it their own. As I focus my own goals to be writing-oriented, I figured that one of the best ways to do that would be to talk to my talented writer friends and see what makes them writers and use that as a sort of reflection. I hope that you aspiring writers out there can do the same.
My first in a series of writer interviews is with Ross Kearney.
Ross is the author of the children’s book Be My Friend: A Yeti’s Tale. He is also the author of the comic book 30 Monsters or Less. He has a few more projects in the works which he hopes will see the light of day sooner rather than later. You can usually find him working at comic book conventions across the country or coaching robotics for the Boys and Girls Club in Portland, Maine.
ME: What personally drives you to write?
ROSS KEARNEY: The desire to create, I have ideas that I want to see out there and writing is the easiest and quickest form to get them out of my head and into the world.
ME: Who are your influences?
ROSS KEARNEY: When it comes to writing? Or Ideas? Because those are two different things for me. The ideas are influenced by other people while the writing is influenced by others because of the style of writing that matches what I want to be. For ideas; Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, Guillermo Del Toro, David Lynch. For writing; Joe Hill, Warren Ellis, Rick Veitch.
ME: What’s your technique for escaping Writer’s Block?
ROSS KEARNEY: Walk Away. Write something else. The wall will come down on its own when it is time.
ME: What’s one must-read book you can recommend?
ROSS KEARNEY: For right now? Transmetropolitan
ME: What’s one piece of advice you can give to a new writer?
ROSS KEARNEY: Just keep going. Write and just keep writing. Editing is where things can get better. That is the hard part. Get the ideas down, build the skeleton, and then add to it.