Interview with T.A. Rush

What do you read for pleasure?
As long as it has a good story, I'm down for anything. Fantasy is mainly my forte, though. The Wheel of Time Series is a huge favorite of mine, as is R.A. Salvatore. I have also enjoyed Thomas Harris a lot; The Silence of the Lambs is one of my favorite novels. I'll even turn back to some old kid classics sometimes, like Goosebumbs, Harry Potter, and the RedWall Series.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer to read paper but I understand that the future is here. I will, eventually, get a nook or some other type.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I lived out in the country and I hate it now but I also wasn't afraid to get my hands dirty. The woods were a good place to hide with a notebook and write out forest scenes. My fantasy imagination really took off there.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for years now; over ten. I started out with just fanfiction but it has graduated into something more; and long.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a story about the Four Horsemen and a game that they like to play with dead souls. It's a trilogy and the first novel is done and I'm currently writing the next two right now. I love it, but I'm just not ready to put it out to the world just yet.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was actually afraid to but my friend and fellow author, S.A. Meyer, was the one that put me to it. I wouldn't even be on this site right now if not for them. Thanks, S.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like to play god; in my own little world, anyway. I enjoy hearing about people loving my characters. In FF, it made me smile when people would tell me that I needed to take my imagination and create something of my own. My characters are all a piece of me and so by putting them through trials that I know I can never do, in a way I secretly am. I love it when I'm told that my readers can relate to my characters. It warms my soul.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I don't have fans in the future then there's no point. I will write for the rest of my life no matter what, but if I don't have people that love it, that wait for that next chapter, then it's just for myself. With fans I get support that tells me that, no matter what, I'll pick up that next notebook and write the next part of a story, even if there's just one or two people that want it. I know that'll be my family and friends so I'm set.
What are you working on next?
As said before, I'm currently working on the Horsemen Trilogy but a fantasy series has gotten some of my attention right now, too. It's like a raging battle in my head on which one to write about during the day.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King is my Hero!!!! R.A. Salvatore is in second place, followed by Thomas Harris, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, J.K. Rowling, and R.L. Stine. I have read so many books over the years that I couldn't possibly name all the authors that I love.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a huge video game nerd. My brothers going to school for game designing and he asks me for help on some of his ideas. that or I'm just sleeping/working.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh god, yes. I was about nine and it was horrible. I still remember it. Don't ask me to relive it on paper.
What is your writing process?
Sticking in headphones and just letting the fingers work, baby!
Published 2015-12-10.
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