Love, death, depression, humor, and hip-hop are some of the major inspirations for this collection of short stories, poems, anecdotes, and general musings. Featuring fan favorites “Sadness,” “Pass The Super Salad,” and “Suicide’s Seduction” among others. Told in a unique literary voice, this is the first book from newly acclaimed author Robert Ormsby and is sure to offer the reader plenty of action for their own distractions.
Here is an exclusive interview as he shares his motivation, goals and path to success in the book industry.
Q. What pushes an individual to write?
For me, it was almost out of necessity. An overactive imagination can quickly take over your day-to-day if you let it. If I focused all that imagination on something creative, say like writing, I could still make it get its exercise while I could focus on other things.
Q. What is the writer made up of?
Ego, self-doubt, introspection, imagination, a decent vocabulary, and hopefully a bit of passion.
Q. As an author, what do you worry the most?
I worry that, much like in real life, I’ll suddenly find myself tongue-tied and unable to express what I need/want. I’m worried that the words are finite and eventually I’ll run out. I worry that people will see through my whole “I don’t care what you think” ruse. Sometimes I worry that I worry too much (wink!)
Q. What was the last book you’ve read before deciding to write in this type of genre? How does it affect your style of writing?
I knew I wanted to write when I read Stephen King’s “The Eyes of The Dragon” years and years ago. That showed me there was nothing better than a good story. While writing my published book, #DistractionAction: Volume 1, I was reading Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road,” Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” and George Batailles’s “Story of The Eye.” There’s a certain vibe to these books, and Kerouac especially had a unique voice. Those books showed me that you could say what you wanted to say THE WAY you wanted to say it.
Q. In which aspect of your personal life do you relate the characters?
This book, in particular, is based on me at that time. The depression from starting a divorce and losing my mother. The flood of memories from going back to see friends that I hadn’t seen in almost ten years. The constant back-and-forth of the feeling of lack of self-worth vs. ego.
Q. Which scene from the book were you having trouble writing?
In my fictional short story, “Suicide’s Seduction,” I was having a hard time with the ending. I so wanted the story to be dark and depressing, as that mirrored my headspace at the time. In talking with a friend and starting to feel better, the ending came to me. Instead of just focusing on the dark, I found some light. In a kitchen of all places!
Q. Do you prefer to travel when you seek inspiration to write, or would you rather stay home and read novels to find a new writing style?
I draw so much inspiration for conversations and interactions with people. I’d much rather prefer to travel and meet new people with new loves, hates, passions, problems, etc.
Q, As a writer who’s ideas were mostly fictional, are you an idealist? Or you live by the rules of realism?
Life is, indeed, stranger than fiction. And if you can imagine something, unrealistic as it may be It’s real when you write it. So why limit yourself?
Q. What private and personal belief do you have in your life?
Karma. It all comes back to you. Try to lift those around you and those around you will lift you when you most need it. I also believe that Canadians do it best. That last one. That’s just FACT.