Today I am interviewing Bobby Nash, author of the new mystery-thriller, Snow Drive, third book in the Snow series.
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DJ: Hey Bobby! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Bobby Nash: My pleasure, DJ. Thanks for having me. I have been a published author since 1992 of comic books and my first novel came out in 2005. I have been writing steadily since then. I write novels, comic books, short stories, graphic novels, and a screenplay here and there. You can see my full list of work at www.bobbynash.com. My latest release is Snow Drive, the third book in the Snow series.
DJ: What is Snow Drive and then the Snow series about?
Bobby: Snow Drive is the third book in the Snow series. These books follow the adventures of Abraham Snow, a former undercover operative whose identity was uncovered and he was shot and left for dead on an airstrip in South America. Now retired, thanks to the gunshot would a half inch from his heart, Snow reconnects with his family and gets involved with the family business, Snow Security Consulting. While working off the books on his last case, Snow steps in to help out his family and gets in hot water.
So far, three Snow books have been release.
Snow Falls: After a near fatal encounter while deep undercover in South America, Abraham Snow retires from his work as a government operative, moving in with his grandfather during his recuperation. Once there, however, Abraham realizes that his grandfather has an ulterior motive: He wants Abraham to join the family business, Snow Security Consulting. Abraham, however, soon learns that working with his family can be just as treacherous as deep cover work – especially when caught in the crossfire between his father and grandfather. But when an assassination plot against a visiting dignitary puts the entire family at risk, Abraham must use all of his talents and contacts to keep them safe.
Snow Storm: Snow’s former partner, Samson Brooks, a retired agent turned p.i., arrives in Atlanta with a problem. He’s gotten into some trouble with some bad people and needs Snow’s help to get out of it. When college student, Katie Masters is kidnapped, snow and his friends leap back into action to rescue her before the Atlanta underworld erupts into all-out war.
Snow Drive: Abraham Snow’s career ended with a single shot, but now he’s back behind the wheel and looking for a saboteur. The Chambers Stock Car Racing team hires Snow Security Consulting to get to keep their people and equipment safe and to get to the bottom of whoever is trying to put them out of business and why. Archer Snow volunteers Abraham Snow and Big John Salmon as part of the pit crew. Can they keep the team’s young hothead out of trouble long enough to stop the saboteur before the next race? Meanwhile, an old enemy sets her sights on Snow when a bounty is placed on his head.
Book 4 is scheduled for this fall/winter. It’s called Snow Trapped: After the shocking reveal at the end of SNOW DRIVE, the investigation into Miguel Ortega and Daniella Cordoza heats up, Abraham Snow calls in a favor from his former handler, Elizabeth Walker. She has agreed to share information on Ortega and Cordoza and to deal with the hired guns after the bounty placed on Snow’s head. A team of hired mercenaries break into a U.S. government information storage and retrieval blacksite hidden in an average office building. They enter the building through the lobby restaurant. They say timing is everything. Unfortunately, for the mercenary team, they picked the same building where Walker and Snow are meeting and they don’t take kindly to having their reunion interrupted.
You can keep up with the Snow series at https://ben-books.blogspot.com/p/snow.html
DJ: What were some of your influences for the Snow series?
Bobby: Snow’s influences can be found in the action/adventure/thriller TV shows of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s that I loved as a kid. Snow is influenced by the likes of Magnum p.i., The Rockford Files, MacGyver, The A-Team, Burn Notice, Leverage, and more. I love the idea of a good person helping those in need. You can see a lot of similarities in the genetic make up of the Snow books. They are fun, fast reads. I’m also a fan of pulp adventures and Snow certainly has an underpinning of pulp to it.
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?
Bobby: Abraham Snow is our hero. Now that he’s retired and back stateside, he’s using his skills to help others. Snow is very likeable and intelligent and good at his job, but he can’t settle down, not completely, until he’s resolved his last case and captured the man who shot him.
Archer Snow is Snow’s grandfather. Like his grandson, he too was once a government operative. Now, Archer owns Snow Security Consulting. He farms out work to his grandson on occasion to try and get him back into the family business.
Tom McClellan (Mac) is Snow’s friend since childhood who is now an FBI Agent. Mac throws work Snow’s way from time to time. Mac is a straight shooter who always has his friend’s back.
John Salmon (Big John) is another of Snow’s friends since childhood. A former car thief and mechanical genius, Big John works for Archer Snow keeping his cars in working order. Archer always had a soft spot for John and offered him work and a second chance when he got out of jail.
Dominic Snow is Snow’s father and he runs Snow Security Consulting. They do not get along and have not spoken in years. Dominic is less than thrilled when Archer offers his son a job.
Other characters we run into from time to time include Snow’s brother, Douglas and his sister, Samantha. Snow’s friends from his old job, Samson Brooks and Elizabeth Watkins also appear in the series. Most of them will recur.
DJ: What is the world and setting of the Snow series like?
Bobby: The Snow books take place in the real world. Most of Snow’s adventures to date have happened in or around Atlanta, mostly. Snow stays with his grandfather when he returns to the states and they live in the fictional town of Sommersville, which I created for my novels Evil Ways and Deadly Games! I’ve already been asked of there will be any crossovers. While there are no immediate plans for any characters from the other books to show up in Snow, but I wouldn’t rule it out.
DJ: How have the reviews been from readers, bloggers, and reviewers for the first two book of the Snow series? Is there anything that your audience seems to be particularly enjoying or is eager to find out more about?
Bobby: The reviews have been far better than I expected. So far, everyone who has read them seems to be enjoying the series. That is always gratifying to hear and I’m glad people are enjoying them. Readers love Archer and I got a lot of good feedback on the car chase in Snow Storm.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing Snow Drive?
Bobby: Playing in the world of professional racecar teams was a lot of fun. I have a lot of fun researching these books and studying the ins and outs of NASCAR was a lot of fun. Oh, and I also got to kill off a character modeled after a friend of mine (at his request) in Snow Drive. That was a lot of fun for me and he got a kick out of it as well. Also, the ending for Snow Drive, where I set the stage for book 4, completely changed my plans for the rest of the series going forward. The change, which happened organically in the writing of the story, sends the story off in another direction that turns out to be far more interesting than my original idea.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Bobby: I hope they like the story and the characters. He characters, especially Archer Snow, have been the most commented on with the series.
DJ: Did you have a goal when you began writing the Snow series? Snow Drive is only third book, but is there a particular message or meaning you are hoping to get across when readers finish it? Or is there perhaps a certain theme to the story?
Bobby: Themes of family and friendship are big in each Snow story. My main goal is for the readers to have a good time when reading a Snow book. If that happens, I’m a happy writer.
DJ: How many total books do you plan on having in the Snow series?
Bobby: The plan is to have series 1 run 6 books that can then be collected into a larger volume. If all goes well, a series 2 would follow the same format of 6 books. Each book is a stand-alone story (A plot) with the overarching story running through the background (B plot). Some books will focus on the overarching story, some won’t, but each book should be enjoyable on its own.
DJ: When I read, I love to collect quotes – whether it be because they’re funny, foodie, or have a personal meaning to me. Do you have any favorite quotes from Snow Drive that you can share with us?
Bobby: Here’s a few that I liked from Snow Drive.
“This man can drive anything with wheels. And a few things without.”
“And people wonder why nobody likes you.”
“Of course, he’s fighting it. He’d be stupid not to, but let me let you in on a little secret, Mr. Snow, I like it when they fight. That means I get to fight too.”
“I would get arrested if I said half the stuff you do.”
“Takes shrewd to recognize shrewd, I suppose,”
“We don’t get paid for ‘well, that kind of looked like him’, now do we?”
“He was shot in the chest about eight or nine months ago. If you ask, I’m sure he’ll show you the scar. He’s quite proud of it.”
DJ: Now that Snow Drive is released, what is next for you?
Bobby: In October, Trinity Comics will release The Wraith: Sanderson of Metro novel that I co-wrote with The Wraith creator, Frank Dirscherl. The novel reveals the untold full origin of Metro City’s favorite son, Paul Sanderson.
I’m currently working on a tie-in digest novel for Pro Se Productions featuring the AC Comics character, Nightveil. This one is part super-hero, part sci-fi. If all goes as planned, look for it in December or January.
I’m also working on the first of four novellas for Falstaff Books called Hunter Houston: Horror Hunter. This comedy/action/horror series is a spinoff from John Hartness’ wildly popular Bubba The Monster Hunter series. Look for these four books in 2018.
Snow Trapped will also be out this fall/winter and there are several other projects waiting for the publishers to set release dates.
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/bobbynash
Author Newsletter: www.subscribepage.com/NashNews
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about Snow Drive and the Snow series that we haven’t talked about yet?
Bobby: I’m having an absolute blast writing Snow’s adventures and I hope you’re enjoying reading them. There’s more Snow on the way. Stay tuned and thanks for giving Snow a chance.
DJ: Is there anything else you would like add?
Bobby: I’d like to take a moment to draw attention to the cover art for Snow series 1 by the amazing Dennis Calero. I absolutely love this image he created. Kudos also to Paul Bishop, Gary Phillips, and Jeffrey Weber. Each of them helped me finally get Snow from idea to story and they have my eternal gratitude.
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
Bobby: Thanks again, DJ. This was fun.
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About the Book:
Abraham Snow’s career ended with a single shot, but now he’s back behind the wheel and looking for a saboteur. The Chambers Racing team hires Snow Security Consulting to get to keep their people and equipment safe and to get to the bottom of whoever is trying to put them out of business and why. Archer Snow volunteers Abraham Snow and Big John Salmon as part of the pit crew. Can they keep the team’s young hothead out of trouble long enough to stop the saboteur before the next race? Meanwhile, an old enemy sets her sights on Snow when a bounty is placed on his head. SNOW DRIVE is the third book in the continuing adventures of Abraham Snow.
About the Author:
Bobby Nash is an award-winning author of novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, and the occasional screenplay for a number of publishers and production companies. He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers and occasionally acts in movies and television shows.
Bobby was named Best Author in the 2013 Pulp Ark Awards. Rick Ruby, a character co-created by Bobby and author Sean Taylor also snagged a Pulp Ark Award for Best New Pulp Character of 2013. Bobby has also been nominated for the 2014 New Pulp Awards and Pulp Factory Awards for his work. In 2015, Bobby’s novel, Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt won a Paranormal Literary Award in the 2015 Paranormal Awards. The Bobby Nash penned episode of Starship Farragut “Conspiracy of Innocence” won the Silver Award in the 2015 DC Film Festival.
For more information on Bobby Nash please visit him at www.bobbynash.com