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Exclusive Interview with

Rush Leaming

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When did you start writing?

At age 5! As soon as I could put sentences together. I wrote two stories: one about a boy exploring planets; another about a cat that orders a robot version of himself to do all his chores. Great stuff!

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What makes writing your passion?

It's always been there. Can't really explain it. I have to do it or go even crazier than I already am.

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How long have you been writing?

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What was the feeling when you published your first book?

Excitement and fear. It's like dropping your pants in public.

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What’s the story behind your choice of characters?

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What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?

Getting noticed and the snobbery against self-published writers. We have festivals celebrating do-it-yourself musicians and filmmakers, but god forbid the publishing establishment comes across a self-pub writer. It's like we are lepers.

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How do you get over the “writer’s block”?

I only write when I have something to say. I'm a binge writer. I often go years in between projects.

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We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

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If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

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Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?

I read the first wave, and once I find one person that truly "gets it", that's all I need. Don't read the rest. I'm very thin-skinned and should probably not be involved in the creative arts!

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What is the feeling when you get a good review?

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Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

All of them are 93% true.

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Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?

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What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?

No.

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Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?

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How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?

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Who is your favorite author? Why?

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What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?

I always wanted to be the love child of Charles Bukowski, George Orwell, and Ernest Hemingway, if that was scientifically possible.

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Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?

Once I set my stories free into the world, I never reread them, because you always find 1000 things you don't like. It has to end at some point and you just have to say: "here it is, warts and all."

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