Interview with Rich Rurshell


Rich Rurshell is a short story writer from Suffolk, England. He writes Horror, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy stories, and occasionally dabbles in poetry. Rich has had stories appear in anthologies by Zombie Pirate Publishing, Stormy Island, and Clarendon House, as well as online publications such as Dastaan World, Jakob's Horror Box, and CafeLit. Aside from writing stories, Rich is a musician and likes to write and perform music.

MWS: Hello Rich! Nice to finally speak with you!

RR: Hi! It’s a pleasure...

MWS: I hear you are a bit of musician. What type of music do you play?

RR: Generally, rock and metal. I have played bass and guitar in several bands over the years. I sing in a band at the moment. But yeah, mostly rock and heavy metal.

MWS: Is that something you started an interest in as a child?

RR: I started playing the guitar when I was 14. I think I was in a band about a year later at school. I’ve been in bands ever since.

MWS: Do you listen to music while you write?

RR: Yes, sometimes. It has to be instrumental though, I can’t have lyrics playing. It distracts me. So, I like listening to Vangelis, Holst, movie soundtracks when I write. Sometimes I find the music has stopped and I’ve been writing in silence for ages.

MWS: That sounds lovely, being in the zone and the rest of the world disappears. Do you prefer pen and paper or electronic devices for notes and outlines?

RR: Actually, notes and outlines are usually written on the back of an envelope or an old bill or something. I’m not terribly organised.

MWS: Lol. There is a special kind of organization in chaos, and seems to best for most writers. Do you have a specific process for creating a storyline?

RR: I guess my process is: Think of an idea. Think some more about it. If I still like it three days later, get some notes down while it’s still cooking. Then write it.

MWS: Sounds good. Simple and clear. Let's talk about your short story in Stormy Island Publishing's anthology, Salty Tales, called Life Choices. no spoilers

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