Interview with the Writer: S. Nager on S. Nager

For those of you not in the know, I am Co-Hosting a BlogFest starting in October, 2011: The Rule of Three Fiction Writers Blog Challenge.  We created a shared world, the Town of Renaissance, and gave it it’s (slight) back story/history.

The idea is simple:  create three main characters, set in the structure of Renaissance. The writer can choose any genre to write in and any time period of the history of the town. Once a week write a 500-600 word story dealing with one of the main characters (first three weeks) and then in the fourth week, write a culminating story tying up the pieces. The original inspiration came from Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, in which the same story was told by four different people from their own POVs. They all differed in the telling, but as a whole: what an amazing movie.

So…I hope you are interested in stretching your writing muscles. As to today’s post, on, McDuff:

The Rule of Three Co-Host Interviews:

Lisa Vooght
JC Martin
Damyanti Biswas

Portia Burton, illustrator

Lisa Vooght asked me a very interesting question  after I had posted JC Martin’s interview and was doing clean up on hers and Damyanti’s interviews:

“Are you going to answer the same questions and post them?”

Seriously, I had not been thinking about it at all. She thought it’d be silly of me (well, in other terms, but I’ll leave this as is) to not share my own comments to my questions. So, if you are tired of interviews: BLAME LISA! 🙂

As you should know by now, our BlogFest rules are up, and we’re taking names! The Rule of Three: Renaissance is now alive, and we hope the shared world approach appeals to you. The first prompt is all the way down at the bottom of the interview.

Click HERE for all the info you could possible need for our writing event. Send me any questions at my email address or leave it on the Rule of Three page and I or one of the others will do our best to answer you. So…time to get to know the last of the four hosts.

Can you tell the readers about Stuart Nager the author?

I still haven’t settled into the label of being a WRITER yet, or if I ever will. Right now, I find I’m doing exactly what I tell my students not to do: don’t compare yourself who is well known. It’s self defeating. I AM published (yes, only one short story does not a writer make, but…) and that does a lot for me. Next is to keep going this way.

How would you describe your writing style?

I am not sure how I would describe myself yet, as I’m still in the chameleon stage, writing in the creative voice that stirs me day to day. An outside reader may find I’m this way or that at this point in time (9/3/11). I do know I have an eclectic touch, I love using the ellipsis, tend to write some rambling sentences for effect, and I AM a Great Misspeller of Words. What I can say: I’m a writer who loves the feel of language, and how words can play together in ways one may not always see.

Are you a writer who blogs or a blogger who writes? Is there a difference?

Since you asked so nicely: I am a bit of a snob when it comes to this, and I don’t mean to disrespect some with my answer. I really don’t. I write, and blogging is the medium I am using, for the most part, to share my writing . Blogging is not my main goal in life, it’s a means to an end. I never thought I’d enter the world of the Blogger, which I DO think has it’s importance in the way we now connect with others.

What writer(s) have inspired you, and why?

  • Roger Zelazny for his bravery in breathless artistry, no matter what her wrote;
  • Michael Moorcock, for the savage writing chops he exhibited as a leader in the New Wave of Science Fiction writers of the 1960’s, and for giving me Elric and “Behold The Man”;
  • Isaac Asimov for just so much great writing (his Foundation series still stands as one great SciFi trilogy);
  • Kurt Vonnegut Jr. for his early work (sorry) that just threw me against the wall at times (still love “Slaughterhouse 5” and “Sirens of Titan”);
  • Albert Camus, for the existentialist part of me with “The Stranger”;
  • Ray Bradbury, for the amazing “The Martian Chronicle” and so much more; a strong moral voice
  • Robert Heinlein solely for “Stranger In A Strange Land” and creating Grokking. If you have to ask, then you don’t grok. You should. Everyone should Grok!
  • (ps: yes, I used a lot of Wikipedia links. Read it or not, and I won’t excuse myself for being a bit lazy).

What are your thoughts about self publishing? Have you already or do you plan to?

I’ve been told that if I want to be book published, that self publishing will work against you. But, that was told to me way before this surge of Kindle and Nook and all the online readers. If it’s the ONLY way to get your work out to the public, then so be it. Like movies, a lot of times what a studio (publisher) puts out and hypes is not always what I’m going to enjoy. Usually, I’m good with the less publicized ones. So, like indie musicians and indie movie makers: it does not always have to come from the big guns.

I AM thinking of trying my hand at it. More to come on that end. I have a few ideas that I’d like to do with that before I open my big fat mouth.

On top of it, my first published fiction story is self published, so how bad can it be?

I know you like Blogfests. Can you tell us what draws you to them? What was your favorite one?

I’m mixed about blogfests, so it’s funny that Damyanti approached me with the idea of starting one together. What I do like about them is that they get me to write for their deadlines, as opposed to my just meandering and procrastinating. I like writing from prompts, as it gives me a focus, and I’m normally an all over the place thinker. My favorite one that I’ve done is the A to Z one, as it’s what really got me on the track to writing fiction again. I’m pretty sure Renaissance RO3 will trump that one once it’s all said and done.

What bothers me is that sometimes it’s just a numbers game. That’s why I’m excited about this: I hope that it’s much more about writing and telling a good story.  I see a lot of things where people visit blogs only to get them to visit theirs. I would like good storytelling and writing to be the primary goal here.

You are one of the co-runners of The Rule of Three Fiction Writers Blog Fest. What excites you about this, to take this on

I am a concept guy, and creating the town of Renaissance was a blast. So simple in it’s setting, but there is a depth allowed in what is NOT said in the description. I’ve loved many shared worlds in my reading (Thieves World; Wild Cards; Borderland; etc.) and I love the movie by Akira Kurosawa, Rashomon. Put them together with using the Rule of Three trope, and…yes, I am excited. Big time. #REN3 RULES!!! Plus, I got to stretch and make the video, might make another one, and it’s really…just too cool.

I have also really enjoyed working with Damyanti, Lisa and JC and Portia. Getting to know them all on a different level has been amazing.  It’s been a great experience, both in the planning and learning parts.

Anything else you’d like the reader to know?

I am in the process of writing my first novel at the request of an agent: she asked for “a great love story” and I am doing my best to please her; I have about six other novel ideas (ouch, yes, pun intended) to write, but a great love story comes first; I continue to perform as a Storyteller around the country, as well as work as a Creative Drama Teaching Artist (and yes, I’m open for bookings in both areas); and…really, just trying to stay creative.  I’ve got two stories I’m working on also for submission, plus a possible new show I’ll be working on with an amazing interactive theater director…so, busy busy busy.

If you could have a summit with world leaders, and they HAD to answer your questions, what two or three questions would you want answered most?

  1. Who do you really serve?
  2. Why are we still acting like barbarian hordes protecting resources and land, when the whole world is hurting?
  3. Would you give up your personal medical and other benefits if the people you serve (supposedly) could have theirs?


And, as promised, the first prompt for the blogfest is:

Click Here (yes, I am a stinker, but all the info is there).

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Li @FlashFiction
    Sep 03, 2011 @ 19:05:52

    Dear Stu,
    Thank you for awarding me The Plunger Of Blame. Yes, I did think that all of the hosts should have their views and ideas represented. So, thank you for doing yet another interview post.

    I’ve said it before, you’re a multi-talented individual, and so I’m sure your numerous projects will all meet with success. Congrats on the offer for the novel; I think it will, indeed, be “a great love story”.

    See you in Renaisssance. 🙂


    • bornstoryteller
      Sep 03, 2011 @ 19:08:31

      Ooooooooooooooo…the Plunger of Blame!!!! I like it! Can we have it bronzed? 😉

      Thanks for all you’ve done for me and for being a truly great friend. And a hell of a writer too.

      Renaissance…here we come.


  2. Portia Burton
    Sep 04, 2011 @ 01:18:46

    Most Respected Stuart,
    here I got to know you better and feel really blessed for having been connected to you in some way.
    with best wishes,


  3. J.C. Martin
    Sep 04, 2011 @ 05:02:48

    Cool self-interview! I’m glad you posted this! Love the Plunger of Blame! We should so make that a trophy to pass on to people! 🙂


  4. Jessica Mokrzycki
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 04:57:00

    Great interview…I really enjoyed reading it 🙂


  5. Samantha Bangayan
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 11:41:07

    Loved learning more about you! I hear you on being a writer who blogs as a medium for writing. As for your writing style, I imagine you being a chameleon forever and I love that about you. =)


  6. Penelope J.
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 12:51:19

    Found this self-interview fascinating. I learned about Stuart Nager, the writer, and insights into your motivations, inspirations, and aspirations. You are, intrinsically, a writer first and I think that once you settle into the novel mode, that’s what you may want to concentrate on. As for self-publishing, some outstanding writers have self-published. For a self-published success story, read Elle Newmark’s story on my blog.


  7. bornstoryteller
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 13:02:53

    Hi Penelope: I see that I am moving away from blogging, writing shorter pieces again to fill up the space. I’m in the midst of three projects, each requiring TIME, and reading and commenting on others blogs…well, I’ll still do my best. It’s not for lack of interest.

    I will take a look at Newmark’s story. Thank you.


  8. Penelope J.
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 13:05:22

    Ditto, Stuart. I’m also blogging less as I get more involved in my writing. Before, it was the reverse.


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