Artbiz with Rich Hawkins

Sep 14, 2016   //   by admin   //   artbiz, News  //  No Comments

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Artbiz explores that middle ground between “art” and “business”. How genuinely creative people manage (or don’t manage) to carve out a living doing what they love. How they juggle dayjobs, families, real life, relationships, paying bills and doing their craft/art.

Rich Hawkins is a horror author, who after being published by a number of independent publishers, took the plunge this year with self-publishing his own work. Since then his output has been remarkable, with rarely a month passing without a new release from Mr Hawkins. Rich was also part of Infected Books’ Year of the Zombie event, with his novella The Plague Winter, a gateway drug to his Last Plague series of novels.

Check out his work below, I personally recommend his amazing, Lovecraftian Black Star, Black Sun:

Q1 First can you introduce yourself? Who are you? Do you have dependents? Do you have a mortgage? Are you the sole income earner?

I’m Rich Hawkins, and I live in Somerset with my wife, my daughter and our pet dog. We currently rent our house. My wife is the main income earner.

Q2 What do you do creatively? How long have you been doing it?

I’m a horror writer, and my debut novel ‘The Last Plague’ was released in 2014. I had a few short stories published before then.

Scavengers

Scavengers

Q3 If you have one, what’s your day job? How long have had you that?

My day job is a ‘house husband’, which means I stay at home to look after my infant daughter while my wife goes out to work. I also do the household chores and take care of the dog.

Q4 What are the benefits of your day job?

The main one is being able to fit in my writing while looking after my daughter during the day. I get more writing done than when I was working a ‘proper’ day job.

Q5 What are the drawbacks of the day job?

Dirty nappies, temper tantrums, and children’s television programmes.

Q6 Your art/craft is it a hobby/ a side gig/ your dream job/ your full time job?

Writing is my dream job, without trying to sound pretentious. It’s also my only source of income. It’s my second job, behind being a house-husband.

Q7 How much of what you do creatively is dictated by commercial consideration?

There’s usually that consideration at the back of my mind, but my ‘gut feeling’ towards a story always wins out.

Q8 Have you turned down commissions? If so, why?

Never. I can’t afford to. I’m happy to be a literary whore.

Black Star, Black Sun

Black Star, Black Sun

Q9 Do you have a long term plan? A series of short term plans? Plans, never heard of them?!

My current plan is to keep building up my back catalogue of books and see where it takes me. Horror is a difficult sell at the best of times, so it’s a fight to even get established.

Q10 What do you think of your “industry”?

The horror fiction community, like all other communities, has a few cliques, con artists, and outright arseholes – but it also has loads of good people, and I count many of them as my friends. It’s a good community, for the most part.

Q11 Is there anyone out there that you aspire to be like? Why?

When I first started writing short stories, I wanted to be like Stephen King, but now I just want to put out the best work I can and forge my own path.

Rich Hawkins

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