About Sebastian Schug:
Sebastian Robert Schug/Nicolas M. Parker (born February 25th, 1998) is an independent American author, illustrator, publisher, and novelist currently residing in suburban Burbank, California. Beginning his illustrative career at the early age of fourteen jumpstarted by author Rene Ghazarian's The Adventures of Daniel, he has since gone on to become the main author, illustrator, and publisher of numerous works, series, as well as further collaborations with other individuals. Currently, he attends California State University, Northridge, studying Political Science, as well as Art and Law. He is the founder, and current webmaster of the internet forum Itsonthehousekid.
What inspires you to write?
Loving to be a writer, cliche aside, enables myself to be just that. I believe one can surface a plethora of reasons why he/she enjoys a particular hobby ranging from a means of expression to straightforward profitability, and it’s refreshing to acknowledge anyone’s primary goal in taking on a hobby, craft, etc. For writing however, it’s more than a form of expression on a primary level. It exists on a secondary, or even third level; it allows for specific thoughts and feelings not otherwise stated in one’s day to day life to be put onto paper or a single word document, and to thereby be processed accordingly. To love being a writer is to love writing in a diary, journal, or whichever private entity an individual finds solace in.
Tell us about your writing process.
Through my writing and illustrating, my sole wish is to perpetuate a pace of uncensored storytelling. Simply, I wish to not be constrained by literary restrictions, or to be confronted about the subjectivity of the actual subject matter at hand. And while I understand and acknowledge encompassing aspects that others may construe as “unsavory,” Poe’s law of satire not being defined as extremism best suits this query. Some individuals will take it more seriously than others; a factor completely out of my control.
What advice would you give other writers?
Generally speaking, get started. I see numerous “would-be” authors and artists with amazing potential for both storytelling and visualization alike without either the proper know-how or motivation to simply put pen to paper. It’s understandable if one happens to feel self-doubt about his/her own personal project and/or whether or not people will believe it’s any good, but if there’s another piece of advice I can tack on, it’s to not write for other people. You’re not writing for your friends, peers, or even your most cherished loved ones, deep down, so don’t try to. Art within a published medium shouldn’t be held to the standard at which you arbitrarily give it from outside opinion.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
At first, through online distribution services, as well as reaching out to literary agents for representation.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is certainly a murky field, and in the discussion of whether or not digital or paperback will reign supreme over the other is another topic entirely. Though in the hopes of continuing the theme of allowing both independent authors and artists alike to share in the spotlight of new stories breaking into the market, it has certainly seen more positive reception than negative.
What genres do you write?: fiction, satire, humor, dark comedy, memoir, anthologies, poetry, dark fiction, nonfiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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