Who’s That Indie Author? Bruce W. Bishop

Author Name: Bruce W. Bishop

Genre: Historical Fiction / Family Saga

Book: Unconventional Daughters

Are you a full-time author? If not, what’s your side gig? Thank you for asking! Yes, I am, and I still occasionally write freelance articles.

Favorite authors/books: Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findlay, Tom Harpur, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, On Writing by Stephen King

What experiences or people have influenced your writing the most? The first time I imagined becoming a ‘real’ journalist was when I was my high school’s newspaper editor in the mid-1970s. I later sold articles to local and city newspapers which gave me more confidence to continue the craft. But it wasn’t until I became the president of the Travel Media Association of Canada and seeing my byline in national newspapers that I felt I was a bona fide, legitimate writer.

Do you keep a writing journal and if so, how do you use it? I haven’t kept a journal for many years but I normally use a travel diary if I am away for a week or longer.

Do you belong to a writers’ group? If so, describe your experience: I was directly involved with a national writers’ organization, as mentioned above, for some time, and it was one of the most fascinating and enjoyable periods of my life.

Are you up with the sun or do you burn the midnight oil? I suppose as is typical with many Geminis, I do both! But I tend to be up with the sun in the warmer months. I don’t think I do my best writing late at night.

How do you get over a writing slump? It’s funny, but I was talking about this with my brother recently. I don’t normally refer to this as a ‘writer’s block’ (or slump) but more of a ‘writer’s fear’. In other words, will I be able to write something that people actually want to read? When I put myself in the reader’s shoes, I don’t want to disappoint and I want to entertain and/or enlighten, if I possibly can.  

Do you prefer writing dialogue or descriptive passages? Dialogue, for sure. This may harken back to my college days and courses in film theory and screenwriting.

What are you working on now? It’s an interlinked novel with Unconventional Daughters, which I’m calling Unrepentant Sons. One won’t have to have read Daughters in order to enjoy Sons, but some of the characters from the first novel are in the second. It also takes place in the same time period as when the first book finishes (mid-1930s).

What advice would you give to someone thinking about writing and publishing a book? Just do it! It is one of the best decisions I have ever made, and it was the pandemic lockdown that really convinced me to do so. We have such a finite time on earth, and living in a period of major societal and economic change should be enough to convince anyone to at least attempt to write and publish.  Initially, for at least three months, I researched the traditional publishing route, including how to get a literary agent. Then I decided to go the independent route because I didn’t want to waste any more time seeing my novel published, and to me, that’s a big “pro” with self-publishing.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which podcasts do you find the most interesting? No, I don’t. I wish I could devote more time for leisure reading and perhaps listening to podcasts. Podcasting is a wonderful medium we could not have envisioned thirty years ago.

Favorite escape:  A deserted beach, anywhere.

Have you ever tried Kombucha tea?  I’ve heard of it, but haven’t tried it yet. Is it savory or sweet? I usually prefer dry or bitter to sweet.

Do you prefer a couch with pillows or no pillows? Pillows, for sure, to barricade myself before a good movie!

Would you rather rake leaves, shovel snow or weed? If I had to do either of the three, I guess I would choose raking leaves, which I did a lot in my past. Living in a city apartment now gives me the freedom not to have rake, shovel or weed!

Favorite mask – disposable paper, plain fabric, colorful print or something else? I’ve tried homemade with fabric, a heavy-duty one that smothers, and finally chose to only use the disposable ones.

Biggest writing challenge since Covid-19: I’m almost afraid to say that there hasn’t been a writing challenge during the pandemic because I have accomplished more since its beginning than in the previous couple of years. I consider myself to be very fortunate in this regard.

Website and social media links:
Website: brucebishopauthor.com
Facebook: @bbishop.writer · Author
Twitter: @Bruce_W_Bishop
Instagram: bruceinhali
Goodreads: Bruce W Bishop
YouTube: Bruce Bishop_Canada

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29 thoughts on “Who’s That Indie Author? Bruce W. Bishop

  1. A very interesting interview with Bruce, Barbara. I’m glad to find someone, who like me, put the pandemic time to good use and wrote their book. I am a fan of historical fiction and this book does sound like a good one.

    1. I think it’s a pretty good one, Roberta! Thanks for commenting. FYI, the reviews on the book can be seen on the Amazon.ca site. For some reason they don’t show up on the Amazon.com site.
      Also, there’s a KIndle Countdown sale this week, and I think the price of the eBook today is only USD$1.99.

    1. That’s nice of you to say, Kaitlyn. Thanks! It’s currently only available on all Amazon marketplaces, and the reviews are on the Amazon.ca site.

  2. Great interview, Barbara. I enjoyed learning about Bruce. I’m fortunate to be in the same boat with him, as I’ve found these Covid times to be more productive as well. Thanks for the introduction!

    1. Hi Jill – thanks for commenting. The ratings and reviews for the book are on the Amazon.CA site if you’re interested!
      best regards,

    2. Hi Jill – yes, there are some benefits to being cooped up at home – there are a lot of books coming out of these times! Thanks for dropping by to meet Bruce 🙂

  3. hi barbara
    another great indie author interview and i enjoyed reading W. Bruce Bishop’s answers
    and we might not even be reading this post had he waited for the right agent or big publisher deal to come along. also – there can be a ball and chain with big publishers (page count – deadlines etc) that could stifle those still finding their way so i think there are many “pros”
    and bruce – if you try kombucha / it is a mix of sweet and sour as it is fermented tea with tons of health benefits (think life giving enzymes) and the inky brand i drink is GTs because of their quality.

    the daughters book – and sons to follow sounds interesting because i like that time period of early 20s into the 30s and this sounds like a nice series to explore 📚
    cheers ☀️😊

    1. Hi Prior – thank you for such a thoughtful comment! Yes, I agree that waiting to go through the traditional routes for publishing has its own issues. Still haven’t tried kombucha but I’m working on it because I know it has great health benefits and I’m in the middle of a health and fitness craze. Take care! 🙂

      1. oh you craze sounds like a good thing to be in the middle of!!
        and when you try kombucha – try GTs brand and my hubs loves the watermelon wonder
        and trilogy
        and for me – I love the gingerade (and cosmic cranberry) and we joke around and use the full names when we drink some – hahah

      2. bay steps ! hahaha
        and speaking of plunge – i just featured a book with that title on my blog today – come by when you can (if you ha s time) but i had to mention it because you said kombucha plunge! lol
        and also – quick note – i know i have said it before but NOT a ALL KOMBUCHA is the same and some brands add chemicals and Costco carried a brand that we got home and found junk in there – so go for the GTs brand (when ready)
        happy february and be back again soon

  4. Thank you for your comments, Prior (and Kombucha recommendation)!

    Re: “waiting for an agent” – I can’t tell you the hours I spent tailoring pitch letters to over 25 agents, mostly in the US, and then had to wait weeks in many cases for their form rejection emails. I was beginning to think I’d start to look like Rip Van Winkle by the time I got an agent, and then a publisher! I’m much happier being an “indie” in the long run. Cheers, Bruce

    1. It’s a good place to be – I helped my father publish 2 books in his last years before he passed away. It was an awesome experience working together on both projects. We never would have had that if he’d gone the traditional route.

  5. Barbara, a fascinating interview with Bruce and I enjoy your eclectic selection of questions! I’ll have to try Kombucha tea myself! I like his description of writer’s block as ‘‘writer’s fear’ – that’s it exactly! I love the sound of ‘Unconventional Daughters’ and with a Swedish connection a book I’m keen to read!

    1. Thanks for commenting, Annika.

      It’s funny, but the woman who inspired the story was a feisty Danish Canadian. In the event I might get some flak from her descendants, I changed the family (and all their names) to be of Swedish stock. In my years of travel writing, I did get to Stockholm (but not Gothenburg), so that helped me in setting the Swedish culture and locations.

      I hope you enjoy the tale!

    1. Thank you! (I replied earlier today from my phone, so this may show up twice.)
      I reached 25,000 words on ‘Sons’ today…only another 70,000 to go. 🙂

  6. I enjoyed this interview with Bruce, Barb. And even though I’m not a fiction writer, this surreal time during the pandemic brought more inspiration than ever: more ideas for my blog, personal essays on the side, and I’m dabbling in some fiction short stories. It’s been a busy, productive time…to the point of wishing I didn’t have to go to work! Anyway, I look forward to reading Bruce’s book!
    ~Lauren 💗

    1. Busy is good, Lauren! I’m always shocked when I hear people say that they’re bored How is that possible in this day and age? Keep well, and I hope you enjoy my novel. 🙂

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