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 Communication Studies, Political Science, as well as Art and Law. He is the founder, of Sebastian Schug Publishing.
What inspires you to write?
My biggest inspirations for content creation come in the form of a satirical perspective on numerous true-to-life instances, occurrences, and situations centering around the variously opinionated subject matters of life. These topics, respectively, translate effectively into satire once combined with appropriately placed commentary and humor.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process typically follows a nonlinear format; whereas drafting and/or outlining the general process of a particular project may come from simply jotting out ideas to a notepad, other projects (depending on genre) may require the use of a portable sketchbook, audio recorder, etc. After enough information has been collected for compiling the project altogether, that is when the official drafting takes place.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
While I don't necessarily talk/listen to my characters as they are portrayed within my writing, I attempt at putting myself in their shoes in an effort to effectively construct dialogue, characterize social situations, and emulate human interaction. For female characters, I further attempt to construct them from the ground up through real-life interactions I have observed.
Who are your favorite authors?
A few favorite authors at the current moment all capture elements of satirical undertones, such as Mark Twain, Aldous Huxley, and Ayn Rand's usage of politically-infused subcategories of satire.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The decision to publish my books throughout the years came through a variety of different available options at the given time – some temporary, and many permanent – from boutique publishing to self-publishing, to nowadays traditional publishing. Currently, alongside my author's position, I also work as a freelance publisher assisting other individuals/artists in helping place their books on store shelves.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is a bit unclear in clarifying what the best plan of action is for indie authors looking to continuously publish their works for respective audiences. While a fair number of options and formats/mediums do currently exist – such as ebooks, physical media, and audiobooks – in order to increase reader reach, it is most likely up to the best discretion of the individual artist himself/herself.
What genres do you write?
Satire, Fiction, Humor, Dark Humor
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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