A few weeks ago I finished reading “If only, My love” by Brandon Pawlicki for a second time this year. What’s even better, I have here the mastermind behind that immaculately written novel. Hello Brandon, what pushed you to write such a beautiful content?
The push? It was an idea I had for a while, generally just writing a romance that is. I’ve always been sort of a mush ball, so wanting to tell a love story of my own was a natural development. As for what the story was, that all came at random really; no distinctive push. It all fell into place naturally, I think.
Pieces came day to day, through dreams, etc.
Sounds like you are able to back up your creativity by cosmic energy. Was it based on a real life celebrity crush?
I’d certainly hope so. As for a reality base, there wasn’t one. It’s shocking honestly, just how much I thought up from thin air now that I really look back at the story. I suppose I should be proud.
Did it come across as a real story at any point? I really wrote it that well?
As a matter of fact it did. Lets say 80%.
Browsing through the available library under your name, I noticed that you also tried your hand on the horror genre. How did the jump from romance to horror turned out for you?
That’s amazing! I’m so happy my work had gravity to it. Yes, I took a crack at horror as well. I’ve always loved horror, and I thought it would be beneficial to my craft to branch out and see what happens. Many of the short stories in that project were based on nightmares I had over the past few months prior to writing. Eventually, I remembered enough of them and just said “Hey, I should use these for something”.
The transition was surprisingly seamless.
That sounds great. Speaking of nightmares: what scares you?
I could say lots of things for that one. But what really scares me is darkness within humanity; the people that refuse to hear anyone else’s voice but their own; the people who take out their anger on innocent others; the potential for how bad we can truly be and what can come of that, that’s what really scares me. And in that potential fear comes great storytelling potential as well.
Of course, the bad is a minority. Most people, I believe, are good. But knowing there’s bad at all gets to me sometimes.
I agree. Once an old man told me: the worst animal on this planet are us.
How do you think storytelling would change the world?
I think storytelling, as it has, does, and always will changes US, and that’s where it has to begin. We read books, watch movies, listen to music or play games to escape for a while or to find inspiration. Once we’ve had our fictional adventure or found that creative spark, we can apply it in real life; hopefully with brighter eyes and a more colorful imagination. The world is harsh and, as I’m finding personally, making our way through it, and certainly in attempting to change it for the better, taking that break every here and there is important and even unavoidable. Life without a good story would be pretty awful, I’d say. Whether it’s creating one or following one already created.
That’s an awesome perspective. Only if the politicians would see it that way. What drives your creativity in general?
I think I’m driven by wanting to help people, as silly as it sounds. The healing power in that escape is something worth noting. Connecting with fictional worlds and characters can reveal things to us that perhaps couldn’t be revealed otherwise. Maybe it’s a new point of view that happens to relate to what’s going on in our real lives; helps us figure things out or better handle a situation.
I want that random person that might be going through a hard time to happen on one of my stories and feel better after reading it. It doesn’t have to be something where they learn some grandiose lesson or anything like that. Maybe it’s just the being entertained that helps them.
If I can offer an escape, then that’s fulfilling for me.
That’s selfless of you. In today’s world, few people think about others. Everyone tries to fend for themselves.
Now there’s something mysterious as grandiose as the Bg Bang. Is Pawlicki your true last name or is it inspired by your love for Pabsy?
I feel like most people want to be selfless, but fall into the trap of self preservation. That’s just society now. A lot of people are trying to make it day to day and I understand how giving can get difficult within that context. But still, making an attempt says a lot about one’s character. My name is my name haha. Pawsbie didn’t inspire it. Though the fact that Paw is in both of our names is curious. I’ve never thought about it before. It’s no wonder the little feline means so much to me.
Tell us a bit more about Pawsbie. How does it affect your writing?
Pawsbie is a stray cat that I took in. I’ve named her for her distinctly white feet. She doesn’t really affect my writing, but she does inspire me every day. She’s my pet, but means far more. She did however end up in my romance novel as my character’s pet Mitty. I suppose I wanted to immortalize her in a way.
Sounds as a fair tribute for her. What struggles do you face as an indie author?
The biggest struggle by far is a lack of guidance. As great as it is to not have anybody dictating what I can and can’t write, having to do everything on my own is rather daunting a task, especially when it comes to marketing. I’ve been lucky so far to get as far as I have. However, the next steps aren’t clear as far as really getting my books out there. It seems that, until I have a small fortune to blow, my best bet is social media.
What are some of the helpful tools that take the weight off of your shoulders pertaining the indie publishing?
First and foremost, Amazon offering self publishing. It’s accessible for anybody and that’s amazing. Before I wrote my first book, I was afraid there wouldn’t be a way to do something like this; to create; to become an artist of some sort without spending tons of money that I don’t have. And then, as I mentioned, there’s social media. You can go on YouTube and find an infinite amount of information and resources from other authors and readers as well that offers clarity on moving forward. You can make your own channel and promote yourself. You can just add a handful of hash tags to a post about your book on Twitter or Instagram and there’s a good chance someone may find your work.
The fact that the door is wide open for authors as long as you really dedicate yourself to things is a beautiful thing.
That’s pretty awesome. Why not step into traditional publishing world?
I’m sure I will at some point, however, I like knowing that there’s no middle man involved in my work. If I want to tell a story, I can do it exactly how I wish and release it whenever I please. And if it’s not well recieved, then I’m only more motivated to learn from that and tweak things; given that, again, it’s all on me.
There’s pressure to it, but also a grand sense of fulfillment.
Sounds like bliss. Thank you for taking the time to sit down with me.
Absolutely. You were one of the first to give my work a shot, so I’m more than happy to share a chat. Lots of interesting questions.