Interview with Ross Buzzell, Author of Legacy Earth

21 Sep 2021

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Legacy Earth?

I’ve always wanted to write a sprawling space opera, growing up on things like Star Wars and Star Trek I’ve always been enthralled by the expanse of the universe and alien species, taking world-building to a galactic level.

What inspired me to write Legacy Earth actually stretches back several years. When I first got into writing I was asked to write a short as a way to “apply” for a ghostwriting job. The piece that I wrote was only a few pages long but it got me the job and over the years I’ve been building off that short into the expansive story it is now  

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Legacy Earth, what would they be?

Theme songs for the main characters is a tough one. I actually don’t listen to much mainstream music while I write. I usually listen to YouTubers that make music based off video games like JT Music, Dan Bull, Daddy Phatsnaps, and Nerd Out to name a few. But for the “big four” of the series so far would be The Boys rap by JT Music for Dexter, Star Wars BattleFront Rap by JT Music for Justin, Endgame by Fabvl & Divide for Stephanie and for the main character Lance Warder “We are one” by JT Music, there are at least a dozen other songs I’d attribute to them but those are the top four.  

If you had to write a blurb for the last book you read, what would it say?

This is another tricky one because lately it’s only been parenting books but I’m sure no one would be interested in a blurb on those. It’s be for Thunder God by Paul Watkins: Amidst the turbulent expansion of the Catholic Church one young Viking boy is stuck by lightning. With his hair turning a fire red he and his village believe he’d been chosen by Thor himself to keep the Norse religion alive by embarking on a quest to confront his own gods and those who worship another that makes the savage nature of the Vikings appear tame.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

My favorite genre to read is a split between fantasy and science fiction and I’d have to say, even though I’ve dabbled in horror and suspense, sci-fi and fantasy are my favorites to work in.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? Where did you write Legacy Earth?

I wouldn’t say I have quirky habits when I write, but I may not notice them, I usually get my writing done before my wife gets up and she’s the one that usually points out my quirks.

I usually split my time where I write between my couch and at my desk in my office, it’s mechanically adjustable and I enjoy making it go up and down throughout the day.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I’ve ever received is another tough one. I’ve been blessed to have a mentor in the wildly successful writing team of Jonathan and Jynafer Yanez where the knowledge they’ve passed down to me is enough to fill a book itself. But if I’d have to pick only one it’s “Be consistent” because a little forward progress every day gets you one step closer to your goal.  

Ross Buzzell is the author of the new book Legacy Earth

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