Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Day 2 Interview - Rick Barry's Fascination with World War II


Rick Barry has authored three novels as well as hundreds of published articles and short stories. He speaks Russian and has visited Eastern Europe over 50 times for Christian ministries. His experiences have included skydiving, mountain climbing, camping in Russia, wilderness hiking, white-water rafting, visiting World War II battlegrounds in France, and exploring deserted buildings in the evacuated Chernobyl zone of Ukraine.

Rick Barry is giving away a copy of his novel, The Methuselah Project. Click on the link at the end of this interview to find out how to enter the drawing.


Welcome back to Novel PASTimes, Rick. A reader once asked me this question, and I thought it was a good one. Is there ever a time when you feel like your work is truly finished and complete? 

No. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve revised a manuscript, every time I read through it, I find sentences that could be better, or ways to deepen a character’s personality, or maybe a better way to spring a surprise twist in the plot. But at some point you simply have to take your fingers off it and allow the book to be born. There’s no such thing as a perfect novel. 

Describe your workspace. 

It has no connection to World War II. My home office looks more medieval than anything else. The desk is ebony-stained wood with hand-carved patterns around the top and sides. (I bought this as an old-scratched up, brown mess and personally stripped and refinished it.) On the desk are heavy brass candlesticks, a replica of a Norman helmet with chain mail—and my modern printer and monitor. The walls are decorated with swords, shields, and a replica of Edmund Leighton’s painting, The Accolade. Different, yes, but I like my creative corner! 

Describe your dream workspace. 

I’ve already put a fair amount of time into decorating my home office, so it’s pretty much how I want it. The only thing I need more of is writing time to spend in it. 

If you could be a character from your favorite historical novel, who would you be? 

Probably Robinson Crusoe. To me, Crusoe represents the epitome of man vs. nature. Cast onto a deserted island after a shipwreck, Crusoe must solve problem after problem in order to stay alive. I’ve often wondered how well I might fare on the CBS reality show Survivor (I’ve applied quite a few times), but Crusoe faced bigger challenges because it was truly live or die, with no show host to bail him out of dangers. 

What is the biggest misconception the general public has about authors? 

That we are somehow “the elite” of society, a breed apart. Authors are just people. We mow our lawns and change the oil in our cars. We make mistakes on our taxes and have the same shortcomings as non-writers in any other career. 

What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published? 

Let me divide that into two misconceptions: First, “If I only land an agent, I’ll get published for sure.” That is not necessarily so. There is a lot of quality competition in publishing, and the fact that your agent likes your work is no guarantee of anything. The second misconception is “If only I get published, my financial problems will be over.” As many others have said, don’t be in a hurry to quit your day job. Very few novelists earn a living by writing. 

What would you like readers to gain from reading your book? 

A Christian worldview. Although I don’t whack readers over the head with sermons, I write from the perspective of a Christian who believes that God exists, that He created the world, and that He is definitely working according to His Word and His purposes. 

Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers? 

Here’s a suggestion for all readers. Before I became a novelist, I never gave a thought to going online and leaving a review of the books I’d read. However, if you truly enjoy a story, give that offer a special blessing:  jot a brief review and cross-post it to the book’s page on Amazon, B & N, Christian Book Distributors, etc. This is a huge encouragement to that author. Not only will your words tell the author you enjoyed his/her work, but your opinion might be the very one that sways other readers to pick up a copy. 

Thanks, Rick, for a great interview.

Don't forget to click on the link below to enter the drawing for a copy of The Methusela Project.

 
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13 comments:

Kathy Anderson said...

Even though I would be kept young and beautiful, I would not take the treatment. My reason is this: I am very family oriented and would miss my family too much. Unless the treatment would include the benefit of having my brain reboot itself and erase a loved one from my memory when they die, I would find the memories unbearable after such a great expanse of time.

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Jen Colson said...

I totally agree with Kathy's comment. While remaining young and healthy would be appealing, I would not take the treatment. I wouldn't want to outlive all of my family and friends—it would be difficult to grieve the losses of everyone you ever loved.

Thanks for a great giveaway. My husband's birthday is coming up and the Methuselah Project would be the perfect gift!

Rick Barry said...

Interesting answers. I have an answer too, but since I'm the guy who wrote the question, I think I'll wait until the end of this giveaway!

Susan P said...

My reason for not doing it would be because I can't wait to see Heaven. I have a hard enough time seeing the evil and suffering every day here on Earth. I'm not home yet, this is not where I belong. (Favorite song!).
Now on the other hand, could you imagine the work you could continue to do for Him if you could continue on Earth as is? What a great and thought provoking question.

Rick Barry said...

I agree with you others. I would not choose to stay perpetually young-looking and alive while all my loved ones die off, and knowing that I would outlive every person I ever meet. When God calls me home, I'll be ready to go!

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