Interview with Alan Barry

What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPhone
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's called 'Weekend Away' and it's about a loner and a socially inept man, named Ken Logan, who leaves the comfort of his home for the first time in years. And over this weekend away from home he gets himself into all kinds of trouble.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The idea that I can write a short story or book and within minutes of finishing the final draft it's available for people to read, and I can then move on to my next project.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating my own worlds, characters and circumstances and watching how they all intertwine with one another.
What are you working on next?
I'm still working on 'Weekend Away' which I will have online on March 31st 2015. After that it will be another comedy book. I have three almost finished draft to pick from, so next step is to see which one I feel right about publishing next.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charles Bukowski and David Sedaris, for their semi autobiographical story telling.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family and my desire to succeed as a writer to give them a better financial standard of life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with my family and friends, and watching a good movie or TV show.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, not at all.
What is your writing process?
I usually write from about half nine till three in the afternoon. Besides that I don't really have a set routine. Although I will always write out synopsis, drafts, notes, but in different order. And I also have certain points I look to hit in a story, but also if a story feels good without trying to hit those points I won't change it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, I love the style and the way he captures the sheer panic of what's happening to him.
The Butcher Boy, again for the same reasons as above.
Ham On Rye, for the sheer brute force of the words and how he uses so few words and sentences to capture what he's looking to make come across on the page.
The Call of the Wild, the whole concept and the sheer imagination of the story
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the poetry of the words
Published 2015-03-19.
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