Interview with Barrie Abalard

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
While it probably wasn't literally the first story I ever read, I remember loving "Yertle the Turtle" by Dr. Seuss when I was 7. (Yes, I realize Dr. Seuss did some bad stuff, screw it, a lot of his books were good for kids.) The last four lines hit me hard. Perhaps they even shaped my worldview regarding abuse of power and the essential human need for freedom and dignity.
How do you approach cover design?
I look at a lot of images until something strikes my fancy, seeming to reflect the heart of the story. I build from there, experimenting with colors, typefaces, and so on, until I have something that feels right. Very right brain.

Of course, sometimes I hire someone! I'd rather write.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The World According to Garp--John Irving
Super Sad True Love Story--Gary Shteyngart
No Place Like Home--Barbara Samuel
Bet Me--Jennifer Crusie
Almost anything by David Ignatius/Dick Francis
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm a wide-ranging reader. Lots of fiction, some genre, some literary, but never pretentious. A fair doppling of nonfiction, often science-oriented or political, often humorous.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I now have a Kindle. It took me a long time to get one, but I'm quite pleased.
Describe your desk
A total mess. But that's ok. I know where stuff is.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first short story at ten. Fortunately, I had teachers who encouraged me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I might not be here tomorrow. That, and the cat, who is hungry, and is 19, so she won't be around much longer. :(
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working out (not often enough), working on the house, dreaming, listening to music, making music, spending time with loved ones. Life is short!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To tell a story that will touch the reader. I want to connect with the universal feelings of love, hurt, rejection, and joy, among others. When a reader tells me that my story meant something to them, that it touched them--that is my greatest pleasure and means I did my job well.

***January 2018--still true!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Middle Atlantic in a terribly dysfunctional family. Abuse abounded. How could it not influence my writing?
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. And I mean that. I don't write for myself--I write so that others will get something out of it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was about a wild horse named Checunda. I was horse mad at 9 and beyond. Fortunately, I now live in the Bluegrass State!
What is the book I've written that I love best?
Alice in Shtuppingland, no question. It's me. And, while it has flaws, it's worth reading. I started reading it again after a number of years. Get it! You'll love it!
When will I update my %$#!!! website?
SOON.
Published 2018-01-22.
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Books by This Author

Play Hard - An Erotic Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,450. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
2008 EPPIE FINALIST ONCE AGAIN AVAILABLE! Don't miss this romantic tale of widowed, working-class poker pro Felicia Francis, who takes what comfort she can in the messages her late husband’s spirit sends her. She meets Burt Stone, an old-money, world-class equestrian whose accident killed his horse and left him unable to ride. These two wounded people discover that love requires them to play hard.
Virtually Yours A M/M Erotic Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,470. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Drew Slater & Owen McManus are cubicle neighbors who supposedly can't stand each other but actually lust for each other. They unknowingly meet in a virtual gay community, Y World. Deciding to initiate real-world contact while forced to work closely together creates explosive tension. Scorching-hot sex scenes (m/m/f and m/m) have them finding their way into each other's bodies—and hearts.
Poker Stud
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,400. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Lucy Stone Brookfield, Vegas poker dealer, longs to feel in control of her life the way she does when she’s bound in restraints. Poker pro Tyler O’Toole doesn’t take risks, except at the poker table. When Lucy asks Ty to teach her the finer points of Texas Hold’em while tied up, he agrees to step out of his comfort zone and do so. However, they didn't count on falling in love.
Swinging
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,750. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Leading men Kirk Bauer and Troy Camden attend a 1975 Hollywood "swingers" party, only to discover they enjoy swinging with each other more than they do with the women they date. Pursuing the love of another man puts their careers at serious risk. But when you discover you love someone, what else really matters?
Eight Seconds
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,800. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Westerns/Cowboys
Rodeo pick-up rider Cam Chester and bareback rider Wyatt Knott are two rodeo men who’ve never loved another, but they can’t dismiss their passion as only casual. EIGHT SECONDS, the amount of time a barebacker must stay on his bronco, weaves the story of two men who fall in love, but find themselves confronted by deadly hate.
Alice in Shtuppingland
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 101,880. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
Seventies slacker Alice moves to Boston in 1977, where she quickly accumulates friends you'd expect to find on the other side of the looking glass—plus, two very fine men to warm her bed with hot and crazy Seventies shtupping. In this semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age tale, Alice finds that she doesn't always get what she wants, but, as the Rolling Stones sing, she usually gets what she needs