Interview with Charlie Barker

What do you read for pleasure?
Science Fiction! Orson Scott Card is probably my favorite. But I really enjoy all sorts of science fiction.
Describe your desk
It's a mess, and I don't like that it's a mess. I'm not very good at organizing small things.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Portland Metro area in Oregon. My book is non-fiction, so I don't really feel like where I was raised had a significant effect on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
A few years ago I decided to start writing a book. I had a great idea and needed to work it out. It's fiction, and I never finished it. I hope to some day. When I had the idea to write the man's guide I just went with it. It felt natural and right.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book chronicles the events surrounding the birth of my first child. It covers everything I went through, both what seemed normal and what seemed all but normal.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to share my book with friends and anyone else who would find my words helpful. This seemed the easiest way to do so.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I haven't really been successful yet. Check back in 6 months to a year.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's pretty therapeutic to get all of my thoughts and feelings onto a page. That, in and of itself, is great. Though I think it might feel slightly better to see the final draft. That was pretty cool.
What do your fans mean to you?
I would be elated if the words I wrote had a positive impact on anyone's life. If that is the case for you, please feel free to contact me and share. I'd love to hear your story.
What are you working on next?
A Man's Guide to Mariage? I might try that out some time. I also need to finish a novel I'm working on. Not sure when either of those will happen though.
Who are your favorite authors?
Orson Scott Card, George Orwell, and Isaac Asimov
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
"Inspires" is not an accurate word. I get out of bed because I must. I would love to stay up late and sleep away the morning, but that is not a reality in my life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to make music. Check out stumptownlumberjack.com if you're interested in hearing some.
Published 2014-10-19.
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