Interview with Jeff Barr

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating characters and causing them lots and lots of pain. I'm sick, I admit it!
What are you working on next?
I am currently writing a VERY grimdark fantasy novel, set in an exciting, bloodthirsty world. It will be a hoot.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, may he live forever, hallowed be his name. I also enjoy Michael Chabon, Gillian Flynn, Kameron Hurley, Paul Quarrington, John Irving, Douglas Adams, Dennis Lehane, Charlie Huston, Will Christopher Baer, and many many others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Inspires? More like forces! They're called bills and they gots to get PAID! Actually, I work as a software engineering manager, and I love it. I also write in the mornings before work, so the earlier I get up, the more words I can get down.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Via Goodreads, or personal recommendations.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember the first Stephen King story I ever read: Cujo. That book knocked me on my ass! It still stands out in my memory as a shining moment when I felt for the first time the kind of power words could have.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Tommyknockers: King's funniest book. I love the Gard character!
2. It: We all float down here.
3. Hotel New Hampshire: Sorrow floats.
4. Whale Music: When a write writes about subjects he/she is passionate about, it really shows.
5. The Yiddish Policemen's Union: So immersive and brilliant.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. I love my Kindle.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Small town Saskatchewan. To this day, it provides lots of colorful characters and slang. I will write about it one day, but knowing me, it will be about monsters,
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a passionate, life-long student of Wing Chun kung fu. It's the closest thing I have to a religion.
Published 2014-05-21.
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Books by This Author

Odd Ends - A Double Shot of Horror
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,080. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » General
Two horror short stories by Jeff Barr, author of THE SKUNGE. THE CRECHE: Two hikers find more than they bargained for in the wilderness. LATE NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE: When hell comes calling to small-town America, even death offers no escape.