Interview with Stephen C. Barns

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is very therapeutic. I love peoples' reactions -- good or bad. I love exploring different forms of writing and expressing ideas and concepts through my words.
What are you working on next?
My next short story, as well as a few short film projects.
Who are your favorite authors?
I tend to enjoy the works of Stephen King, but specifically not too any authors. I do not keep a list. I appreciate all authors in one way or another.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I know I am going to write something throughout the day, whether it be a journal or writing piece. I know I have goals. You can't write your next big story sitting on your butt.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to watch documentaries of other authors and filmmakers. I also like to watch television and films.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the first one, but I remember one that got a unique reaction when I was fifteen years old.
What is your writing process?
My writing process tends to be scattered. Every story is a new endeavor with its own circumstances.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was but a child, I took a grand interest in the Bearenstein Bear's. It encouraged me to explore my own imagination and conjure up stories.
How do you approach cover design?
I consult my team and assist them in design.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Al Capone's Devil Driver by George H. Meyer
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After a major life change, this book renewed my focus into my following my dreams.

The Shining by Stephen King
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I cannot even pinpoint why this book was great, but I enjoyed it.

The Body by Stephen King
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It was mostly the Coming-Of-Age aspect of it that drew me in.

Stand By Me Screenplay (received from a friend)
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It inspired me to write my own screenplays.

Finders Keepers by Sean Costello
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This is because he is from the same hometown as myself. I actually met him, and he gave me words of encouragement. This meant a lot coming from an accomplished author of more than one book.
What do you read for pleasure?
Given that I have a bit of a learning disability, along with a visual impairment, there is plenty more I want to read, but I have difficulty doing so. Thus, I found my way to my eReader for larger print, and audio books from Stephen King and Philip K. Dick.
Published 2015-02-24.
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Hc 1000
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The Soul Is Complex
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