Interview with Rey Barnido

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that it is a new day. It offers me a new chance to enjoy life, relish my memories, create new ones, share my blessings, create new friends, reconnect with old ones, connect with my family....and write new and crazy storylines.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading. Listening. Observing. Doing all that while putting my energies to my present involvement as a volunteer for the rehabilitation of Typhoon Haiyan.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, definitely. It was about my mother.
What is your writing process?
I imagine my characters first, putting myself in their position, explore the places where they want to go, meet the people they want to meet, and then command my hand to put all that in longhand. I write in long hand first before I encode everything.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The richness of the imagery, the dramatic climax, the universality of its moral lesson about forgiveness--all that moved me to become a writer. And to become a Prodigal Son as well.
How do you approach cover design?
I let my imagination roam around. That is all.
What do you read for pleasure?
Oh, everything that comes in handy. Mostly romance and thrillers.
When did you first start writing?
I was in grade school and we were asked to submit a short letter to the principal asking to be excused from class. It was a theme writing. I made such a fabulous story of why I was absent because the aliens landed in our backyard and I had to clean up their mess because our pigs wouldn't sleep with all the dirt around, etc. I got a failure in that exercise. It was too long.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My work as a volunteer in the disaster areas moved me to listen to the stories of the survivors. These are lessons that the world should learn about.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The desire to write. Really. That is all.
Published 2014-08-03.
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Books by This Author

Seven Point Two: Terror From Beneath
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,460. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
When a 7.2 earthquake shook their town on October 15. 2013, the people of Maribojoc, Bohol lost almost everything even their beloved treasure, the centuries-old Church. Facing the task of burying the dead, cleaning the debris and surviving months at the mercy of nature and the goodwill of people, they gathered their strength to recover their dignity and rebuilt their lives. This is their story.