Richard Holt

Biography

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Richard Holt is a Canadian author originally from the small town of Kettleby, Ontario.

Richard has always pursued a career in writing, but, as many writers, he has struggled to find time in his busy life to complete anything more than a few personalized children's books for his friends and family, and other short stories that he has kept close to his heart thus far.

He has traveled extensively, having backpacked through more than 30 countries, mostly classified as '3rd World', and has drawn much of his inspiration for his novel 'The Barn' from his experiences and interactions with people from all walks of life while abroad.

Richard Holt currently resides in Hamilton, Ontario.

Below is a plot teaser from his novel "The Barn" :

On a narrow stretch of desolate beach hundreds of kilometres away from the closest civilization stands an enormous, ancient, wooden barn. Inside, sixteen people of varying ages and backgrounds struggle through icy cold winters, stifling hot summers, and a feast or famine supply of the basic necessities of life, waiting to be chosen. From every surface, surveillance cameras record every moment.

There is only one rule to life in the Barn: No one can ever leave. Not willingly.

Ash, the youngest of the inhabitants, has never known a life outside of the Barn. He, like most of the others, has been trapped here for as long as he can remember. Alongside his best friend Michael, Ash leads a relatively comfortable and privileged life compared to the others. As he ages however, Ash slowly begins to realize that life in the barn isn’t at all what it seems to be.

When the unthinkable happens, Ash is left with a tough choice: to either continue to lay low and stay quiet as others are taken from the barn instead of him, or to step up and volunteer himself to visit the infamous Mr. Irvine, potentially subjecting himself to a life more captive and horrific than anything he could have imagined.

Contains some coarse language and inferences of sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm not sure it was the first story I EVER read, but the first book that sicks in my mind is actually a series by Willard Price. His "Adventure Series" is about 2 young boys who traveled the world starting in the 1940's collecting exotic animals for their father's zoos. The books were so full of incredible adventures and encounters with different cultures and wildlife that I read the entire 14 book series in one summer. It was essentially the main driving force for me to begin writing stories of my own, and eventually, travel the world, visiting the majority of the destinations in the series.
How do you approach cover design?
Originally I wanted the cover to depict a bird's eye image of the barn and its surroundings to give readers an idea of the isolation of the setting. Eventually though, I decided to keep the cover simple, thinking that the exact landscape around the barn would be better left to the imagination.

I went with the image of a weather-worn red barn door. Simple and eye catching, and hopefully intriguing enough for a reader to pick up and look at.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Richard Holt online

Twitter: @The_Barn_Novel
Facebook: Facebook profile

Where to buy in print


Books

The Barn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 109,970. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
On a narrow stretch of desolate beach hundreds of kilometres away from the closest civilization stands an enormous, ancient, wooden barn. Inside, sixteen people of varying ages and backgrounds struggle through icy cold winters, stifling hot summers, and a feast or famine supply of the basic necessities of life, waiting to be chosen. From every surface, surveillance cameras record every moment.

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