Barry Rachin

Biography

About the Author

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Barry Rachin spent several years stationed in Yokuska, Japan as a Navy medic caring for casualties during the Vietnam War. He has studied at the University of Jerusalem, lived on a kibbutz for a year and holds a degree in clinical counseling from Simmons College. A self-taught woodworker, he presently lives in Attleboro, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is the creative process itself – never quite knowing how a particular plotline or character will evolve. Frequently, it becomes a process of personal growth and illumination. Writing creative fiction requires a certain degree of humility along with the willingness to ‘fight through’ all the hackneyed prose in order to find just the right metaphor or imagery. Over the years I have enjoyed a number of hobbies - woodworking, jazz cornet, beekeeping, etc. - but creative writing is, far and away, the most demanding.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans offer a small measure of validation that my shorts stories are finding an appreciative home in the reading community. I use the term ‘small measure’ because the sort of writing I favor (literary fiction), presently possesses a much smaller audience than it did back in the psychedelic sixties, when I was a college student. Still, a narrow group of readers seem to appreciate my creative fiction and I am eternally grateful for their support.
Read more of this interview.

Books

Collected Short Stories: Volume V
Price: Free! Words: 74,370. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Twenty-eight year-old Jesse Caldwell is painfully shy, lives at home and hates his moronic life. Miranda Huffington suffers from a gimpy leg and equally stunted personality. This is not your standard Harlequin romance.
Collected Short Stories: Volume IV
Price: Free! Words: 74,840. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
* Bethany Glaspell approached the first-ever meeting with Great-uncle Vern, a man who returned from the jungles of Vietnam with a Hmong bride and warped personality, much as a cat burglar might plan his next heist, telling no one, neither friend nor family, her intentions.
Collected Short Stories: Volume III
Price: Free! Words: 78,370. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
* A young boy spends a magical weekend with his sister, a former collegiate track star crippled in a freak accident. During the visit he learns a poignant lesson about the resilience of monarch butterflies and the human heart
Collected Short Stories: Volume II
Price: Free! Words: 84,850. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
* Grace Paulson’s train wreck of a personal life takes a turn for the better when the elementary school teacher meets a gifted artisan whose handmade jewelry boxes are featured at the local museum. Well-versed in nineteenth century Russian literature, Carl Solomon also happens to be the school janitor.
Collected Short Stories volume I
Price: Free! Words: 64,700. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Literary
 Pearl Singleton, a forest ranger at the Pemberton Wildlife Preserve, is going to show eighteen year old Shawn Mariano her Osborne Smoke Finder, all six varieties of New England ferns, a beaver dam, and something he never bargained for.  A straight-laced ex-nun must decide what to do with a stolen Sony Trinitron TV. The arrival of a Russian Jew in the apartment complex where she lives resolves

Barry Rachin's tag cloud

fiction    literature    romance    short stories   

Smashwords book reviews by Barry Rachin

  • When the Moon had Feet on June 08, 2010

    What a perfect gem of a short story! The plot is thoroughly original, the narrative unfolding in a painterly fashion where the reader is able to see, taste, feel everything that is going on during the family gathering. I have read a lot of world literature over the pst forty years and can tell you that this remarkable piece of fiction can hold its own with the best that's out there. A perfect five stars, in my humble opinion.