Clayton Barnett


Former design engineer, sometime pharmacy technician, father & husband, now aspiring indie writer.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Two things, mainly.

One, from the late Jerry Pournelle, "start your story in the middle." I often begin not only not knowing what's going on, but not even who it is I'm writing about.
Two, while not a fan of his works, I am a fan of Hemmingway and his style. In particular, I take to heart his admonition to "write drunk and edit sober!"
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
That was almost fifty years ago! It might have been "Harry the Dirty Dog," but I really don't recall...
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Where to find Clayton Barnett online


Empire's Agent and other Short Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 43,370. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A collection of short stories and one novella looking into the future history of Machine Civilization.
Crosses and Doublecrosses
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,460. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A political/espionage thriller set as the United States is falling apart and new nations are born in its wreckage.
Worlds Without End
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,840. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
A hi-tech love story between Gary Hartmann - a young human - and his AI fiancee, Henge.
Foes and Rivals (The Saga of Nichole 5, Part Two)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 85,400. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
An android attempts to remake the political and military landscape of her adopted home, Portland, former Oregon.
Friend and Ally (The Saga of Nichole 5, Part One)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 88,190. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
A recently-made android is dispatched by the new Empress of Japan to try to keep the tiny City-State of Portland, former Oregon, alive while the rest of the US descends into chaos.
Cursed Hearts
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 74,940. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Katarina pursues her college degree, welcoming her step-cousin from Japan, Chris, for a night so he can complete his enrollment. Chris’s younger sister, Maya, murders their mother and escapes Neuroi Institute that created them. While Chris and ‘Cat’ grow closer to one another, Maya inexorably crosses an ocean and half a continent to take back her brother, killing anyone who gets in her way.
Echoes of Family Lost
Price: Free! Words: 57,870. Language: American English. Published: July 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
After believing her older sister lost and dead in the Breakup of the US, Lily Barrett gets word that Callie is alive: but over 900 miles away. Lily puts together a small team to reach her. It’s a long way to go, with something very odd hindering their ability to communicate over distance or even cross bridges. A chance meeting in Huntsville wrecks their plans, and puts all of their lives at risk.
The Fourth Law
Price: Free! Words: 55,530. Language: American English. Published: July 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Lily Barrett lives in a shattered time for the US with her family missing and presumed dead. Two things keep her going: her job at a small orphanage and Ai, her odd but dear friend, whom she met online: who only shows herself to Lily as a rendered CG image. Troubled by her past and facing an uncertain future, Lily seeks only a quiet, normal life. But, her past and present conspire against her.