I would first like to thank Mr. Barnett for taking the time to answer these interview questions.
1. Could you give a brief summary about When Earthlings Weep is about?
The protagonist is Mickey, who is average in many ways, but suffers from horrible nightmares, where he visits strange worlds with hideous creatures. Mickey has no knowledge of an experiment he volunteered for, years before, while he was in the military. This lost time is the key to discovering some horrible dark secret, which will soon affect Mickey in a profound way. Secret military Black-Ops teams and aliens from other worlds are also in on Mickey’s secrets, and wish to take them at any cost; even if it leads to the destruction of worlds.
2. How did you get the idea of When Earthlings Weep?
I have always loved the underdog, and loved the idea of making such a person into a super-human, against his will. What if a person gained such power, but at a terrible cost?
3. What is your favorite book and author?
This is a toss-up between, “The Stand” by Stephen King, and “Servant of the Bones” by Anne Rice, for different reasons.
4. What was the first book you ever completed?
The first book I ever read was “Tom Sawyer”, by Mark Twain.
5. How did you come up with the title When Earthlings Weep?
In the story, there are the major themes of good versus evil, and innocence versus aggression. There is also a hidden theme about greed and obsession, which destroys people and everything, which gets in the way. I based the title on a poem I wrote, which is in the book. The poem describes the aftermath of an apocalypse.
6. What book are you reading now?
I am re-reading “Black House” by Stephen King and Peter Straub
7. What is your favorite book adaptation film? And why?
“The Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King
8. On When Earthlings Weep, did you know how it would end, before you started writing the novel or did you go along and eventually figure it out?
When I write, I have real good idea how I will start the book, and a pretty good idea about story and characters for the middle. I usually have no idea at all how my stories will end, until the story whispers it to me.
9. Do you have any upcoming novel you'd like to talk about and in what genre?
I have another Sci-Fi I am currently writing, which I am about half-finished. Unlike ‘When Earthlings Weep’, full of action and craziness from the start, my next will have just a handful of characters, slower paced…but very intense.
10. Where can those interested in When Earthlings Weep get it at?
Thanks again to Mr. Barnett for taking the time to do this and I hope everyone of you would check out his novel soon because it sounds really interesting. Take care and I hope you have a great day and a happy read of course.
Just saw the trailer and i thought it was a very interesting movie to share on my blog. The main character is an author and it seems, by the trailer, he's dealing with the struggles that comes with being a writer ( which I could relate as well as other writers out there). I don't know what the full plot of the movie is about but it got my attention when Bradley Cooper's character (from the trailer) seemed to be struggling to make it as a popular author. It just seems like a movie i would like to see and i hope it will be as good as Limitless( which also starred Bradley Cooper, i guess this guy likes acting as a writer). By the way Limitless is based on a book "The Dark fields" by Alan Glynn. So here is the Youtube Trailer.
I happened to stomped upon an advice section of a website and i thought that this were very good advice for anyone that want to write a novel. This advice was given by an author name Terry McMillan.
1. Write as if no one is ever going to read it.
2. Try not to read, revise or rewrite what you've written until you've had a chance to let it simmer.
3. Don't believe your family, friends or lovers when they tell you: "It's great!" What else are they going to say?
4. Try not to think of an idea for a good story. In fact, leave your brain out of it.
5. Write about what frightens you. What you find perplexing. Disturbing. What breaks your heart. And what you wish you could change.
6. Write as if you're telling a story to an old friend you haven't seen in years. It's one way to find your own voice.
7. Read work by writers that you respect and admire. Just don't try to imitate them.
8. You want your reader to see what's on the page, not read the words, so paint a moving picture.
9. Don't compare what you're writing to published authors. They were once in your shoes.
10. Remember that a story is about someone who wants something and someone is preventing them from getting it. Whatever that might be.
11. All of us have flaws. Pass some of yours on to your characters!
12. You want your reader to care about your characters, worry about them and hope they can get out of whatever mess you put them in.
13.You have to have conflict in your story. Even fairy tales and cartoons have them.
14. Even if your early work gets rejected, don't beat yourself up. It doesn't mean your work isn't good. It may not be ready yet.
15. If you feel the same after you finish writing something as you did when you started, you've wasted your time.
16. Fiction is a way of making a lie believable.
17. Write the kind of story you'd like to read.
18. Read everything you write aloud. Pets make great listeners. They don't judge.
19. Don't forget that a story should be life affirming. There's enough negativity in the world as it is.
20. Tell the story from your character's point of view instead of yours.
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