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.
"Chins up Smile on"
"Chins up Smile on," Why???? because the teaser to catching fire is finally here:)
Here is the plot line from wikipedia:
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way, Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.
I have to say the teaser of catching fire was much better than the teaser of the first movie. I remember the first movie being extremely short and pointless. This one, catching fire, showed alot more although leaving alot away as well. i like that they showed the prime characters from film one and not the new casts of catching fire. I bet they are leaving the introduction of the new casts or rather the former victors for a longer, grander trailer (which i hope would be release sooner, perhaps in late May, early June). It looks like Catching Fire is following the same style from The Hunger Games which is a good thing and a bad thing depending on how the entire movie would turn out. Good thing being that it's sticking with the gritty, reality of the world. It has a familar feel to what we're used to from the first movie. However what i meant by "Bad thing" is that it might become boring to see the same style of filming. if it has the same filming style and has nothing new to the table then it would become tedious (for lack of a bettter word). I thought the brilliant point in the teaser was the conversation between President Snow and Plutarch Heavensbee. I hope you enjoy the teaser, and i can't wait to see the full trailer.
Man November seems so far away but as we all know time flies. Before you know it the movie would be here.
P.S. My interview with the author of' "WHEN EARTHLINGS WEEP'' Michael Barnett would be posted on April 23. I hope you check that out!!!
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