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.