I first talked to Barry Eva a few months ago, when I was a guest on his show A Book and a Chat. He made me feel immediately comfortable and as a result, the interview was one of the most fun I’ve ever done. Barry has a natural ability to put someone at ease and talk about the things that people are really interested in.
As if that wasn’t enough, he’s also an accomplished author! His book, Across the Pond, gets rave reviews on Amazon and shows just how much Barry’s fans appreciate him.
I know you’re going to love this interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
Like everybody who I seem to have interviewed I started writing from an early age however my spelling issues and perhaps that my brain ran ahead of my writing meant that I had some challenges. Then I wrote a few poems, which later turned into writing songs, then children stories, short romances to finally my YA novel.
What types of writing do you do?
I have been known on the internet for my short romance stories, these have been proved very popular in fact I even published a very, very badly edited book “Stories from the heart” which you can’t purchase any more. The stories are really short, like a 5/10 minute read. In fact some people call them bathroom stories, as that might be the only place you can get 5/10min peace and quiet.
What’s the best thing about writing?
I write so people become the character, with humor and for all ages. The fact that my reviews on Amazon are from people from ten to eighty makes it all worth while.
Share some of your writing goals.
My aim is to complete my second book (then third then fourth). I have the storyline; I just don’t get time or the peace and quiet to get down to the writing. With two young children, a full time job, two radio programs, and other outside hobbies like sport and karaoke.
Is there a specific time of day you like to write?
Hmmm see line above.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Piers Anthony’s First Xanth Book.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have always wanted to entertain, be it singing, or writing, to put a smile on a person face makes everything worth while.
Bernard Cornwell and Alexander Kent (I love sea faring and adventure books).
Book you’re currently reading.
“The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun: Book Two in the Tellings of Xunar-kun” by Tina Field Howe. Tina is a future guest on my “Book and a Chat” blog radio show and I’m really enjoying her books.
Any type of writing ritual you have?
With my romance stuff, I churn ideas and twists over in my mind driving to and from work for a couple of days before finally writing the words. I try and do much the same with my novel, but in chapters. I always try and leave the reader wanting to turn the page.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?
It happens, but I would never try and force it, forced writing is never the same as free flowing. If I get a block, I stop and wait until the words are ready to flowagain.
What’s the measure of a successful writer?
If people enjoy the book, that is a success ever review, email or blog write up, that is a success.
Advice for other writers?
There are many, many people out there on blogs or in groups who are only too willing to help you, but above all HAVE FAITH IN YOURSELF.
Where can we learn more about you?
At http://across-t-pond.com you can learn about me and also meet a few of the characters from the book.
Anything else you’d like to add?
If people want to enjoy a fun book video try my silent movie “It Must be a Good Book” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2hn1q0DZ34
Book Site: http://across-t-pond.com
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