Hello, welcome to Writer to Writer Wednesday, we are so very glad to have you with us. The Hellfire Herald would like to extend a warm welcome to Carrie Lynn Barker
Keira: You have a story coming out soon though Eternal Press entitled Exodus. What is that about?
Exodus is book number three from Eternal Press in my series following government created heroine, Christiana Fletcher. Her search for Arturo Holt, her creator, is never ending and the game he and his favorite experiment, Chris play has become more deadly. Chris finds herself in the presence of yet another bitter assassin, one sent to kill her. Except this time, it isn't just another day on the job for the hired killer. It's personal.
Keira: What made you choose that title?
I started off with Revelations, went to Genesis and decided to continue with the Biblical titles, since I was on a roll. Exodus will be the last Biblical title I use though. While none of the books have major religious themes, the titles, in their general sense of the words themselves, fit the story lines. I’ve always been fascinated with religion and all it entails, though I’m not really religious myself, so I have spent a good deal of time studying. I like the stories in the Bible that go along with the titles I chose for my novels.
Keira: Where did the idea for your story come from?
I started out Revelations with the intention of making it a three part series. I’m a big fan of the X Files, still to this day though the show has been off the air for quite some time. A few of my basic ideas stemmed from watching that show and just grew on their own. I have a tendency to let the characters lead the way so Exodus was just Chris holding my hand and guiding.
Keira: Please share a particular detail about one of characters, please.
Chris Fletcher carries a lot of secrets, some of which may never completely be revealed. Though I created her, sometimes I think she might have created parts of me as I developed her over the years. She’s uneducated, defiant and sometimes a bit devious but she always has the best intentions.
Keira: Please tell us about any future projects you are planning.
There is a fourth part in the Chris Fletcher series, already written and just about ready to go, but I am working on a few other things to keep myself busy. My current favored project involves a love story and a woman who is completely void of emotion as she tries to teach herself how to love the man who is madly in love with her. It’s got a bit of the paranormal in it, as well as a bit of mystery.
Keira: Are you currently running any contests? What are they?
No, but I’ve certainly thought about it!
Keira: How many books have you written?
In total, complete I have written about 15, though some have gotten a bit lost over the years between computers… Exodus will be my fourth published novel, the third by Eternal Press. The first, a comedy called Fractious, was published a couple years ago by Uncial Press. I’ve been writing since I was a child and I still have some of my hand written novels. Someday maybe I’ll find time to pull those out and rewrite them so I can add more to the list.
Keira: We have a special place for unpublished writers in our hearts, here at the Hellfire Herald. So what advice would you give to an unpublished writer?
Never stop. Writing can be like an addictive drug, and if you love it, never stop writing. Be smart when querying publishers; find out what they really want instead of just randomly sending out your work. I never thought I would get published until I paused, took a breath and paid attention to what it was I was trying to accomplish. And it worked! It didn’t take long, after I first sent out Fractious, for Uncial Press to pick it up. Because I hit them at the precise moment when they were looking for comedy.
Let’s get personal…
Keira: Do you work at job outside the home or is this only career?
I have the best job in the world, aside from writing (which actually is the best job ever). I work both from home and at an office – which is really just my boss’s condo. But I can’t tell you what I do - it’s a secret… No literally, I work for a secret shopping company. That’s my full time job. I just won’t say which one.
Keira: What’s your favorite thing to do?
Writing is my favorite thing in the world. I could write all day, all night, every day of every year. There is nothing I would rather do.
Keira: Do you have a special writing method?
I don’t have a method. Like I said, the characters take me along for the ride, most of the time. I tried outlining. Had no luck. Tried brainstorming. Got sidetracked. I did lots of things that you hear about writers using but nothing worked for me. So I just tag along, pretty much, as the story tells itself. I do spend a lot of time developing my characters.
Keira: Where in the Hell did you find time to write?
I still haven’t found any time to write. My work takes up most of my life and I barely have time to breathe, a lot alone write. My computer is on from 8 am until 7 pm or later, every single day. But, if I didn’t write, you’d probably see me on the news or something so I find time. A few hours here, a few minutes there. I’m constantly working on scenes and stories in my head when I’m doing other things so if I didn’t let all that stuff out, I would probably explode. So, when I actually sit down to write, most of what I’m writing is already detailed in my mind. I can write 2000 words an hour on a good day.
What we’d done in San Francisco, in setting fire to the base on Diablo Peak, started string of rumors. Rumors about me. That I was the one who would stop the experimenting once and for. That I was the savior. People were begging for me to come forth, to reveal myself again. To push the envelope. To save their souls.
That would be me.
You can find Carrie Lynn Barker at: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001229230781
You can find Revelations and Genesis at: www.eternalpress.biz
For Revelations - http://www.amazon.com/Revelations
For Genesis - http://www.amazon.com/Genesis
For Fractious - http://www.amazon.com/Fractious