Q: Jay BarnsonÂ what makes you passionate about writing?
A: I love exploring imaginary worlds and meeting interesting characters. I love asking “what if?” and seeing how things might work. And then I love sharing these places and people and situations with others.
Q: Do you have a writing routine?
A: I always start with an outline. By the time the first draft is done, I’ve usually gone way off the rails from the original outline. Things develop differently than I expected them too. I don’t think this is a bad thing, but an outline gives me at least a “jumping off place.” You need somewhere to start!
Q: Very true.Â What is the title of your book?
A: My latest work is a short story in an anthology, “Beyond the Wail: 12 Grave Stories of Love and Loss.” My story is entitled “Cold Spot.”
Q: What genre does your book fall under?â€¨
A: Beyond the Wail is an anthology of paranormal stories. A lot of them are about ghosts of lost loved ones. Mine’s about a lost laptop computer.
Q: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A: Maybe Andrew Garfield to play Nate, the hacker. And let’s have Jessie Eisenberg playing Mike, the young entrepreneur of the security company. And for the role of Bob… well, he’d probably be CGI. I’ll let you read the story to figure out who Bob is…
Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your story?
A: Two tech-savy friends search for a laptop that mysteriously disappeared inside a locked room, and learn that some things that are lost might be better not found.
Q: Creeeeeeepy.Â Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?â€¨
A: Beyond the Wail is published by Xchyler Publishing
Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A: It’s just a short story of I’m honestly not sure. It’s about 7600 words, so it just peeks into novelette territory. I worked on it off-and-on over the course of about two weeks. Probably half was written over the course of a weekend. I’m not as fast as I’d like to be. I’ve got a bad habit of trying to edit my first draft as I go. I need to break that!
Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A: I am not sure about books. I was thinking about the TV show “The Twilight Zone” as I wrote this. Probably the closest would be one of my favorite episodes, “Little Girl Lost.” The story was by Richard Matheson who was just an absolute genius, though I never read his original short story that was made into the screenplay. But where your average Twilight Zone episode would usually end tragically for the two young men, I wanted to keep going. I challenged myself to explore what would happen next.
Q: I can hear the Twilight song in my brain.Â Who or What inspired you to write this story?
A: Again, The Twilight Zone. That show was absolutely amazing. I discovered it when I was around twelve years old, and it blew my mind. The stories were weird and twisted and seemed to come from the shadows of my own dreams and nightmares, and I have always wanted to tell stories like that.
Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
A: This anthology was produced from a competition with a record number of entries by Xchyler Publishing. I am very pleased to be featured. My wife also succeeded in getting into the anthology, with her first-ever attempt to submit a story for publication! She didn’t have to go through the rejections I have. I’m in awe of her talent.
Her story is called “Go Gently.” It’s about ghosts, and a magical fiddle.
Q: Where can we find your book?Â
A: Beyond the Wail can be found at Amazon:
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